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The only cold hardy fig that can survive northern winters! You also get TWO harvests of vitamin-rich, plump figs in summer and fall that are delightful fresh or even dried. The fruit has a rich, sweet flavor that experts feel possess cancer fighting nutrients.

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Brown Turkey Fig

The Sexy Fruit of the Gods


The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back and to produce fruit.

We prune your tree throughout its life. This process takes us longer, but gives you more branches and quicker production.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you results the first full season.

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Brown Turkey Fig
Planting Kit
Planting Kit Fig Trees Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Your tree arrives pre-pruned... ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:
  1. 2 oz of Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.
Fungi Tree Guard
Mycorrhizal Fungi 24" Tree Guard
$ 19.90
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Planting Mix for Fig Trees
Planting Mix

Helps your Brown Turkey Fig get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Specially developed for plants that need a low pH. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels for acid loving plants. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Soil Contents
$ 13.98
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Brown Turkey Fig
Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant - 2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much need nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 oz. Per Gallon Size Container
1 oz. Per Ft. High Bare Root Plant

DIEHARD Transplant
$ 11.90
Sale: $ 5.95

Figs have deep roots in ancient civilizations that revered this bountiful tree. The Greeks thought figs to be sacred and associated them with love and fertility; and Romans believed figs were a gift from the god of intoxication, Bacchus. 

Most figs are balmy Mediterranean varieties, but the Brown Turkey Fig is the exception. This cold-hardy type features the finest qualities of a traditional fig, but it endures winters that would devastate most other fig trees. 

For those of you enamored of home fruit production, figs will delight you with two crops of fruit per year. The first crop is small (referred to as the breba crop) and arrives in late spring or early summer. Later, your main harvest ripens in early fall and is considerably larger. 

The fruit is medium to large in size, and sports a reddish-brown skin tinted with a deep purple hue. The meat of the fruit is a deep pinkish-red and of excellent quality when it comes to the various fig varietals. 

Hint: Never pick your figs green, and always let them ripen fully on the tree before picking for the sweetest and richest flavor. 

Fig fruit contains a higher quantity of fiber than any other dried or fresh fruit you can buy. They are super healthy and are a great source of calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper and iron. There is even some evidence that figs are beneficial in defending against breast and colon cancer. 

Dried for a sweet holiday snack, eaten fresh off the tree or cooked and canned as delicious fig preserves, this fruit should not be missed. A tantalizing and easy appetizer can be made by wrapping a piece of prosciutto around a fig with a slice of blue cheese on top. 

The Brown Turkey Fig can be considered either a small tree or a multi-stemmed shrub (referred to as a “trub”) decided only by the way you choose to train it. 

The Turkey Fig is as versatile as it is attractive. With a mature height of anywhere from 10-25 feet, this plant is as comfortable in a container as it is in the garden. Just remember, this goddess worships the sun and performs best when positioned to enjoy a full day’s worth or sunny rays. 

Brown Turkey Fig sports beautiful deep green leaves that are large and a bit bristly on both sides and provide interesting texture in the landscape. 

Take a history lesson from the ancient gods and order your Brown Turkey Fig today! 


Growing Zones: 7-10

Mature Height: 10-25 ft.
Mature Width: 12-15 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Ficus carica 'Brown Turkey'
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 7-10
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 7-10
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It's Easy to Plant your Brown Turkey Fig

Specific Directions for Brown Turkey Fig

Plant your Brown Turkey Fig in an area that receives full to partial sunlight. Brown Turkey Figs prefer full sun, but can tolerate shade. If kept indoors place your Brown Turkey Fig Tree by a large sunny window.

Brown Turkey Fig Trees will adapt to your natural soil even if it's sandy of heavy in clay as long as it's well draining. Give your Brown Turkey Fig Tree a deep watering every two weeks. Water your tree more frequently during dry spells or if you live in a dry climate.

Usually Brown Turkey Fig Trees don't require any fertilizer, but if your lawn lacks nutrients give your Brown Turkey Fig Tree well balanced fertilizer at the beginning of Spring. Small green flowers will bloom on your Brown Turkey Fig Tree every Spring and your figs will begin to grow.

Brown Turkey Fig trees have two harvests one in the early Summer and a second larger harvest in the early Fall. Your figs will be ripe and ready to be picked when they fully turn from green to a rust brown to purple color, and their necks are curved.

