I want to start growing figs in my garden. I live in Sheerness. Has anyone got any pointers for me? Which varieties have people got? Any recommendations?
Many thanks in advance
Brown turkey is one recommended for the UK as its quite hardy. This is the one I have and we've had heavy snow for the last five years and its come through and fruited in the summer and it justs gets better every year. There are a couple of others that are ok for the UK, but I don't remember the names.
Gardenmaiden, my fig has been in a big pot for 10 years, facing South for the last year, against a wall to protect it from North and East. I am lucky if I get 1 fig per year. It shares the pot with some low growing plants and a variegated ivy with a drooping habit. What am I doing wrong, should I feed it?
Superb fruit nursery gives loads of good info here http://www.readsnursery.co.uk/fig-trees-for-gardens-and-greenhouses/
I've no connection with the nursery other than to be a very happy customer.
artjak, I used to have my fig in a pot and it wasn't until I planted it in the ground that it really took off. I've got it planted in a two foot wide space between the deck and the fence and put some stones in as they like their roots constricted a bit. The fig is in front of brick too and gets the sun all day (when its out). I don't feed it and didn't when it was in a pot. How big is the pot? My fig is next to a big black bamboo and they don't seem to mind each other.
Artjak - I really wouldn't grow anything else in the pot with a fig - they're really thirsty plants and anything else will cut down on the water it receives. Last summer I watered my small fig (first year I had it) more than I watered my tomatoes.
Thank you very much everybody. Looking forward to buying my first fig plant!
GMaiden, the pot is plastic and more than half a wheely bin in size, I don't have anywhere to plant it in the earth; I always understood that figs like to have their roots confined.
Dove, I did not realise that they are so thirsty; will remove the other plants. It will make it look a little bare as pot is about 60/70cm across at the top. Did you feed it at all?
Verdun, I love 'my' blackbird more than I love figs; perhaps I should put paper bags over the young figs?
I didn't feed much last summer as it was newly potted - a couple of doses of tomato fertiliser when I fed the toms. I'll do that a bit more often next summer.