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I've put in an order for Stark Bros for the spring and just had to include a fig, so I added their "Brown Turkey".  

Does anyone have this fig?  Any idea which "Brown Turkey" it really is?


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There must be a thousand different strains of Brown Turkey figs. So, I can't help you with identification.

However, I bought some of my first trees from Stark, some 37 years ago. After waiting for 10 years or so for my dwarf pear trees to pear, they finally did. But they were not dwarf. They topped out at over twenty feet high

So, I decided not to buy from any one who made me doubt what they would or would not ship; Then about 6 years ago, I read that they had been bought out. So, I decided to give them a second chance, and purchased a Flaming Fury Giant peach.

Then about two years ago it started to bear, and it turned out to be anything but a Flaming Fury giant peach

I really hate paying good money for a plant only to learn years later that it is nothing close to what ordered.

My experience has been when you buy from a lot of online nurseries you may or may not get what you ordered.

I will only buy fig plants and or cuttings from members of this form. Plus, a lot of collectors do not rate Brown Turkey figs that highly.

Hope that helps

Bob, zone 5 Connecticut
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I tend to agree that a lot of online nurseries are not to be trusted.  I ordered from Stark after reading some good reviews on Dave's Garden.  We'll see after next year if I order again.  I received a pawpaw this past year that came from their stock and was really impressed by the quality of the graft and the size & health of the tree.  I'm hoping this next order will be the same.  I've sent a note off to Stark to see if they'd comment on the source of their cuttings.

Tim

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I would be asking myself whether or not that picture is legitimate.  Doesn't look like any BT I've seen, but also looks like a "stock" picture they snatched from anywhere.


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The two above pics are my BTF from Stark Bros. they came as 4' long sticks with very robust root systems. They grew leaves like crazy. One tree kicked out 4 figs in 1/2 a season. The fruit was good. 3/4 size fruits that I normally see BTF around here. Tasty figs but not amazing in year one. I have high hopes for this season. Survived very well in ground over winter in northern va.
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I know this was an old post but anyone using the search function might be seeking this information in the future.
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I thought the BT figs had a void in the middle. Are there some that don't?
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I thought the BT figs had a void in the middle. Are there some that don't?

These are my first figs. They are still young. They might change this season. I am not certain if there should be a void or not. I am not even 100% certain they are BTF. I am certain when my wife ordered them they were BTF from Stark Bros.

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Kevin's fig is Hardy Chicago. Looks like the nursery had a mix up. Although you've got a better fig anyway!
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What Ross said^^, and yes Brown Turkey has a void in the middle.
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I bought a hardy chicago fig from starks lsst year. I joined the forum this year and someone from the forum says my leaf does not match the hardy chicago leaf. So now im in a email debate with starks over it. I want to see what they are going to do.
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I have an alleged BT, LSU Gold, and Hardy Chicago from them. I guess we will soon enough if they are legit because they are 5 ft + in ground so hopefully bearing figs this year


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As mentioned in my posts from above, my wife ordered me two brown turkey figs from Stark Bros last year. One plant kicked out 4 figs. I posted pics above and I have been told that based on the fruit and leaf that I was instead sent Chicago Hardy figs. I emailed Stark Bros to advise I was sent the wrong fig trees. After about a week with no response I called them. The lady who picked up was quick to apologize and quick to advise that they were behind in responding to e-mails. I did not have my order information but advised that I included pics in the email. She quickly found my order and advised that she was sending out two new plants. I remember the plants being 4' tall so I quickly asked if she would be sending me 4' tall plants? She said, "No." but noticed that the old order was indeed for 4' plants. She changed the order and told me I would have the BTFs in 7 days.

Thank you figs4funforum for the identification that is getting me two new plants in addition to the CH trees that have grown wonderfully and survived 8-10 days this winter below 18 derrrgrees unprotected in the ground. Thanks to Stark Bros for having excellent customer service. Thanks to my wife for ordering me my first two fig trees. I am growing and rooting many more plants and am having fun with the new hobby.

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That's awesome, Kevin. I will say that StarkBros does have some good customer service!
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I just took a look at a picture from last season of my Stark Bros BT and i noticed that it does not have a cavity and looks just like Kevins. I'm not really too bummed about it, I do have a hardy chicago from them as well so I'm interested to see what that is


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