Brown Turkey Fig is Dying

Hello fellow fig growers - I need some help.  I've had a Brown Turkey fig for three years in a large (1/2 meter across) pot in the sunny end of the garden.  I've never had a fig and only produce the miserablest leaves ever seen to a gardener!  This spring I have had no sign of a leaf and of the three branches, two are dead and snapping off.  Whats gone wrong and do I cut my losses, throw out and resign myself to the (disappointing) fact I just cant grow figs!!  Any advice gratefully received!


  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    Do you look after your fig or has it been neglected?

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,569
    Hi iv just got some fig cuttings and i,m going to grow a couple of trees ,they do need a little attention to their planting and also their next years fruit needs attention before winter ,how to do this is on the net ,RHS and others offer mostly the same advise which im following ,usually no fruit is covered by most of them and very simple.

    Good luck
  • Hi,i recently repotted mine and the top layer of compost was lousy with vine weavil, must have caught the blighters jst in time, great big fat things they were,yuk. Fig appears happy now, first leaf only just emerging....


  • Forgot to say, could be what's wrong with yours? Tip it out and have a look!

  • Suzi WooSuzi Woo Posts: 1

    I have a Brown Turkey Fig planted last year in a container that was looking very healthy with new growth and fruit, however the leaves now look scorched and the fruit has died.  Could this have been damaged by a late frost?  Any help would be appreciated 

  • CeresCeres Posts: 1,492

    Hi Jocee. Your fig could have got waterlogged. It happened to one of mine a few years back so the current one is standing on bricks to help with drainage.

    By the sounds of it, you need to get a new plant and start again. I find that figs grown outdoors will only fruit in really good summers so I always take a couple of cuttings and grow them in the greenhouse for fruit. A single stemmed plant about 3 feet high will produce quite a few figs.

    Don't despair.




  • LynLyn Posts: 8,384

    Ceres, I am glad you  said that about keeping in the fig the greenhouse to fruit. I have one, quite small at the moment, I have been putting it out just to harden off and the leaves turned instantly brown, it obviously doesnt like the cold at all, it has now grown another leaf that looks ok, I didnt realise they were so temperamental!.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • CeresCeres Posts: 1,492

    Hi Lyn. I keep one fig outside as an ornamental and a couple in the greenhouse. They are all the same variety but I guess the outdoor one is used to the cold. It is only just getting its new leaves whereas the greenhouse ones have been in leaf for some time.

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