Ficus carica Brown Turkey - Common Fig Brown Turkey in 9cm Pots
The figs are a huge genus of plant with over 800 species world wide. The vast majority are not hardy in the Uk. Happily this is not the case with Brown Turkey. A handsome architectural plant, it also has the advantage of producing delicious fruit
It can be grown in most locations but is undoubtedly at its best grown against a south facing wall with the branches trained along the wall. This however is not an exclusive requirement, so if you don't have such a wall, worry not, it will be just fine in most locations
If you are primarily interested in fruit, which Brown Turkey will reliably produce, be it all in smaller quantities in poor summers and sometimes two crops in good summers, then you should plant in a very sunny location and try to harshly restrict the spread of the roots. In Victorian times this plant was in great demand for its fruit and often the gardeners would sink and old galvanised water tank into the ground with the top just below soil level, fill with soil and plant the Fig inside the tank. Any container will do as long as it drains easily, as Figs do not like to be waterlogged
If you prefer the architectural effect of the foliage, then for best effect allow the roots free rein and plant in a shady location. Figs are often grown in a pot or other container, either outside or in a conservatory where a well cared for plant of a good size will produce abundant fruit. Use a good quality John Innes compost as this plant will be there a long time and peaty types of compost eventually degrade, become too packed and choke the roots. Ensure you prune and feed regularly as a hungry plant is a poor performer. We recommend Osmoscote pro 8-9 month applied in the early spring. One application gives all the nutrients the plant requires for the whole year. John Innes is a soils based compost.