How to Plant a Brown Turkey Fig


The brown turkey fig is a heavy bearer of large figs and is suitable for USDA agricultural zones 8 to 11. It has few pest problems, although birds and squirrels can consume much of the fruit if not picked when ripe. Picking the ripe fruit helps increase the amount of figs produced and decreases the chance of disease. The brown turkey fig produces the best figs for making preserves. Plant in early spring when leaf buds begin to swell.

How to Plant a Brown Turkey Fig

Step 1

Locate an area of the garden that is close to a source of water and has enough room for a large spreading shrub that can grow 10 feet tall by 15 feet wide or larger.

Step 2

Dig your hole wide and deep enough so the fig can be planted 1 or 2 inches deeper than in the nursery pot or previous location. Look for previous soil line at base of plant.

Step 3

Place fig shrub in planting hole spreading out the roots if the plant was root bound in the nursery pot.

Step 4

Back fill or refill your planting hole with a mix of one-quarter compost and three-quarters soil and the amount of organic granulated compost recommended on container. Slowly add water during the back fill process to eliminate air pockets around the roots.

Step 5

Cover the area around base of fig with 2-inch-thick layer of mulch to control weeds and to conserve moisture, leaving a 1-inch space between the mulch and trunk of plant to prevent fungal problems.

Tips and Warnings

  • Fig trees are shallow rooted and can be damaged by high nitrogen fertilizers placed on top of the root system. Place fertilizers just outside the root system.

Things You'll Need

  • Fig plant
  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Organic granulated fertilizer
  • Mulch


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About this Author

Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.