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Goji Berry Growing Info: Learn About How To Grow Goji Berries

Goji berry makes a popular juice, thought to possess super nutrients with vast medical and health potential. The benefits of gogi berries are numerous and available to the home gardener. What are goji berries and how do you grow them? USDA plant hardiness zones 5 to 9 provide the best climates for growing gogi berry plants.

What are Gogi Berries?

Gogi berries are in the nightshade family of plants, which include tomatoes and peppers. The berries grow on shrubs of 3 to 5 feet in height, with long arching stems. These berries spring from bright purple, funnel-shaped flowers. Orange globular berries then form in late season.

The bush is native to Asia, but it is also found wild in Russia, China, Turkey and Japan. Berries are a brilliant orange-red and oval shaped. They are dried for medicinal purposes to a dark shriveled fruit.

Goji Berry Info

It is important to weigh nutritional and medicinal goji berry info so you can make an informed decision for yourself and your family. The benefits of goji berries are purported to be numerous and they are part of ancient Eastern medicine practices.

The berries may help immune function, alleviate menopausal symptoms, increase blood cell production and even regulate blood pressure. Some think it can also diminish lung, liver and kidney deficiencies. The plant is also reported to have anti-oxidant properties, anti-aging capability and even cure a wide range of diseases. Most of these claims are not medically proven, however.

Even if the plant does not achieve all these claims, goji berry planting provides an attractive hedge or climbing plant. It is easy to train to a trellis and can be pruned to keep its rangy growth in check.

Growing Goji Berry Plants

Growing goji berry plants is easy. The plants need well-drained soil with pH levels between 6.8 and 8.1. Check the drainage and add sand or compost to improve the texture of the soil if necessary.

Bare root plants are the most common way to start gogi berries in your garden. Early spring is the best time for gogi berry planting. This is when the shrub is dormant and better tolerates disturbance. Bare root shrubs need to go into the ground as soon as you get them. Soak the roots in water and plant in a sunny location. Spread out the roots and push soil in and around the roots.

Keep the soil moderately moist for the first few months or until you see new growth sprouting. Spread mulch around the base of the plant to reduce weeds and conserve moisture. Thereafter, allow the soil to dry out in the top few inches before watering again.

You can also start plants from seed. Use fresh seeds that have been cleaned and are free of fruit pulp. Start seeds indoors in peat pots and plant outdoors in spring when they are one year old. Expect fruits in about three years from the time of sowing.

Grow Goji Berries

Goji shrubs typically start producing fruit the second year after planting, but you may get a small harvest at the end of your first growing season. Harvests will increase thereafter and will peak after about 5 years. The plant bears small purple flowers starting in midsummer. The resulting green berries eventually turn a deep orange-red by about August. Berry production continues until the first hard frost.

If you’re an apartment-dweller or if space is a consideration, you can grow gojis in containers at least 18 inches in diameter and as deep as possible. Plants grown in containers will be smaller than plants grown in the ground.

Goji Pruning Strategies

Goji shrubs require pruning to maximize production and keep the plant from becoming an unruly mess. The goals of pruning are to limit plant height, make it easier to harvest berries, encourage sunlight penetration to the center of the plant, help foliage dry better (thereby discouraging fungal diseases), and persuade lateral branches to form for the best berry production.

Pruning should be done both during the dormant season and the growing season. During the dormant season, you’ll remove spindly canes, get rid of dead and damaged wood, improve plant shape, and shorten lateral branches. During the growing season, you’ll prune back the more upright, apically dominant branches to encourage lateral formation, and you’ll remove new shoots.

Year 1. Most literature suggests not pruning the first year to let the plant establish itself and put down a strong root system. Personally, I let the plants alone for only the first few months, and then I immediately move on to the strategy for Year 2.

