fig 'Brown Turkey'

2 litre pot (60cm) £24.99
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Buy fig 'Brown Turkey' fig Brown Turkey: Brown, pear-shaped fruit with red flesh

This plant is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: will tolerate most soils, except very badly drained
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    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 large pot in the ground or in a lined pit to restrict root growth as unrestricted root growth often 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.

    Figs are capable of producing three crops of fruit every year, but in our climate it is the tiny little ones that you find tucked into the leaf axils in autumn, that if protected from frosts, will go on to ripen in their second summer. Therefore if you are growing the fig for its fruit rather than its foliage, you should remove any developing fruits that are larger than a pea in autumn, and either cover the crown of the tree with a blanket of frost fleece or try to gently pack it with straw. This will keep them snug and warm throughout winter and push the plants energy into the development of the young fruits, which should grow into fully ripened figs next year.

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Notes on fig 'Brown Turkey'

"An old boy on an allotment told me that if you dip a clean needle into olive oil and then slide it into the eye of a fig, it will ripen more quickly. I don't understand the science behind this idea, but it works"

Good healthy Fig


This arrived promptly and I planted it immediately following the instructions provided, it has flourished and gone from a small well formed plant to a vigorously growing young tree. It has already produced it's first fig and this coming season I hope to see more.




Yes would buy again


Have got this in a pot. I have grown a fig before which is now a large and still productive tree. Have downsized and put this one in a large pot in a sunny patio location. Looks good so far - first winter for it with me.




Excellent starter tree - good shape


Fig tree has been quick to establish and had 5 fruit on it this year.

Geology Girl



Healthy plant


Good sized healthy brown fig plant, which is growing well

Thames valley gardener

Thames Valley


I would buy this product again


Plant arrived well packaged, healthy and of a good size. Currently thriving although wrapped up nice and toasty until the last of the frosts are over. Very pleased with my Fig Tree and excited to watch it grow and produce fruit in the years to come. I find the customer service excellent at Crocus and their plants good value for money :)




Something different


I like the leaves on it and the interest of figs, but have not had long enough to really know if I like it or not




I would buy this again


The fig has been planted next to a dessert apple tree. Together they provide lovely fruit in the summer but also form a lovely natural border to give us privacy in the garden




Looks happy in its tub


Look forward to sampling the fruit




Happy tree


Great tree, very healthy on arrival, produced many fruits the first year, love it




Fruited the first year


I was told that it's really difficult to get fruit from figs and that it was unlikely I'd get any fruit in the first year, well I didn't get anything big enough to ripen but there were plenty of fruit which will grow next year and ripen (I hope!). I put the fig into a big pot rather than in the ground because my allotment gets VERY cold and is VERY windy in the winter so I wanted to be able to move it into the polytunnel to overwinter. The plant itself is very healthy and I've been very very impressed with it.


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Which pot of yours would you recommend that goes well with the brown turkey fig tree? Thanks,


If you want to plant it up into its forever home straight away, then I would opt for a large pot. Something like our Terracotta Citrus pot, or our Monachou fardipati terracotta pot (please see links below) would be ideal.


I have a small Brown Turkey fig from you, given as a present, it is in a smallish pot but has given me three lovely figs. Is it OK to repot it now and if so do I just go up a pot size or use a very large pot. It has quite a few small figs which I think I remove. Will reporting it interfere with next years fruiting? Thank you


If the fig has outgrown its pot, then you could pot it up now - and as the general consensus is that they fruit betterwhen their roots are restricted, then I would just go up a size or two. If this is done carefully it should not affect the crop of fruits, however any that are larger than a pea should be picked off in autumn.


Hi Crocus - I've just bought two Brown Turkey fig tree's to plant out in our garden. The instructions suggest they are planted in pots or a lined pit to restrict root growth. What size pot / pit would you suggest and would it need to be planted in any particular medium or added fertiliser? Many thanks - Steve


With regards to the compost, I would advise using John Innes No.2 or No.3, and you can feed it during the growing season with a good general purpose fertiliser.


There are no hard and fast rules re the pot size, however I would say as large as possible for the space - and ideally no smaller than 45-50cm in diameter.


Hi, I have ordered a Brown Turkey Fig, please can you tell me what conditions/ temperatures it has been grown in? I will be growing it against a south west facing garage wall, it is a little exposed. Am I best to keep it in a south facing unheated greenhouse & harden it off? I also have a west facing sheltered porch where I could cover it in fleece until the frosts have passed? Any advice is greatly appreciated. Many thanks.


