Brown Turkey Fig
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Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey’
Humanity’s love for figs is old – very old. But for much of the US, the Common Fig of antiquity is poorly adapted to the climate, requiring a Mediterranean climate for survival. For these cooler environments, we have the Brown Turkey cultivar. A very old cultivar in its own right, the Brown Turkey Fig is more cold hardy and is said to have originated in Provence, France. The cultivar forms a coarse, broad rounded shrub-like tree that can be trained to a single stem. Its fruit is purple-brown with richly toned pink flesh and can be harvested twice a year – in late spring and again in late summer. Highly adaptable, the plant can survive in zones 5 and 6 if planted in a sheltered location near the home or placed in a movable container. Brown Turkey Figs require light annual pruning and have somewhat invasive, shallow roots. The early spring harvest can be highly susceptible to late freeze damage; so, stay vigilant. The plant produces its delicious fruit after 3 to 5 years of age, and will produce prolifically from that point forward. In general, figs do not ripen off the tree so pick figs when they are the ripest. Figs do not have a long shelf life and will spoil within 7-10 days after harvesting. Planting instruction can be found at boydnursery.net/planting/.
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Flowers are unisexual and minute (<1"), borne in leaf axils, self-pollinating, copper to lavender in color; flowers are produced on the inside of a concave receptacle which when mature is enlarged and fleshy and contains the true fruits (achenes); fruits are brownish purple in color and palm-sized
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zone 7a – 11b *need help finding your hardiness zone?
Leaves are alternate, simple, 3-5 lobed, 4-8" in length, and on occasion even larger in length and width, cordate, depth of sinuses variable, lobes usually scalloped into broad rounded teeth, dark green, both surfaces scabrous with short stiff hairs; petiole 1-4" long
15-20 feet tall at maturity with an equal or greater spread
What am I buying?
We sell Brown Turkey Fig as rooted cuttings. Taken from Wikipedia, “a plant cutting is a piece of a plant that is used in horticulture for vegetative (asexual) propagation. A piece of the stem or root of the source plant is placed in a suitable medium such as moist soil. If the conditions are suitable, the plant piece will begin to grow as a new plant independent of the parent, a process known as striking.” Put more simply, a rooted cutting is a small clone of the specimen from which it was taken. As a genetically identical clone, the cutting shares all the characteristic traits and attributes of the cultivated variety. Our rooted cuttings are 3-6 months old and 4-8 inches in stem length above the soil line. They are clipped from our private stock plants and grown in root pruning trays at our temperature controlled greenhouse.
When are plants collected?
Once your order is placed, your plants will be collected as soon as the weather permits. This time-frame is normally within 3-7 days. During heavy order periods (April-May), this collection time can grow to 10-14 days.
How are plants shipped?
All shipments are mailed via USPS Priority Mail using PirateShip.com. We monitor national weather conditions and temperatures for shipments. If at any time your order must be delayed for weather concerns, we will contact you by phone and/or email. The day that your order is completed or partially shipped, you will receive an email containing your package tracking number. You can also find this updated information by logging into your account on our website.