Year 2. Goji shrubs sprout a number of canes from the crown or base. Some of these will be spindly, while others will be large and thick. You should select the largest, healthiest-looking stem for a main trunk. Tie this stem securely to a bamboo stick or other support to keep it straight. If your selected stem is very long, cut it back to about 24 inches. This will promote lateral branching. These lateral branches are the ones that will produce fruit, because nearly all fruit develops on new growth. Allow one large, upward-growing shoot near the tip of the trimmed main stem to grow and become the continuation of the trunk. During the growing season, remove any side growth that appears between the ground and 18 inches up. Also get rid of side branches that are growing from the stem at a greater-than-45-degree angle.

Year 3. Expand the greater-than-45-degree-angle rule to encompass the entire plant, not just the side branches. Also remove any branches that are growing from the stem at less than a 45-degree angle. The long-term goal is to have a nicely shaped plant about 6 feet tall with a 3-foot-diameter canopy and with 4 to 6 layers of fruiting laterals. Maintain a clearance of 1 foot or more between the canopy and the ground. Pull or dig up any suckers growing up from the ground. You can transplant these, give them to a friend, or compost them. Your goji plant will quickly become overgrown if you don’t remove these root sprouts.

Harvesting Gojis

Harvest the berries when they’re dark red-orange, approximately 35 days after full bloom. The whole berry can be eaten, including the tiny seeds inside. Goji berries are small and bruise easily; they need to be pulled from the plant delicately. I give the berries a bit of a twist when I’m picking them so they’ll release easier and without the stem. You can pick small quantities of berries for immediate use or gather large amounts to freeze or dry immediately after harvesting. The shelf life of fresh goji berries is short, and they’ll begin to turn after a day or so. One of the benefits of gojis, though, is that fruiting lasts a long time, from midsummer until the first hard frost.

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Whether grown in the ground or on a patio in a pot, gojis can bear a steady supply of berries for smoothies, oatmeal, or eating fresh.

Goji Species

Botanical names: Lycium chinense, Lycium barbarum

Common names: Goji berry, Chinese boxthorn, Chinese desert-thorn, Chinese matrimony vine, wolfberry

Family: Solanaceae

Native range: East Asia

Growing conditions: Full sun or dappled shade; well-drained soil; drought- and heat-tolerant when established; spreads rapidly

Goji Sources

• Raintree Nursery
• Stark Bro’s
• Peaceful Valley
• American Meadows

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Growing Goji Berries – How to Grow Goji Berries

How to Grow Goji Berries – A Guide to Growing Goji Berries

Goji Berries

Goji berries (Lycium Barbarum), aka Chinese Wolfberry or Duke of Argyll’s tea-tree, are fully hardy deciduous shrubs originally from the Himalayas and easy to grow. They rose to fame as a ‘super food’ loaded with anti-oxidants. Time will reveal how valid this claim is, and how much is hype.

An important note for those who take warfarin, be aware that the berries contain vitamin K.

Goji Berries can be container grown or planted in the garden. The berries are used fresh in baked goods, teas, power shakes, or dried for various uses. The plants requires two to three years before they produce their famous red berries.

Recommended Varieties of Goji Berries

There is only one variety to date, and easily obtained

Goji Berry Pests and Problems

Aphids might be a problem

Birds are attracted by the bright red berries so netting is advised

Cultivating Goji Berries

  • Goji berries are difficult to grow from seed so started plants are recommended from a reliable source.
  • Because goji berries are part of the tomato and potato family, illegally imported plants tend to carry diseases that could potentially devastate existing crops in the UK, stick with reputable suppliers
  • Mature plants can reach 3 m (10 ft) in height and 4 m (13 ft) in width, so select their placement carefully. Both height and width are easily controlled by pruning to size.
  • If pot grown, select a sizable pot filled with John Innes No. 2 compost and add extra grit or sand for drainage. Mix in some slow release general fertilizer every spring or use a tomato-based fertilizer every two weeks. Water regularly if required. Control size with yearly pruning to half size, which also reduces the harvest.
  • If direct planted, goji plants prefer a free draining soil enriched with well rotted manure. Space plants about 2 m (6 ft) apart. A sunny, sheltered area is ideal.
  • Mature plants have spines so garden gloves are recommended.
  • Water regularly during fruiting times
  • Flowers and fruit appear on the previous year’s growth. Lightly prune in spring to remove broken or oddly-shaped branches, and some of the oldest wood. Suckers also need to be pruned.

