Categories: Fruit & Vegetable Gardening

Growing hardy figs in the UK


Not many of the gardeners I have spoken to recently are aware that you can easily and successfully grow figs here in the UK. The hardy fig ‘Brown Turkey can survive temperatures as low as -10C and has become a favourite in many gardens. ‘Brunswick’ is also known for its tolerance of our cold and damp winters, producing lovely green figs year after year.

Brown Turkey

A superb choice for the UK climate – Brown Turkey is fully hardy and will grow quite happily outdoors, producing plentiful crops of sweet and juicy figs with a deep red flesh under their brown skins. A dramatic feature plant if fan-trained against a wall or in a container on the patio. Fig fruits ripen from August to September. The perfect fruit to grow in containers on your patio, and will consistently produce large volumes of tasty fruit.

To contain the extreme vigour of figs, it’s recommend restricting the roots in a large container or line the planting hole with broken slabs. This will encourage plenty of fruit and minimise leafy growth. For the best results in exposed areas of the country plant against a south facing wall.


Attractive trees with gigantic hand-shaped leaves. Brunswick fig trees have medium vigour making them ideal for growing in containers. Produces a heavy crop of medium sized pear shaped fruits with the sweetest of flavours. They are ideal for growing in the UK as Brunswick tolerates co0ler and wetter growing conditions and is a lot hardier than other varieties.

As with Brown Turkey, Brunswick fig trees should have their root ball constricted by either keeping them within containers, against a well in stony soil, or constrained within a concrete slab case beneath the surface of the soil. I have been growing Brunswick figs for many years now and have had absolutely no problems with them at all. Shrugged off the low temperatures of the past two harsh winters.

James Middleton

An obsessive gardener since 1982. Day-time job - web designer and developer and University lecturer.

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