Nothing tastes sweeter than a Fig plucked straight from the tree; still warm with the heat of the late summer sun. Read on for all you need to know about choosing your fig-trees, where to grow them and how to care for them.
Choose your Fig Trees
If growing your fig tree in the ground, choose a hardy variety suited to the UK climate such as Brown Turkey, Osborne's Prolific or the heritage variety Madeleine de Deux Saisons which fruits twice in a year. For smaller gardens we recommend the more compact Dalmatie and Ice Crystal. All can be grown in pots: we love early ripening Brunswick and the tiger-striped Panachee.
Where to grow Fig trees
Fig trees grow best in pots - position them against a wall in a warm, sheltered area and re-pot every 2-3 years. If growing in the ground, you will need to use rubble or submerged paving slabs around the tree to restrict root growth and promote fruiting. Fig trees can also be trained to create a fan shape against a wall or fence.
Fig tree care tips
Fig trees need to be kept well watered and fed weekly with tomato food once the fruits appear. They also benefit from an annual mulch. Harvest the fruits when they hang down and are soft to the touch. For more tips on growing fig trees including training, harvesting and problem solving, see our Full Care Guide.
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