Harvesting, Eating and Storing

  • Harvest begins after two to three years
  • Only the fully red berries are edible.
  • When handled, the berries can turn black. To avoid this problem, set a clean sheet under the plant and shake off the ripe red fruits.
  • Fresh berries can be used in baking, teas, or dried for long term use.
  • Caution for wafarin users: the berries contain Vitamin K

Further Information on Goji Berries

Goji Berries from the Allotment Shop

Lycium barbarum

Goji berries are a popular fruit that originate from Asia and are well known for their medicinal values. They are high in antioxidants and vitamin C, can be eaten fresh of dried, and are often used in Asian cuisine. They are a great contender for a back-yard fruit due to their versatility and toughness.

Goji berry bushes live for around five years and develop into a sprawling vine-shrub around 2.5m. They produce stems that can be both straight and upright or lowered and rambling. The plant’s shape can be easily managed by growing it on a trellis and keeping it well pruned. Tie new growth to the trellis as it develops to promote good air circulation and encourage strong growth. As the shrub is deciduous, it will benefit from an annual prune in winter before it breaks dormancy in spring.

The fruit is small and red, with a sweet flavour comparable to that of plums or cranberries. They produce fruit in late spring/early summer after spring flowers and the fruit can be dried and kept for later use throughout the year.

Gojis generally have an extended root system which gives them the ability to seek out the nutrients they require to survive. This extensive root system also allows the Goji berry to survive climactic extremes such as frosts, periods of drought and hot summers. They prefer a sunny position in well drained soil. Although they will grow in poorer soils, it is recommended that you improve the soil before planting by adding compost and manure to increase moisture retention and nutrient content. They also grow well in a pot when planted with premium potting mix.

Goji berries will benefit from fertilising when they break dormancy in spring and should be kept well watered over late spring/summer as fruit develops. A regular liquid feed during this period will be of great benefit. After fruiting, the bush can be pruned lightly which may encourage a second fruiting period if conditions are good. Ensure the bush is well mulched during summer and keep well watered through the dryer months (note that they do not like being over-watered, and are particularly susceptible if planted in heavier clay soils). Fertilise again in the autumn months when the shrub goes into dormancy. Perform structural pruning in late winter to prune out weak or diseased growth and reduce all existing stems by a third. This will encourage strong new growth in spring.

Goji Berry

Bigger Plants, More Berries, Years Sooner

A superfood that’s Super Easy!
Goji Berries (Lycium barbarum) are used to treat a broad range of ailments and diseases. The superfood is packed with antioxidants, amino acids, Vitamins C, B and E, essential fatty acids – and are widely used to reduce inflammation.

Get Fruit Fast
Some Goji Berry plants take 3-5 Years longer to fruit than our trees. That’s because the majority of nurseries grow from seed, delaying the production of berries up to 5 years. We don’t grow from seed. Your Gojis are started from cuttings taken from mature plants. So your Goji thinks it should be producing berries right away. This natural process is thousands of years old and is used by organic farms. It takes more work on our part… but you get better tasting berries, years sooner. And a plant you will be much happier with.

Grow Them Yourself Without the Chemicals.
Most Goji Berries come from China where they’re often treated with chemicals that have been long banned in the US. They can turn an incredibly healthy food into something toxic. This is one of the easiest plants to grow organically. It’s highly disease resistant and rarely bothered by insects. Even deer and rabbits leave it alone. There is no need for any chemicals or sprays. Just plant it and pick.

