How to Fertilize Brown Turkey Fig Trees


Brown turkey fig trees are big fig trees that produce medium to large fruit with reddish-brown skins that have just a touch of purple. The pulp inside is reddish pink and is great for making preserves, if desired. Brown turkey fig trees can survive after a freeze by growing new growth the following season; however, they grow best in subtropical to tropical climates where freezing is unlikely.

Step 1

Skip fertilization the first year after planting. While many trees are fertilized after planting, you should not fertilize brown turkey fig trees.

Step 2

Fertilize only when necessary, in the spring after new growth begins. If your brown turkey fig trees have been healthy, produced good figs last season and have lots of new growth compared to other trees in the spring, then do not fertilize it. Using fertilizer on fig trees has the potential to increase green growth, but reduce fruit growth.

Step 3

Fertilize using just a half of pound of a low-balanced fertilizer labeled 10-10-10 in the spring after new growth begins. Follow manufacturer directions, as each fertilizer is different. Generally, however, scatter the dry fertilizer evenly in a 12- to 18-inch circle around the base of your brown turkey fig trees.

Things You'll Need

  • 10-10-10 fertilizer


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Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.