Fig

Ficus carica 'Brown Turkey'

Fig - Ficus carica  'Brown Turkey'

Common Name: Fig
Genus: Ficus
Species: carica
Cultivar: 'Brown Turkey'

Category: Fruit & Vegetables
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Edible fruit, Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 5.00 m (500 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 2.00 m (200 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Green

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

This deciduous spreading shrub is highly ornamental with large glossy palmate leaves. It is best grown against a south or south-west facing wall where in long hot summers it will produce an abundant crop of brown pear-shaped fruit with red flesh. These figs are rich and sweet and available for picking from August to September. An interesting and easy plant to grow and one of the oldest fruits in cultivation.

  • Garden care: Plant in a 40cm (15in) pot in the ground or in a lined pit to restrict root-growth - unrestricted root growth leads to poor fruiting. Prune in spring when all chance of frost has past. Remove any frost-damaged or weak branches and thin out shoots to let light in. Some pruning may be required in summer - trim all new shoots back to five or six leaves.

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