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FigFicus caricaCommon Fig, Patio fruit tree

Hardy Shrub

What is Hardy Shrub?
Woody plant, usually having a permanent framework of branches.
Capable of withstanding outdoor winter temperatures down to -15C.

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Trained as a showy half standard tree

Well suited to UK conditions

Attractive and productive fruiting tree.

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Height Up to 300cm (118in)
Spread Up to 250cm (98in)

Hardy Shrub

patiokitchen gardengreenhouseexotic gardenspecimen plant

full sun

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Fig trees are well known for their richly flavoured fruits, but often overlooked for their ornamental appeal. This carefully trained, half standard features a mop of enormous, lobed green leaves that lend an exotic feel to the garden. The magnificent head of leaves top a clear, upright stem that makes a superb focal point for a courtyard garden, or a leafy addition to tropical and Mediterranean planting schemes.

Ficus carica produces sweet, juicy figs from August to September. The fruits develop in the spring, and then ripen from August to September. A second crop may sometimes develop in late summer and, if protected, these will ripen the following summer. Height: 3m (9'). Spread: 2.5m (8').

Plant height and spread is seasonal therefore we list by pot size rather than a defined plant size. The height and spread of the plant delivered will vary depending on the season, meaning arrival images are an indication only.

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1 x 10 litre potted half standard fig plant (KB0586)

1 x 5 litre potted half standard fig plant (KB9241)

1 x 15 litre potted half standard fig plant (KF2213)

How to Grow
Grow standard fig trees in a sheltered, sunny position. A warm, south facing site 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.
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Water standard 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.

Prune standard figs only to remove any damaged or misplaced shoots and 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.

Caution: irritant to skin and eyes,harmful if eaten


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 or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £6.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £7.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

Thompson & Morgan strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. Sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this, so regretfully we are unable to ship live plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3

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