Ficus carica 'Brown Turkey' | Fig Tree
The best fig to grow outside in the UK
Certainly one of the best figs for the British climate, should crop reliably in the UK given a sunny sheltered spot, ideally against a south or west facing wall. Wonderful Mediterranean fruit, a rich natural source of Vitamin C, drought tolerant once established and an excellent shade plant. Will grow well in a pot, or in a pot sunk into the ground to within 2.5cm of its top.
- Needs A Pollination Partner?: No
- Harvesting Period: July-September
- Estimated Time to Cropping: 2 Years
- Estimated Time to Best Yields: 5 Years
- Uses: Eating Fresh, Cooking
- Supplied As: 13L Pot Bush Trained
- Height on Arrival : 120-150cm (4-5 ft)
- Age: 2 Years
We have developed an eco friendly polypot that is currently in use across our 9 litre range. This polypot has less than 20% of the plastic used by a regular pot, and is importantly recyclable. Polypots also prevent root spiraling, encouraging a healthier root system.
All trees arrive in an extra thick cardboard box with a clamp to hold their pot in place. This prevents them from moving around on their journey.
Nursery staff will wrap the roots of our bare root trees and use compost to keep them moist during transportation. This extra protection prevents them from drying out, allowing for a flying start. We also use the same specialised box that our potted trees have to keep them nice and secure as they make their way to your home.
Please note: where your plant is supplied with a pot, your plant's 'Height on Arrival' includes the pot
- Dig a hole that is twice the radius of the rootball.
- Before planting, drench your tree’s rootball.
- Place the pot in the planting hole, making sure that it sits no lower than an inch below the ground.
- Fill the planting hole with a mix of compost and garden soil, and add fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. Take care to not compress the soil.
- Once you are happy with your efforts, provide your tree a good watering.
- Add mulch on top (whether bark and wood chippings, compost, manure, leaf-mould, and stones). Try to keep the mulch from touching the stem.
- Apply fertiliser, and replace decomposed mulch come spring.
Advice on hot and droopy plants
If your plants are looking a little wilted right now, don’t worry! Plants like to be filled with water to keep their structure, and when it’s hot that water evaporates.
Just give them an off-schedule watering and they’ll be right as rain in no time! Be careful not to flood them - plants don’t like extremes.
- Hardiness: As they are native to Western Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean, Fig trees are best grown in full sun. Figs should be wrapped in frost protection come winter, and once dormant, potted plants can be moved into any unheated outbuilding.
- Position: To produce a good crop, figs need to be grown in a greenhouse, or against a south facing wall. Planting your fig tree in a sheltered spot will help prevent uprooting in strong winds.
- Soil: Soil types can be an unwelcome confusion as many plants will adapt to their conditions. Nonetheless, less than ideal conditions will certainly limit your fig tree’s growth. Waterlogged soils will starve it of oxygen, which plays a key role in photosynthesis; causing the roots to rot and creating an optimal environment for disease.
- Pots: Figs grow very well in pots, and this is because the restriction on growth encourages fruit set. Figs are suited to marginally acidic soil, so all compost apart from ericaceous and mushroom is suitable. We recommend that you use a black pot as it will better absorb heat, while white mulch reflects light onto your plant.
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