Fig Brown Turkey

Fig Brown Turkey (Ficus carica) is an Asian species of flowering plant in the mulberry family. Both the tree and fruit are commonly called 'the fig'. Native to the Middle East and western Asia, it has been sought out and cultivated since ancient times and is now widely grown throughout the world, both for its fruit and as an ornamental plant. The RHS have awarded it the Award of Garden Merit.

All varieties of fig trees are fully self-fertile, so only one Brown Turkey is needed to produce fruit. It crops every year, almost without fail, and if Brown Turkey is planted in a nice sunny spot it will produce excellent fruit and heavy crops in sunny summers. The fruit matures slowly during the summer months ripening over a long period during August.

Our fig tree was planted in March 2020. Fig trees are tremendously vigorous and require pruning every year. Figs crop on last year's wood, which means they should be treated very like summer fruiting raspberries. Any wood that has fruited is cut out and older structural branches can be removed without fear of hurting the plant. In spring it is a good idea to cut out crossing branches and suckers. Depending on growth, sometime in the summer cut back new growths to 5-6 leaves to encourage fruit formation the following year. Before winter sets in remove any large fruits that have not ripened. However leave the little marble sized figlets for the following year. Always leave 5cm (2in) long stubs when removing any branches.