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It depends on the variety. Brown Turkey should be OK in a cold greenhouse in Norfolk and you can give it a fleece blanket if it gets extra cold - not bubble wrap as it won't be able to breathe and will rot.
I have had one do OK outside in a deep 60cm pot but recent winters have seen us regularly going down well below the usual -15C and it has suffered so last autumn I planted it in the ground in an unheated greenhouse lined with bubble wrap for extra insulation and it still was frozen to bits. However it has recovered well and grown plentiful new branches which I plan to train in the next couple of weeks once the bubble wrap goes back on the greenhouse walls and I've repaired the panes broken in recent storms. I shall give it a fleece blanket too as I really want figs next year. They are luscious.
I know plenty of productive Brown Turkeys who live outside all year round in Norfolk and some of them get no protection at all.
Mine will stay outside all year round as I've nowhere to move it, and anyway, moving a full terracotta pot that size would probably do both of our backs in! I'll bubblewrap the pot and make a fleece leanto tent for the fig and it will be fine on the terrace against the south-facing fence - gardening fingers crossed as usual
I think it'll be too warm in a heated conservatory - it'll be much better off in the cold greenhouse, or keep it in a sheltered corner outside - protect the pot with bubblewrap and if it has baby figlets then fleece the tree, making sure there's room for plenty of air around it.
Do I take it you're now in Norfolk?
Call her Ferdinande - sounds a little more 'fruity'
Mild and dry here with sunny spells We'll try to hang on to the fine weather for your move Hope it all goes well.
If you two ever fancy meeting for a pint in the Ship let us know - it looks our sort of place!
Still quite warm here - I've been doing some digging to get the end of the veg patch ready for OH to plant some garlic tomorrow (he's at work today) but I have to keep stopping for cooling drinks
Hi Alan - I tried to send you a PM but it says you don't accept them.
I know you're into fruit growing and wondered whether you would be interested in some Mara de Bois perpetual-fruiting strawberry plants as a 'Garden Warming' present - ours have done fantastically and we have far too many for our small patch
They're the French ones recommended by Mr Don last year as having the flavour of a wild strawberry with the size of modern varieties. The flavour is certainly lovely and we're still picking several every day.