The Brown Turkey fig, Ficus carica, produces large, sweet, juicy figs even in British conditions.
Fig Growing Tips
- Grown in a large pot they can get upto 12 feet tall but to encourage fruit prune in autumn and keep to a reasonable size about 5 -6 feet tall.
- Keep plants well watered particularly when young.
- Grown against a south facing wall the full sun will encourage both fruiting and ripening.
- Expect fruit to ripen in August or September and pick regularly leaving tiny, embryo fruit towards the ends of the shoots will over-winter and will ripen the following year.
- Left to grow some Figs varieties can produce very large trees but they are not suitable for the British climate.
- Fig trees do not need a pollinator so one tree should suffice.
- Some winter protection may be needed in very hard frost.
- Constrain the roots to encourage fruit and suppress the desire for the fig to become a large tree.