Easy to Care For
Goji Berry plants are naturally drought tolerant and prefer well-draining soil. They thrive in the ground in zones 5-9, tolerating temps down to -10 F and will flourish well in the dry west or humid east. If you’re outside of zones 5-9, you can still grow these berries. Plant them in containers and bring them inside when the temperatures drop. Goji will grow in sun or partial shade, but your harvest will be greater with more sun. When planting outside, place your Gojis every 4 ft. They grow into viney bushes. Some customers grow them on a trellis. They are self-pollinating but do better with additional companions.

Eat Goji Berries All Year Long
Your berries get sweeter the longer you leave them on the bush and will be much tastier than what you buy in the store. Eat them fresh, juice them, freeze them or dry them on newspaper. Most people prefer to eat their berries like raisins. Grow several plants and enjoy healthy Goji Berries all throughout the year. Pick $175 worth of Berries each year from a single plant! A mature plant will produce almost 7 lbs of berries under good conditions. We don’t know of any other fruit plant that has this incredible of a payback. Plus it continues to produce year after year.

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Planting & Care

The Goji berry plant (also known as the Wolfberry) is a self-pollinating shrub with long, flexible canes and clusters of small, grey/green leaves. The flowers are a brilliant shade of royal purple and they appear in late spring to early summer. They give way to juicy, bright red fruits that resemble small grape tomatoes. They get sweeter as they mature on the plant. Goji plants continue to flower and produce fruit through the first heavy frost.

Choosing a location: Gojis do best in full sun but can tolerate a bit of shade and perform best in well draining soils with an acidity pH ranging from 6.8 to 8.1 they also do wonderfully when planted in pots.

Planting Directions (potted):
1) Prepare your container, which should be at least 2 pot sizes larger than what it arrived in. Your container or pot should have proper drainage holes in the bottom, so you may also want to provide a drain pan for the container to sit in. If your container doesn’t have drainage holes, you can easily add them with a drill.
2) To provide the best growing medium and drainage, mix about 1/3 sand with 2/3rds of your soil. Although any good potting soil will work. Fill the container and leave 2 to 3 inches at the top.
3) Dig a hole in the middle of the container and make sure that it’s a couple of inches deeper than the crown of the plant (where the roots meet the stem). Push loose soil back in with the roots until they lightly rest on the soil in the hole, and make sure the crown is level with the top of the soil.
4) Push the soil back in, filling around the roots and up to the crown, gently tamping as you go. Water well and add more soil around the plant if necessary and watering again to let the soil settle. Keep the soil around your Goji plant moist, but not overly wet, until you see new growth sprouting, usually in about 2-3 weeks.
5) Apply an inch or two of mulch in order to help with moisture retention (and because it looks nice). If you mulch, you will need to depend on touch to check soil moisture.
*Remember that plants in containers will feel the heat and cold more because their roots are in soil above the ground. Stay aware of your weather patterns. Provide adequate moisture when it is extremely hot and dry, as potted plants will usually dry out quicker.

Planting Directions (in ground): If you live in growing Zone 5 or warmer (where it will usually not get colder than -15 F) you can grow the Goji outdoors. When planting in the ground you can follow the exact same directions above, just be sure to choose an area that has access to a lot of sun, free of pesticides from lawn care and away from the road (dust and pollution can contaminate your plant). If planting more than one Goji it is not recommended to have them closer than 48 inches between plants. Carefully monitor your soil moisture, because it is critical for it to not dry out until you see new growth sprouting, which usually takes about two weeks.

Once the average daytime temperature drops below 50 degrees, your Goji plant will start going into its dormant state. It will stay dormant until springtime temperatures are above 50 degrees. If you live in an area that does not get that cold, keeping your plant pruned back to new growth is the key to keeping the berries coming.

Watering: Water the plants every day if it doesn’t rain for at least the first 30 days outdoors and then only water during sustained droughts afterward. The soil should absorb water, but also have good drainage. If your potted plants are outside during the warm season in colder climates, make sure they do not get saturated with too much rain and that the excess water is able to drain away. The plants will drown if they are soaked in water too long. It is important that you water the plants at the base, try to avoid getting water on the leaves since this will promote fungus. The best time to water as to avoid fungal disease is in the early morning.

