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Growing Goji Berries

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You can grow Goji berries in your home garden instead of buying berries imported from overseas. Goji berries grow well in containers and in your garden soil. In our new video Tricia plants them both ways. Goji berries fit easily into your garden, since you can grow them in or out of containers, prune them as bushes, or train them on trellises. Goji berries don’t like acid soil. If you live in an area where rhododendrons and camellias thrive, then you probably have slightly acid soil. Check…
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Video Transcript
Hi I'm Tricia an organic gardener I grow organically for a healthy and safe food supply, for a clean and sustainable environment, for an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Goji berries or wolf berries as they're sometimes called are loaded with antioxidants they also have high concentrations of vitamin B, C and amino acids the great thing is you can grow them at home. Goji berries are native to China and are hardy in zones 3 through 10 the plants are drought tolerant their container adaptable and all-around easy to grow. Their relatives of the tomatoes and eggplants and they have cute little purple flowers and bright orange and red berries. Goji berries need full sun but they will tolerate part shade and they need a pH between six point eight and eight point one. If your pH is lower than that you can add some lime like this oystershell lime you can plant Goji berry from seed but if you plant with the bare root stock like this you'll get fruit sooner and the first year you'll probably get just a little bit of fruit but after that you get a full crop. You can plant and grow Goji berries directly in a container and leave them there or if you want to plant them in the ground we suggest starting them in a pot and this is a fiber pot that can go directly in the ground. Goji berries are happy in containers and you'll get a more compact plant plus it will prevent the roots from spreading kind of like raspberries do. The minimum size for growing a Goji berry in a container is five gallons and it should be as deep as a five-gallon bucket because Goji berries put down a deep tap root. Before planting soak the bare roots for about fifteen minutes to an hour in water i'm using the peaceful valley organic potting soil you can use any standard potting soil just don't use any peet moss it's too acidic. This is the crown of the bare root plant the crown is where the root starts the crown should be the same level as the top of the soil. Water the plant and then if the soil settles too much add a little bit more soil to get up to the crown. Keep the plant moist after you see about six to eight inches of growth it can be planted directly in the ground pot and all. Goji berries should be planted about two feet apart they get about ten to thirteen feet tall if you don't prune them and they have a spread of about four feet you can train them like a grape vine on a trellis or you can leave them as a shrub the plants are very drought tolerant once established. When they're very young give them about an inch or two of water every week don't prune them until after the first year then pick a shoot to be the main chute and prune off any lateral shoots below it about fifteen inches from the ground. When the plant reaches two feet tall in the summer pinch out the growing tips to cause side branching where the fruit will be born. After your basic structure is established just prune back to the height you want to keep it maintain clearance from the ground prune out any unproductive branches and thin out branches after the berry season. Goji berries will fruit and flower all through the summer until the first frost so plant this super food and grow organic for life!

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Blair Caldwell Says:
Feb 3rd, 2013 at 8:13 am

Wow, this is great info!  How does the goji berry measure up with respect to feed for bees, nectar and pollen?
Thank you!

Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Feb 3rd, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Blair, Glad this info is helpful to you! Goji berry plants produce plentiful flowers (as you can see from the number of resulting berries in the photos on our blog post about them—click above on “Goji berries—antioxidant beauty…”. To see a photo of the flower itself, click here and go to page 130 http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/datastore/234-2455.pdf

Manny G. Says:
Jun 13th, 2013 at 3:28 pm

My plant is about 7 feet in a six and a half gallon pot.  Since April the flowers with the buds keep falling off ..  It’s in organic soil and I live in sunny SOCAL.  Could you please tell me why this is happening? Thank you and great site!

Mike Says:
Apr 22nd, 2014 at 8:41 am

I read that Goji plants are self pollinating, but that they’ll do better with a companion.  For now, i only bought one mature plant and hoping to get a good crop.  Is there a way i can help aid in the pollination?  Maybe give the plant some gentle shakes when the flowers bloom or use a paint brush to spread pollen?

Jamie Says:
Jul 3rd, 2014 at 3:09 pm

This video was *so* helpful!  Thank you very much!!

I don’t know anything about growing anything.  I bought two giant pots (21 inches by 21 inches) - much bigger than what you show in the video.  So, I think I’m good on size.  What I don’t know is: Should I drill some holes in the bottom of the pot?  It looked like there were some drainage holes in the bottom of the pot in the video.

If it should have drainage holes, should I put the pots up on bricks or something so that the water can drain out of the holes?

I have snails in my yard.  Should I wrap those bricks in copper or something to discourage the snails from going up the pots?  Or maybe snails don’t like goji leaves?

Should I put some gravel or something in a layer in the bottom of the pot to help with drainage???  I remember seeing a TV show that showed something like that many years ago.

As you can see, I really am very ignorant about growing plants, but I’m so excited to try this because I love the idea of growing something I can eat and that will be easy to grow.

I noticed you are out of these roots right now?  Is that true?

Thanks!
- Jamie

Stephanie Brown Says:
Jul 7th, 2014 at 8:32 am

Hello Jamie,

Yes, drainage holes are absolutely necessary. I wouldn’t put gravel in the bottom because goji berries have a long, deep tap root so they need that space. I wouldn’t worry about slugs and snails from the bottom of the pot. Copper wire is a deterrent but I doubt it will be necessary. Yes we are out for the season. The easiest, cheapest way to grow goji berries is from rhizomes which are only available during the dormant season, that is in winter.

Anita Oleksy Says:
Sep 20th, 2014 at 8:23 am

I purchased a gogi some time ago and have it in a pot.
Recently, I found growing nearby, something that to me, looks almost identical, including the berries, except that it has spines, where my potted one doesn’t. Is this a “volunteer” (bird gift)? Can its berries be eaten, or should I pull it out?

Sandy C Says:
Oct 18th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

I planted two goji berry plants in a smaller area than they (now) obviously need.  I just read that they have a long tap root.  Is it safe to transplant them?  If so, when and how?

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