The Chelsea Fig standard tree The Chelsea Fig standard tree The Chelsea Fig standard tree
The Chelsea Fig standard tree
The Chelsea Fig standard tree
The Chelsea Fig standard tree

'The Chelsea Fig' standard tree

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Winter Hardy
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  • Named after the iconic Fig tree growing on the banks of the Thames where Chelsea Bridge meets The Embankment.
  • Featured as the main hideout in William Boyd's novel Ordinary Thunderstorms.
  • Great flavour and strong yield.
  • Propagated by fruit grower Will Sibley.
  • Supplied as a 1M tall standard fig tree, with many branches at crown. To fruit in first season.
Potted 4L 1M + - Item: 340019
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Product Description

Many Londoners know of a fabulous and fruitful Fig Tree, growing on the banks of the Thames where Chelsea Bridge meets The Embankment. Each Summer it's huge crops are joyfully plundered - either by flocks of parakeets high up in the tree - or cheeky human scrumpers lower down where it can be reached. Either way, it produces huge crops of figs every year. So well-known is this specific tree, it even featured as the main hideout in William Boyd's novel Ordinary Thunderstorms.

Fruit grower Will Sibley knew of this tree, and had tasted it's fruit. he took samples away to analyse, and concluded it was a chance seedling - a single and unique tree like no other variety grown. So good was the flavour and yeild, he set about propagating and grafting trees to sell from it - and here we are now selling them.

Now called 'The Chelsea Fig', every single tree is identical the one by the river. Get yourself a piece of London history and folklore, and grow them in your garden.

What Is Supplied

Item 340019 supplied as:
Supplied as a 1M tall standard for fig tree, with many branches at crown. To fruit in first season.

Plant Information

Care Guide

  • Keep your fig containerised or keep the roots restricted for the best crops.
  • This standard tree should be pruned to keep its shape and size. When pruning, aim for a balanced top that allows light into the centre of the canopy.

Prune twice a year:

  • Early spring: remove any branches that spoil the shape, or any that are crossing or damaged, along with any suckers appearing from the ground or lower stem.
  • If needed cut back one or two branches that have become too long and bare to a 5cm (2in) stub to stimulate new growth from the base of the branch.
  • Early summer: pinch out the new growth at five or six leaves. Do not prune later growth.
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Best Time To Plant
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Fully Grown Plant dimensions (approx)
Plant Dimensions
300cm
200cm
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'The Chelsea Fig' standard tree
'The Chelsea Fig' standard tree
Potted 4L 1M +
Item: 340019
RRP £29.99
Deal Price £19.99
Save: £10.00 - 33%
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