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Brown Turkey Fig.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Brown Turkey Fig gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Brown Turkey Fig again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Received fig tree 27 inches. Can see were it was pruned twice to make it branch out. In 2 months it is 31 inches high and 27 inches wide. It has 9 branches with 8 figs on it. Came in its own pot with a very well developed roots.
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December 31, 2012
My little brown turkey fig arrived a couple of months ago. He was short with a few leaves. Planted him within the first couple days and he is currently vibrant and flourishing!! Even though he's not much taller than when I got him, he is full of foliage and even has several figs! Ordered another today and one for my neighbor. I have been extremely satisfied with all the trees I've purchased from FGT and I'm sure I'll be buying more
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December 31, 2012
7 months ago
we ordered a Brown Turkey fig in Febuary and have kept it inside till late March. We moved it outside after hard freeze fears were mostly gone. It has set leaves and bloomed and no one can believe that it is not several years old. It looks great and I look forward to eating figs. Very Happy.
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December 31, 2012
1 year ago
Received my fig in EXCELLENT condition today. Hard to believe that it's been in a box for several days. Healthiest fig tree I've seen and shopped around before deciding to go with Paid a little more but got a SUPERIOR quality tree. It arrived with 2 dozen figs on it. I'll have fruit this year! Can't wait . . .
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December 31, 2012
Received my Turkey Fig in great shape - in a month it's foliage has doubled and it's doing wonderfully!
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December 31, 2012
2 years ago
Fig tree
the tree was in good condition when it arrived. Started growing new leaves right away,however, some of the old leaves started getting brown spots which I read is common and not treatable with fig trees. Seems to be doing well. Overall I am satisfied with my purchase
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September 28, 2014
7 months ago
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Brown Turkey Fig
The tree arrived shortly after placing the order. It was in good condition with small figs already growing. So far it is healthy and I look forward to next years growing season.
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September 24, 2014
7 months ago
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One tough tree!
It survived severe newbie conditions with help from some online friends, one tough tree for sure! What I dislike are the tiny web worms that hatched out from underneath one of the leaves from a brown egg mass a couple of days after I got it. Was able to kill them but not before they did some leaf damage. Tiny little buggars. Overall it is a good recovering and strong growing tree that has even provided a few rooted cuttings.
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September 26, 2014
7 months ago
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Northeast Experience
I received the fig tree in late summer. Transplanted it immediately, and placed it in a sunny outdoor location.
Carefully watered regularly. (It came in good condition, and there were small figs on it when it arrived.)

As the weather got colder, I moved it indoors to a sunny, south-facing, unheated porch. Finally, I moved it inside to a southerly window, but the shock and diminished sunlight caused it to loose all of its leaves. With the help of a grow light and the sun, we now have full replacement of the leaves, and even one fig.

As the days get longer, I expect more fruit.
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January 11, 2015
3 months ago
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I received the 3-gallon fig tree in August 2014. It came large and healthy. I am growing this tree on my patio in a huge container. Within a few weeks of receiving it, I had about 3-4 figs that ripened. I ate 2 very sweet figs and so did the birds. :) I purchased some net fabric from the fabric store and put on it to keep the birds off. I have not seen any figs since then; however, the tree is still growing & a healthy green color. Love it. Can't wait until the spring to see more figs ripen to eat.
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November 10, 2014
5 months ago
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will this fig survive chicago winters what is the coldest temperature it can withdatand?
A shopper on Aug 2, 2014
Best Answer: The Brown Turkey Fig is not cold hardy enough for Chicago winters. We do have a Chicago Hardy fig is more suitable for you.
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I'm putting the brown turkey fig in a 20 gallon pot how do you prune it to not get more than 8ft tall?
A shopper on Jul 25, 2014
Best Answer: Clip the branches back to the desired height that you would like to keep them. Make your cuts at 45 degree angles facing upward to promote new growth. It's best to prune in the early Spring.
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How tall is this when it arrives?
A shopper on Jul 15, 2014
Best Answer: The three gallon size is about a foot tall.
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Caring for a brown turkey fig in spring?
Barbara P on May 30, 2014
Best Answer: Hi there. The information given below is based on an article in last years organic gardening magazine and my sewing machine repair guy which is also an organic farmer that has a fig tree and I also own a fig tree.

Spring care for your brown turkey fig; it depends on what climate (or zone) you live in and if it is potted or planted in the ground. If planted in the ground, they do suggest planting it on a south facing wall. If planted where it freezes, it's recommended that you cover the tree with insulation to protect from frost. So, in the spring, you wouldn't uncover until there isn't any more frost. We have our brown turkey fig tree a large
pot and have it indoors until the last frost of the season and then move the tree to our outdoor deck. I would highly suggest a water ph soil measurer. It is suggested that the soil is kept around 2. In the spring, beautiful fig leaves will start forming, getting ready to potentially fruit! The branches also grow drastically if taken care of properly.

In the winter months, the tree goes dormant and sometimes even loosing all the branches down to the roots. It said not to be alarmed if the tree does that. While indoors this winter, it lost all leaves which is normal. We probably water the tree in the winter a total of about 2-3 times.