Pruning: Gojis do not require pruning to grow well and produce fruit. However, you may find the plant is more manageable and easier to harvest when its lateral (horizontal) branches are lightly pruned to encourage branching and the production of vigorous new growth. Prune lightly in early spring, removing dead and badly placed shoots. If necessary, cut overlong stems back to a well-placed branch and remove some of the oldest wood. To restrict growth on plants in containers, cut new growth back by up to half in summer (however, this might reduce the yield).

Fertilizing: If you can get a hold of some compost, vermiculite, rotted manure, or other organic matter, this would be very beneficial. Do not use chemical fertilizers such as Miracle Grow to grow goji berries as this disrupts the soil and will only create more work for yourself. If you supply them with enough healthy, organic matter such as manure, they will not need chemical fertilizers.

Harvesting: Taste is your best indicator as to when your berries are ready. Goji berries should be plucked off by hand once they turn a brilliant shade of red and they taste sweet. It is best to harvest before the first frost because cold can diminish the flavor of the fruit. The berries can easily be dried, simply them in a single layer on some newspaper.

For centuries the Chinese have used parts of the goji plant for food or medicine. Use of stems and leaves is little known in the United States, but the highest concentrations of healthful antioxidants can be found in the leaves. Fruit in the health food market in the form of dried berries and juice is more familiar in the US.

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All About Lifeberry® Goji berries (Lycium Barbarum)

Though they sound exotic and are most often found with a high price tag in health food stores, Goji berries are actually easy to grow hardy plants. If they weren’t, well, we wouldn’t have added them to the line of Proven Winners® ColorChoice flowering shrubs. We’ve got two varieties of tasty, beautiful goji berries: Sweet Lifeberry® and Big Lifeberry®. These exceptional strains were specially selected in China, where goji has been grown for centuries for its purported health-giving properties and brilliant fruit color (red symbolizes joy in Chinese culture). Sweet Lifeberry and Big Lifeberry goji have been a hit in Europe and we are pleased to finally offer them to North American gardeners.

Description: Goji is a sprawling shrub with long, flexible canes and clusters of small, grey-green leaves. The flowers are a brilliant royal purple and they appear in late spring/early summer along the length of the canes. They give way to juicy, bright red fruits that resemble small peppers. They grow sweeter as they mature on the plant. Goji plants continue to flower and produce fruit through the first heavy frost.

How to grow

Zone: hardy to USDA zone 5; heat tolerant to AHS zone 9

Exposure: Full sun is best, but tolerates a bit of shade.

Height: 5-7’ (1.5-2.1 m)

Water: The plants tolerate some drought once established, but for best fruit set and quality, water regularly.

Soil: Any well-drained soil will do.

Staking: Goji naturally wants to sprawl and creep along the ground. To save space and to make harvesting the berries easier, you can bundle the strongest 3-5 canes around a 6-8’/1.8-2.4m tall stake (choose something sturdy, like 1”x1” wood).

Pests: Goji berry plants will not be bothered by insects or diseases, but birds, deer, and raccoons may all find the fruit as appealing as you do. If you notice damage to the fruit or plant, or have a problem with these visitors damaging other plants in your garden, use a netting or repellent, particularly once the plant begins flowering and fruiting.

Pruning: Goji does not require pruning to grow well and produce fruit. However, you may find the plant is more manageable and easier to harvest when its lateral (horizontal) branches are lightly pruned to encourage branching and the production of vigorous new growth.

Harvesting: Goji berries begin to ripen in early summer. They should be plucked off by hand when they are brilliant red and taste sweet. They come off the plant easily, without the need for pruners or a knife.

Fertilizing: For an abundant crop, apply a fertilizer formulated for flowering woody plants in early spring, just as new growth begins. Rose fertilizer is an excellent, readily available choice.

FAQ

Can I grow goji berry in a container?

