The Q&A Archives: Brown Turkey Fig Care

Question: Is it better to plant my Brown Turkey Fig tree in the ground rather than keep it in its pot as a patio tree? Does it need to be covered to protect it from frost in the winter if planted in ground? What type of cover? If left in its container, will it survive indoors in the winter?

Answer: If you keep it in a container as a patio tree, you will need to bring it into a sheltered but relatively cold place each winter. You would bring it inside in late fall after is has gone dormant but before the weather is terribly cold. A good storage temperature is about 35 to 40 degrees so it does not freeze but also does not try to grow while indoors. If you do not have a suitable storage place you can plant it in the ground. In your area it would be expected to die back each winter, possibly all the way to the ground. Brown Turkey will bear on new growth of the season, so you would still have a crop. Here are some general care instructions for growing figs you may find helpful in making your decision. You may need to cut and paste the complete url into your browser to make it work correctly. publications/spfiles/SP307-I.pdf

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