Hello, These plants are not quite fully hardy, so we overwinter them in an unheated polytunnel. Therefore, you will not need to keep it under glass, but perhaps keep it on the porch (without the fleece), until it can be planted out.


I have a small south facing garden in London. There if not much room on the south facing wall due to a large patio door, but if i put a fig in a pot could I train it on a west facing fence?


Hello there Yes these grow well in pots as they seem to fruit better when the roots are restricted.

Hi, I bought this fig from you in the summer, a beautiful healthy plant. But now it looks very sorry for itself, leaves all yellow. I was under the impression that figs were evergreen, but perhaps I am mistaken and this is normal! If not, what might be the cause - could it be too much water?


Hello, Figs are not evergreen, so it is quite normal for them to be losing their leaves now.


Hi there. I'm thinking of buying the Ficus 'Brown Turkey', the intention is to have it in a large container and trained against a south facing wall. However, the wall space is fairly restricted - about 90cm width, just under 2.5m tall. Could I keep the fig tree within that sort of space by pruning, or would this be too detrimental to health/cropping? thanks for any advice.


Hello, 90cm does sound like a bit of a squeeze, but if you try to establish a U-shaped cordon, then you should just about get away with it.


Fig tree wanted! Hello I need some help please. I would like to buy my wife a fig tree for Christmas - mature enough so it will produce lots of fruit quickly........... It would be our intention to plant it in the garden, so I assume Fig 'Brown Turkey' would be the best variety, but I would welcome your advice Thanks in anticipation Regards Tom

Roche Tom

Hello Tom, We only sell the one fig, which is Ficus carica 'Brown Turkey'. We chose this one because it tends to be hardier here in the UK and reliably produces a good crop of fruit when mature - although I would not expect a decent crop for a few years as it will need time to become established. If you click on the following link it will take you straight to it. I hope this helps. Helen

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Advice please on winter care for my new Fig tree Hello Crocus, I have a Fig which I bought from yourselves earlier this year. I believe it is hardy, but please can you confirm if I need to do anything to protect it from frost etc. It is in a fair-sized terracotta pot, standing on our patio against a wall. Also, during the summer, a friend advised to remove the green fruits, to encourage better fruiting next year. Was this good advice? Appreciate your help. Many thanks

Joy Osborn

Hello there, Figs are borderline fully hardy, so if you have a sheltered garden or live down south, then your tree should be fine without protection unless the temperatures really drop dramatically. If however your garden is very exposed or cold, then you should move it against a south facing wall if you can and cover it in frost fleece. As for the fruits, as general rule they can produce three crops per year, but it is the little tiny ones that you find tucked into the leaf axils, that are produced late in the year that overwinter and then go on to ripen in their second summer. Ideally you should try to remove all the fruits that are larger than a pea in mid autumn, and this will direct more energy into pushing these into developing next year. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Moving a large Fig Tree Hello, I have a fig tree growing against the front wall of my house. It is getting huge, obscuring the window and I don't like to think where the roots are going under my house. So I want to re-plant it in the front garden. What is the best time to move it? Will it die of shock? And should I contain it in a huge pot rather than the ground? Had wonderful figs this year! Hope you can help. Regards, Isla

Isla Blair

Hello Isla, If the fig has only been in the ground for a few years, then it should be quite successful moving it if done correctly, and you may be able to fit it into a really large pot. The best time to move established shrubs is in the autumn when the soil is still warm but the plant isn't in full active growth. Begin by marking a semi-circle around the fig, as wide as the widest branch. Dig a trench along the line of this semi-circle. Use a fork to loosen the soil around the root ball as you go to reduce it's size and weight so that it becomes manageable. When the root ball looks about the right size that you can still move it, but there are still a lot of roots intact, begin to under cut the root ball with a sharp spade to sever the biggest woody roots. Roll up the root ball in sacking or plastic to protect the roots from damage and drying out and move it quickly to its new home. It is important to have the site ready so that you can transplant the fig at once and it isn't left for hours (or worse!) drying out. Remove the sacking and plant it in the new hole, at the depth at which it was previously planted. Firm well, water well and mulch with a good thick layer of well rotted farmyard manure. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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