A. North of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7 (or minimum winter temperature of 10°F), growing figs in containers is easier than growing them in the ground. While some cultivars, including 'Brown Turkey', produce two crops in warm-climate conditions, potted figs typically yield a single crop in late summer or fall.
Harvest figs when they are fully ripe (depending on the cultivar, ripe figs may be brown, gold, or green) and soft to the touch. Ripe fruits will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator.
When cold weather returns, move figs into an unheated garage, shed, or other sheltered site where temperatures will not fall below 20°F. Continue to water dormant plants regularly when the soil dries out. Prune or thin figs only as much as needed to control their size. 'Desert King' bears fruit on the previous season's growth, so avoid removing more than half of that growth any time you give it a trim.