Posted: 19/04/2017 at 22:49
Brown Turkey is the variety most suited to the UK climate as it is hardier than others.
I have a friend in Belgium who grows them in the ground and between his house and the neighbours' so it doesn't get full sun all day. He gets figs and also babies so it must be happy.
I had one of his babies and grew it in a pot but my garden then was more exposed and the tree was often frozen to death but then re-grew from the roots each year. I eventually moved it to the ground in an unheated greenhouse and it went mad with lots of growth and fruits.
In this new garden we have inherited a large, overgrown fig planted out in poor ground. It was very healthy and leafy when we arrived in October but not a fruit in sight so I gave it a severe talking to and pruned out a lot of stems to open it up and it is now covered in small fruits and new leaf buds.
I suggest you give it a go. Even if you don't get many fruits you'll have an attractive plant with lovely foliage. If you do get a cold snap forecast you can protect the small plant with fleece till it gets big enough to cope.
This is what the RHS advises - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=106