I hope this helps!
Good luck!
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i am starting late but i plan to purchase Fig trees in the middle of the summer of this year.
is that a good idea? which is a better timing.
am a novice with anything to do with planting.
but I learned from a seminar,Humans must sorround thyself
where everything is food or can be shared as food
that are healthy.
A shopper on Jun 25, 2014
Best Answer: I'm not sure I'm the best person to answer this. I purchased my fig in January and kept it in my garage to keep it from the winter wind and snow. It's dormant so it's not a problem as long as you keep the tree moist. I moved it to a big pot while it was still dormant in April. It has now sprouted many new leaves. Not sure if it will actually produce figs this year, but I'm hoping. Depending on where you are located, planting in June shouldn't be an issue, just keep the tree well watered. Your tree may even arrive with leaves already sprouting. I've ordered other plants from this company and they are well packed and properly pruned. The plants may look a little war weary from shipping, but they are healthy and will thrive, mine have doubled in size from last year.
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is it true or false? that we should not plant fig tree close to house. because root might go around water pipe?
rose b on May 31, 2014
Best Answer: Roots of a fig tree are very invasive but are very shallow roots so I doubt they would go into a sewer line since most sewer lines are at least 4 -5 feet down. By invasive I mean they can interfere with other plants in the same area . Ususaaly it's best to plant fig trees in a barrel or large container. I'd plant it in the ground plant away from your house . You can keep it trimmed to a smaller size and this also effects the root structure. If you are concerned. You can dig down and put brick walls a few feet out from you fig and that will contain the roots yet the fig will generally establish enough roots to be productive. By the way the figs are delicious. Last year I had so many I made a fig spread that is great on bread. Hope this helps. Roger
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can i plant in oct in southern pa?
anita o on Oct 17, 2014
Best Answer: Yes I have always had success with the turkey fig, however I lost my tree additionally everyone in Belleville NJ lost their fig trees due to the sever weather freezing and thawing then freezing 2013/14 winter. The tree grew new growth from the stumps but no ripe figs this year. So yes they will grow and thrive but cover the tree with a tree wrap look on line for the process, or like many grow the tree in a large pot and put in basement or garage, water once a month bring out in April.
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I live in long island NY , when is the best time to plant a fig tree? Thank you.
A shopper on Sep 9, 2014
Best Answer: Spring would be the best time. In the winter the tree needs to be wrapped or taken inside so I would definitely wait until the spring. The winter on Long Island can be rough for fig trees but I have found that even if they don't make it through the winter they typically grow back (and grow back even bigger!) I hope this helps!
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what climate zones will the fig survive in?
A shopper on Sep 11, 2014
Best Answer: Hello, I live in South Texas, and purchased the Brown Turkey Fig plant over a year ago. I have it planted in a clay pot on my back porch. I was able to harvest approximately 100 figs. The figs were not large at first but after the tree was more established the fruit started getting bigger. Very Happy so far.
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are fig trees deer resistant?
bill l on Sep 2, 2014
Best Answer: Nope. Pretty much anything that a deer can reach, it will eat, as far as fruit and nuts are concerned.
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Do fig trees have flowers?
Jean S on Aug 17, 2014
Best Answer: Yes they do because they turn into the fruit. I don't think they are known for producing beautiful flowers, but they do produce flowers.
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If this fig self pollinating?
A shopper on Jul 19, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, and it bears fruit heavily. I have been very happy with this tree!
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How mature is this particular fig tree? Will it grow well in hot climates with no real winter?
zoniponi on Jun 13, 2014
Best Answer: My fig tree is flourishing in Montgomery, Al one of the 3 hottest cities in the USA.
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Can I keep the brown turkey fig plant in the garage over the winter? I'm sure it is too cold/late to plant it in a container now.
Krista on Dec 11, 2014
Best Answer: You can keep your fig tree in your garage. However, it would do fine planted in a container and placed by a large sunny window.
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PAULA K on Dec 1, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, you can plant it in a 10 gallon pot and figs are relatively salt tolerant.
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What's the smallest size container I can plant this in?
Krista on Nov 18, 2014
Best Answer: The smallest size container I would put this in is a 7 gallon.
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I live in northern california. is october a good time to plant the turkey fig?
A shopper on Sep 23, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, October would be a good time to plant.
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When do you plant in South Carolina?
A shopper on Sep 19, 2014
Best Answer: Fall or spring are great times for planting.
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My brown turkey fig is a multi-stemmed shrub. How to I train it to be more like a tree?
IsabelG on Aug 25, 2014
Best Answer: Please refer to this article for instructions on how to train your tree to be more 'tree like' than shrubby.
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My brown turkey fig does not bear fruit. Why?
A shopper on Aug 12, 2014
Best Answer: It made need help pollinating it's flowers. If you only have one Fig Tree take a paint brush and gently run it over every bloom once a day. Don't wash the paint brush between uses. Usually the wind and insects naturally spread pollen from bloom to bloom, but sometimes trees need a little assistance.
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Can this tree grow indoors? We live in NY and so it would have to come inside for winter.
Lara N on Jul 20, 2014
Best Answer: Yes. The Brown Turkey Fig Tree grows very well in containers. Just make sure that it gets enough light.
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Due to cold weather in some parts of the country, we have suspended shipping to the areas that are shaded on the map below. Please view the diagram to determine if your area has been affected. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

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Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

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Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.