Yes! Goji will do great in a container. Just be sure to choose one large enough – it should be at least 18” in diameter and have a drainage hole. The container should also be weatherproof so that it can remain outside, planted with your goji, all year long. Use any regular potting soil to plant in and be sure to keep a close eye on watering, particularly during the hottest part of the summer.

When are my goji berries ready to harvest?

Goji berries turn red very quickly but will taste slightly bitter until they are fully ripe. Taste is your best indicator, but in general, the berries should spend several weeks on the vine before being harvested. It is best to harvest before the first frost, however, because cold can diminish the flavor of the fruit.

Where can I grow goji berries?

Goji berries will thrive in the majority of the US and Canada. They are hardy to USDA zone 5, with maximum low temperature around -18 degrees F/-27 degrees C; if you live in a colder climate and would like to try goji, you will get berries that summer but the plant may not come back next year. Goji is very tolerant of hot and dry climates –in fact, many of its relatives grow wild in the deserts of Arizona, Texas, and Mexico.

Do I need two gojis for pollination?

No – gojis are self-fruitful. They do not require another plant to bear fruit.

How do I use my goji berries?

You can use your goji berries in the same way that you use those that you purchase in the store. They can be used fresh if you wish, or they can be frozen or dried. To dry gojis, harvest them and simply spread the fresh berries in a single layer on a sheet of newspaper. Keep in a cool, dry spot, out of bright light, until the berries are dry. They keep their color well and can be used as is or rehydrated with liquid, as your recipe and preferences dictate. To freeze, place in a freezer bag and lay flat until frozen. This keeps them from sticking together in large clumps. Well-sealed frozen goji berries should keep for several months and can be used straight from the freezer in your recipe.

Here are two of our favorite recipes for using your goji harvest:

Uncle Buck’s Goji Salsa

  • 8 c. Big Lifeberry gojis
  • 8 c. tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 T. black pepper
  • ¼ c. salt
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • 1 c. white vinegar
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 4 green peppers, chopped
  • 15 jalapeño pepper, minced
  • 12 oz. can tomato paste

Bring all ingredients (except tomato paste) to boil. Simmer 45 minutes. After 30 minutes, stir in tomato paste. Yields 8 quarts.

Sweet Lifeberry® Breakfast Bars

  • ¾ c. brown sugar firmly packed
  • ¾ c. granulated sugar
  • 8 oz. low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 2 T. vegetable oil
  • 2 T. nonfat milk
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 1½ c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. ground cinnamon
  • ½ t. salt (optional)
  • 3 c. old fashioned oats
  • 1 c. dried Sweet Lifeberry goji berries

Preheat oven to 350°F. In large bowl combine sugars, yogurt, egg whites, oil, milk and vanilla; mix well. In medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add dry ingredients to wet mix; mix well. Stir in oats and goji berries. Spread dough onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9 baking pan. Bake 28-32 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store tightly covered.

Do I need to do anything to my gojis for winter?

If you live in zone 5 or warmer, you’ve got nothing to worry about! A 2-3” thick layer of shredded bark mulch over the entire root zone of the plant is a welcome blanket to insulate against fluctuating temperatures and conserve moisture. Other than that, however, goji require no special treatment for the winter.

Do I need to prune my goji berries every year?

Your goji will grow and thrive, even if you never prune it once. However, it will be easier to harvest with some selective pruning. Simply shorten the horizontal branches by about half to two-thirds in early spring, just as the buds begin to break. Plants can withstand severe pruning, but fruiting may be minimal in the following season.

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Growing Goji Berries: How to Grow Goji Berry Plants at Home

Growing goji berries is easy and super rewarding, a happy goji plant will produce antioxidant-rich berries all summer long. Follow along to learn more about these interesting plants and how to grow your own goji berry plants.

