When to prune brown turkey fig tree?

mollyinthegardenJanuary 21, 2009

Hi, I am looking for a little help on how to best take care of several fig trees. I am pretty sure they are Brown Turkey (is there a good way to tell other than the fruit?) I am in Austin, TX and would like to know the best time and a general guideline for when and how to prune these for maximum fruit production. In previous years I have had very little fruit. I need to prune them (i think!)quite severely because the trees get way to tall to get the fruit. I have done this in the past but think I must be doing something wrong because of so few figs... Also, any advice on composting, fertilizing and watering would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!


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If Brown Turkey has a large Breba or 'first crop', I would wait until you've harvested that and then prune. Could be in June for you. If it is not a 'breba' or first crop fig, then you could start after the worst of winter is over, like most other fruit trees, in late February. Do not try to take too much wood in any one year, or you'll get a bunch of suckers from the base and more of a thicket.
Try to make mostly thinning cuts, but you may have to head back a few of the tallest leaders.
Don't 'flat top' the tree.

Here is a link that might be useful: Brown Turkey Fig care

    Bookmark   January 22, 2009 at 4:30PM
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The BT (and the Celeste) are the 2 most grown figs within
the whole USA. The Celeste is supposed to be a 'main crop'
fig (meaning fruit on fresh current wood). The BT is
considered as a 2 crop fig (meaning fruit on both last
year and current) wood.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2009 at 5:17PM
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For the sake of completeness, some other figs are known
as 'breba-only' e.g. the Dessert King
(fruits only on last year wood, fruit on the new wood
needs caprification).

Of course, there are those super 'other' figs that perform
extremely well in 'balmy-CA/equipped-with-the-fig-wasp).
e.g., the (in)famous Calimyrna (Syrna) fig.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2009 at 6:09PM
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Hi, I live in the North West, Columbia City Or., I have a very large Brown Turkey tree about 15-20 ft. tall, it is very health and produces lots of fruit every year. I would like to prune it down to a better size, So I can get the fruit before the birds do. The bottom branchs are 4-6 inch thick, with lots of open space, no crossing. If you could help me with, when and how to prun my beautiful Brown Turkey, with out making it look like a mess or damage, that would be great. Thank You! Oneata

    Bookmark   December 29, 2010 at 2:01PM
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