Brown Turkey is a hardy, reliable variety of fig tree which produces large dark brown figs with a red flesh. Fig Brown Turkey can be grown outside in a well-sheltered spot with plenty of sun. This fig is ideal for pot growing. If planting into the ground Fig Brown Turkey should be restricted within a pot or 'fig pit' (a roughly 2 foot square pit lined with paving slabs or brick) to prevent the root system from getting too large. Given the right position figs are easy to grow and a treat in August when the rich, sweet red flesh is ripe.
We have both small fig bushes and mature trees at least 1.5m tall with a 1m clear stem, trained as a standard (ie lollipop shape).
AKA Ficus carica 'Brown Turkey', Fig bush
Fig trees or bushes can be planted at approx. 3m between plants. Our pot grown Brown Turkey Fig trees/bushes can be planted at any time of the year, whereas bare root figs need to be planted between November and March.
Whether planting a pot grown or bare root fig tree, it is important to restrict the roots for the best quality and quantity of fruits. You can either plant in a container, or next to a wall, lining the sides of your planting hole with paving slabs. Prepare your site as you would normally, removing all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Then dig a square hole slightly deeper than your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. Once you have dug your hole, place your paving slabs so they are slightly higher than the soil level (about 2.5cm) and line the bottom with broken bricks or rubble to improve drainage. To help your fig tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow by sprinkling in the hole (for pot grown trees).
Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the plant. We recommend planting fig trees that have a single stem with a stake and tie kit, although the bush form does not require it. For further information, visit the help and advice section.
If you’re planting in spring or summer, water well and regularly for the first few months. Make sure to keep an eye on young fig trees and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. To check if the soil requires further water, dig a finger down into the soil, a few centimetres and if the soil feels even slightly moist, it does not need further watering. If it feels dry, water and repeat this test again. Once you see your fruits begin to swell, water again. We stock a range of irrigation kits that make watering easier.
Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons.
Fig trees should be pruned at three different times of the year. Firstly in spring, removing any branches that are crossing or damaged. In summer, pinch out the new growth, leaving about 5 or 6 leaves. Finally, in autumn remove any of the larger fruits that have failed to ripen but leave the smaller, pea-sized embryo fruits.
Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.
There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.
Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.
Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees. For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.
1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat
1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat
2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat
1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat
Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.
The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.
Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.
Below are definitions of various forms, which refer to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. For more advice, please contact us.
Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.
Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.
Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.
Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.
Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.
Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.
Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branch), which supports a branched crown. Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.
Standard either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard 10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard 12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height
The table below gives sizes and forms available for this variety, along with photos you can enlarge (these are only a guideline as all plants are unique so vary).
|Plant Specification||Root type||Supplied Size||Price||Quantity Qty|
|5L pot||40-60cm||£24.99 (ex VAT)|
|12L pot||175-200cm||£49.99 (ex VAT)|