Name: Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey
Type of Plant: This fig tree is one of the hardiest but it best grown in pots in the Northeast if you want to harvest figs.
Why I Love/Hate this plant: An easy plant to grow as long as you’re willing to pull the pot into a garage or other area where the temperature won’t drop below 35 during the winter. Those who have a large enough greenhouse can keep the plant indoors, but it’s fine of the tree to go dormant as long as it’s not frozen.
A Word to the Wise: The bigger the plant, the larger the pot you should have it growing in…keeping in mind that you’ll need to use a dolly or other assistance if the container is too heavy.
Some people have trouble with birds or other critters getting the fruit as it ripens. If this happens to you you’ll need to use netting to protect your crop. As the fall proceeds we find that wasps and bees are more interested in our figs than the birds are, so before harvesting fruits we need to give the plant a shake to be sure we don’t grab a stinger along with a fig.
Water your plant deeply – the frequency will depend on how hot the temperatures are. Fertilize with a general organic such as Flower-tone.
Harvest the figs when they are a dark brown and the outside “cracks.”