10 years to reach maturity
Figs are ripe when the skin changes colour and the fruit becomes less firm. The fruit bruises easily so pick before they are fully ripe, but not too early as they will not ripen off the tree.
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Fig 'Brown Turkey' Overview
Figs are small deciduous shrubs or trees with large leathery leaves. Ficus carica 'Brown Turkey' is a late-season variety which is not too sensitive to the cold. Also known as Fig 'Brown Turkey', it bears large, egg-shaped figs with violet-brown skin and strawberry coloured flesh. Foliage is deeply lobed, the flowers non-showy, grown more for the fruits which follow the blooms. It is self-fertile and hardy to minus 10 degrees Celsius. This cultivar has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.
Common problems with Fig 'Brown Turkey'
Fig stem borer and birds. Remove the tree as fig mosaic virus appears (dappled yellow spots on the green leaves).
Fig 'Brown Turkey' Companion Plants
How to propagate Fig 'Brown Turkey'
Sowing time during winter. Germination time around 1-3 months. Seeds are often spread by birds and animals that ate the fruit.
Hardwood cutting in winter. Take long cuttings of 30-40cm and plant deep-about a third to halfway into sandy soil mixture.
Special features of Fig 'Brown Turkey'
Attracts useful insects
Pollinated by fig wasp.
Use a large container.
Figs grow along streams and rivers, but need draining when young.
Espalier the fruit tree in interesting shapes to make a neat hedge screen.
Other uses of Fig 'Brown Turkey'
Figs are high in fibre and essential minerals like Calsium, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and Vitamins.
Figs are used fresh, dried or preserved.