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  • Plant profile: Goji Berry, lycium barbarum
  • AKA: Wolfberry, Chinese Wolfberry, Lycium Berry
  • Growing details: Easy to grow, edible berry, superfood, medicinal berry
  • Size: 4-6ft wide x 6-8ft tall
  • Hardiness: Zones 4-8
  • Cultivation: Full sun, regular water, drought tolerant
  • Uses: Edible/medicinal berry, pretty landscape shrub, chicken treat
  • Easy to grow: Yes!
Why I recommend growing goji berries
  1. High-value crop -If you buy dried goji berries at all, then you know that they can be super-duper expensive. Which is why I totally recommend growing your own goji berries.
  2. Highly Productive -They are highly productive and continue to produce multiple crops all summer long.
  3. Thrive in hot, sun– They grow well in full sun locations that other plants might not like
  4. Happy in most soils – They thrive in all kinds of soil types
  5. Drought tolerant – While they produce best with regular watering… they can easily withstand dry periods
Some little know facts about growing goji berries

Before I owned a goji berry plant I had no idea that they have really pretty, little, purple flowers. I also had no idea that they have thorns. The thorns are not really a problem but it does ensure that you take care when harvesting the berries. Finally, ants seem to love goji berries so be sure to harvest the before the ants do.

Growing Goji Berries on an Urban Homestead

Are goji berries suitable or an Urban Homestead? I’d say YES! They are so easy to care for and take little effort to grow. They can be propagated via seed or cutting and can be sold as part of a Homestead Nursery. Gojis are a perfect addition to any homestead garden and believe it or not, chickens Love goji berries!

More about goji berry plants

Where to buy goji berry plants

While you can grow goji berry plants from seed, they can take up to 4 years to produce, which is why I prefer to just buy the plants from my local nursery. They are often sold in 1-2 gallon pots and are relatively inexpensive. I’d expect to pay $12-$20 for a 1gal pot, the cost is easily offset within the plant’s second year of berry production.

If you’re in the states you can even buy goji berry plants on Amazon!

How many goji berry plants should you grow

Unlike many other berry bushes, goji berry plants are self-fertile and Do Not require additional plants for pollination. So, for a family of 4, I’d say 1-2 goji berry plants is all you will need.

How to use goji berry plants in your edible landscape

If you’re like me and prefer a tidier edible landscape, then use your goji berry plant as either a backdrop plant or a feature plant. Give it 4-6ft of room to fill and make sure it’s in full sun. The foliage is slightly silver-green and the quaint little flowers are a soft purple colour. I think it would look nice paired with lavender and salvia. Mine is close to my peony bed, the contrast of deep green and silver green foliage is really nice. More on berry gardens here.

Goji plant, pink peony & purple salvia

Things to consider when planting a goji plant

Now that you have your goji plant there are a few things to consider, including where is the best place to plant a goji plant, how do you go about planting it and how should you care for it. Let’s jump in.

Where to plant a goji plant

Goji’s like to grow in full sun and like well-draining soil, but mine is happy in heavy clay. They are drought tolerant but love getting regular water and a bit of garden compost from time to time. If I could start again, I would have put my goji plant just outside the chicken run…my girls love to hang out under the goji.

How to plant a goji plant

Planting a goji plant is really straightforward, just follow these steps below and you will be off to a great start.

  1. Just dig a hole twice the width and twice as deep as the pot your goji is in currently,
  2. Save the soil you removed and mix it with a high porosity planting soil like Promix HP.
  3. Backfill the hole slightly & work the new blended soil into your planting hole.
  4. Remove your goji plant from the pot and tease the roots to lose them a bit
  5. Place your goji plant in the planting hole and backfill with your blended soil.
  6. Tamp the plant into place and water it in generously.
  7. Top with 3 inches of organic mulch.

This is the stuff I use all the time, at home and on the job site:

How to prune a goji plant

One very important thing to consider with growing goji plants is that they need pruning! The branches can grow up tall and arc back down to the ground, this can cause them to get large and unruly quickly. Some folks suggest that their goji plants sucker, mine hasn’t yet which leads me to wonder if their’s are either self-seeding or tip rooting rather than suckering. Also, some growers suggest cutting goji plant to the ground to keep them under control, this can stress the plant, also causing root suckering. My solution is to prune our goji into a goji berry tree.

