Thompson & Morgan

Important delivery notice
The products on this site are only delivered to UK addresses. If you require delivery to another country please visit one of our other sites below.

Rollover image for an enlarged view

Fig 'Brown Turkey' Standard

Ficus carica, Common Fig, Patio fruit tree

Hardy Shrub

 Customer Rating

Our Fig 'Brown Turkey' standard trees are supplied with a small head of branches above a straight single stem to create an attractive standard tree that is ideally suited to growing in patio containers.

Specially selected for the UK climate, Fig 'Brown Turkey' is fully hardy and can be grown very successfully outdoors. This popular self fertile fig tree produces large crops of sweet, juicy figs with a deep red flesh under their brown skins. Fruits develop in spring and ripen from August to September. A second crop often develops in late summer and if protected, these fruits will ripen during the following summer. Height: 2m (78"). Spread: 1m (39").

Estimated time to cropping once planted: 1 year.
Estimated time to best yields: 3 years.

Ideal For:
patio, kitchen garden, greenhouse, exotic garden, specimen plant
full sun
    • 1 x 5 litre potted fig plant

    • Despatch: Within 28 days
    • £34.99
Grow fig trees in a sheltered, sunny position. A warm, south facing site against a wall is ideal. Figs prefer a moisture retentive, fertile, well drained soil that is slightly alkaline. Prior to planting fig trees, incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost into the planting hole. Figs have a vigorous growth habit but can be restricted by constructing a 60cm (2') square, open bottomed brick or concrete pit around the root system. Add a 15cm (6") layer of broken stone to the base of the pit. Alternatively plant figs in large patio containers using a well drained compost such as John Innes No.3. When growing fig trees in containers they should be repotted every two years. If figs are to be wall trained, install support wires prior to planting.

Water fig trees regularly, particularly during hot dry periods. Figs will not require much feeding except for a mulch of well rotted manure or compost to the base of the plant in spring. In particularly cold areas container grown plants can be moved to a frost free position in winter to protect the developing fruits and fruit bearing shoot tips from frost. Protect the fruits and stems of figs grown outdoors by wrapping them in a layer of straw and hessian in severe weather.

Figs may be fan trained against a wall or grown as a bush. To bush train: Start pruning fig trees in the first spring after planting. Select 8 to 10 well spaced branches on a clear trunk of at least 60cm (24") and shorten them by half to encourage more branching and to establish a framework. Remove the central stem to just above the highest of the selected branches. Remove any crossing, crowded or damaged shoots from between selected branches to create an open bush.

In following years figs require little pruning except to remove any damaged or misplaced shoots to maintain the open framework. New shoots can be pinch pruned in summer back to 5 or 6 leaves to encourage fruit formation.

When growing figs in the UK climate the fruits will develop in spring and ripen throughout the summer for harvesting in late summer or autumn when soft. A second crop may begin to develop in late summer. Leave these figs intact - any that survive the winter will ripen the following year.

Caution: The foliage and sap of Ficus carica is harmful if eaten and may irritate the skin and eyes.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a P&P charge of £1.95.
Orders which include any other products will incur a P&P charge of £4.95.
Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products a maximum P&P charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Please see our Delivery / P&P page for further details and details of any surcharges that may apply to certain destinations.

  1. Totally bare bucket of sticks

    By Christopher O'Connor 15-12-2016

    Took over a month to be delivered with no warning as to the delay. When the tree arrived it was totally bare, just a large stick with smaller sticks coming out. As such, it is totally inappropriate to plant indoors. When I called customer services I was told that this is how the tree would be delivered during winter (despite no warnings in the delivery or growing notes) and that we would have to wait until spring before any leaves would grow. Extremely disappointed with the product and customer service received.


    Thank you for your review. I am sorry to learn of your disappointment with your purchase. However, it is correct that your tree has arrived as expected at this time of year, due to the tree being in its dormancy phase. I can assure you that your tree will grow on as normal and will start to show signs in Spring, when the tree will be out of dormancy. If you do have any other queries, you are welcome to contact us again, and we will be happy to advise further.

  2. Homegrown fig within one year

    By Amy Shoesmith 18-09-2011

    I received my T&M fig tree standard in early spring this year, and even though the weather was not brilliant over the summer, I still had one fig from the tree. (I would have had 4 more, but the garden creatures got there first.) It tasted wonderful. Even without the fruit, the tree gives the garden a lot of interest for its beautiful leaves. I am growing mine in a pot on a sunny patio, and I've placed it near a wall to reduce the chances of it blowing over and to help with the sun ripening.

Post a review
Title of review

Rating 1 2 3 4 5
You will be redirected to login/registration page to post your review.
Reviews are subjected to approval.