My Fig Tree

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Project by Karson posted 10-11-2013 03:52 PM 4276 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 4-5 years ago one of the kids gave my wife a fig tree. for Mothers day or her birthday or our Anniversary. The reason is lost to me but the fig tree gives lots of nice figs.

It’s a Brown Turkey Fig or Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey’ The tag was still on the tree.

Key benefits Richly flavored fruit has purple tinged, mahogany-brown skin. Has few seeds and is best eaten fresh. tree is cold hardy, deciduous.

Grows 40’ high and 60’ wide Full sun. We have it planted where it gets about 4 -5 hours of direct sun a day.

It seems that where every leaf leaves a branch then there is a fig. The leaf is as big as my head.

Right now the tree is about 12’ tall and about 10’ wide and in September there are still baby figs on the tree.

I don’t know if they will ripen before the frost hits.

I picked about 60 figs in this one occurrence and and have picked many a few times but it’s now maybe 1 or 2 or 3 at a time and maybe a week before more become ready to pick.

It states that when you squeeze the fruit and it’s soft it’s time to pick.

-- Karson retired in DE e-mail

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 10-11-2013 04:34 PM

oh rub it in!!!!

how wonderful. Oh how I get to taste a fig one day—let alone a tree full.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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hardiness zone 11

posted 10-11-2013 08:06 PM

Thanks Karson for the pictures. This is a typical tropical tree and I never thought it will grow in your region (Hardiness 6-7 I suppose). The fruit is very delicious.


-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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posted 10-11-2013 09:09 PM

Yes that’s where we are 6-7

-- Karson retired in DE e-mail

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hardiness zone 7a

posted 10-12-2013 12:47 PM

YUM! I planted a Brown Turkey fig at my old house and it wasn’t happy in the limited sun and temperature zone there as it would fruit late and never ripen. I later put in a Celeste green fig and this one will fruit in the late spring until fall. I highly recommend the Celeste fig and if you plant it on the southern side of the house in full sun, it will give you several crops.

You do have to be diligent in harvesting to beat the birds and the insects, as the ants and bees will take over if you wait too long. Unfortunately, rain will also rot the fruit as it will get into it if the fruit is facing upwards and the opening that allows insects to pollinate it allows rain in too.

-- A weed is a plant that is growing where it was not purposefully placed by human hands.

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posted 10-14-2013 06:15 PM

candied figs

1 of my fav ingredients to fine cooking

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 10-17-2013 04:17 AM

Karson, what a lovely tree! I would like to grow figs. The fruit tastes so sweet and unique, but I think the difference between our growing climates would make it a high-maintenance choice for me. I will just be happy to know that you are growing figs successfully. Enjoy a few of them for me. : )

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