I use my Felcos for this job, get yours here:

Caring for your goji berry tree

Goji plants are easy to care for and require little maintenance other than pruning, let chat more about how to care for these rugged plants.

How to prune a goji berry plant into a goji berry tree

As suggested above, I prefer to keep my goji berry plant pruned “standard” aka into a tree form. You can do this by choosing a single main stem on your goji plant and cutting it to your desired height, mine is 3ft tall. From there, stake the main stem and prune away all the other branches and shoots. If your goji is young you will be left with a sad looking whip, but that’s ok. It will start shooting new branches out just below your cut line. Allow the new top branches to grow out and arch, while removing any new branches that grow out of the “trunk” of the main stem… Think palm tree 🙂

How to maintain your goji berry tree

The only maintenance from here out is simple pruning. Keep the top branches thinned to allow light and air into the fruit and flowers. And continue to remove any branches that grow out of the trunk of your goji berry tree. The tree will be very “top heavy” so ensure that you have an adequate stake supporting your tree and replace the stakes as they rot or ware. As you can see ours has 3 stakes, time to upgrade to a stronger one!

How to harvest your goji berry tree

Hand-harvest your goji berries as they ripen. In peak season, you should be getting enough fresh goji berries to fill a small bowl daily. I suggest staying on top of the harvesting to ensure you are getting the freshest berries. If you have hens, toss the over-ripe berries to them, the chooks will thank you.

Preserving goji berries

Goji’s are easy to preserve, simply dry or freeze them for use in smoothies, oatmeal or baking. I use them in powerball recipes or mixed with other sweeter fruits to off-set their slightly tart flavour.

So there you have it, how to grow goji berries. If you like this then you might love my Top 5 Garden Care Tips for a Beautiful Garden.

Take care & thanks for hanging out!

Jana

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Fertilizing and Pruning Organic Goji Berries

Organic goji berries are grown commercially grown in China, Mongolia and Tibet. These hardy, nutrient dense plants can easily grow in your own backyard if you live in USDA planting zones 5 though 9. To ensure that your plants yield a healthy crop of fruit, make sure you understand the special needs of goji berries.

Fertilizing Goji Berries

Goji berry plants do not really require fertilizer. However, if you want your plant to mature and produce fruits faster, then you may use fertilizer mixes. Find one that is organic and contains nitrogen compounds. This type of fertilizer will help your plant develop faster when used during spring time. However, you should not expect a lot of flowers or buds at this time of the year.

In midsummer, change your organic fertilizer to one that has phosphorous, but no nitrogen. This mix will promote the growth of flowers and fruits.

Pruning Goji Berries

There are several ways of pruning the goji berry plant.

TIP: Our expert gardening advisor, Susan Patterson adds, “Always use sterile pruning shears when trimming bushes.”

One way is to allow the plant to grow wild and tall for 12 full months. Then give it one very thorough annual pruning. This will help it yield more fruit. However, many of the berries will be inside the thick foliage. Since goji berry plants have thorns, you must be very careful during this process. The berries are pretty well protected from birds and deer.

TIP: Susan cautions you, “Heavy pruning after the second year will reduce the number of berries.”
In Asia, pruning is done regularly in order to keep the plants small. To be able to do this, your tree must have only one trunk, but many fruiting branches. All branches need to be approximately 2 feet long, and all new shoots should be cut and trimmed. The main advantage of this pruning style is that you will not have any problem when picking the berries. Still, keep in mind that you might have to compete with birds, deer and other pests who also want the sweet fruits.

TIP: Susan suggests, “Place a net over your bushes to keep birds away from fruit.”

Other Helpful Tips on Growing Organic Goji Berries

It is important to note that goji berry plants do not like soil that is soggy and wet. However, during the first few days of germination, you might want to keep the seeds underwater. Once you see leaves sprouting from the seeds, plant them in a container that has good drainage.

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