Figus Carica also known as Brown Turkey or the Common Fig Tree. Fig is a deciduous fruit tree with large foliage of deeply lobed deep green leaves. Small petal-less flowers are contained in a hollowed-out receptacle, which enlarges to form sweet tasting edible fruit. It generally fruits from August to September.Figus Carica reaches a maximum height of 3M and a max. spread of 4M. Figus Carica is hardy and prefers a full sun position.
Ficus Carica which can be grown as large shrubs or small trees are one of the most beautiful architectural specimens grown. Their succulent fruit and distinctive form thrives in the garden, in a container, in the glasshouse or trained against a wall. They’re reasonably hardy in areas with average or warmer than average winters when placed in a sheltered position. In northern areas and colder climates, they may require winter protection. Figs originated from warm, Meditteranean climates and southern regions.
The Common Fig Trees prefers a sunny, sheltered location and well-drained soil. Figs don’t like droughty conditions as they will drop their fruit prematurely, especially if dry during the early part of the season. If you water them regularly and avoid waterlogged conditions, they’ll be very happy. When grown in containers, water is very important and they’ll be prone to drought stress more often.
The roots of Ficus Carica will spread through the soil if left to its own habit, which will draw from producing fruit well. Growing them in containers is sometimes best; or train along a wall garden configuration. When they do produce a second crop in late summer, they rarely ripen to edible ripeness. When the fruit changes colour, splits near the stalk end, or exude a drop or two of nectar at their bottoms, they’re ready to pick. Give them a gentle squeeze and if they’re soft, they’re ripe.
Hardy to zone H4 in the UK and Ireland, face your fig tree south or to the east for best results. They prefer a sheltered position in well drained soils that can be kept moist. pH should be on the slightly alkaline side of neutral. They’ll take between 10-20 years to reach their ultimate height of 3 metres and a spread of 4 metres.
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