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How to Grow Goji Berries

By on January 30, 2013

Goji berries, or wolfberries as they are sometimes calld, are easy to grow! In this video, Tricia will show you how to grow goji berries in your own backyard!

  Comments (10)


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

Posted by Blair Caldwell on Feb. 03, 2013 at 7:13:20 AM

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

Posted by on Feb. 03, 2013 at 2:40:50 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!

Posted by Manny G. on Jun. 13, 2013 at 3:28:21 PM


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?

Posted by Mike on Apr. 22, 2014 at 8:41:40 AM


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?

- Jamie

Posted by Jamie on Jul. 03, 2014 at 3:09:11 PM

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.

Posted by on Jul. 07, 2014 at 8:32:47 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?

Posted by Anita Oleksy on Sep. 20, 2014 at 8:23:12 AM


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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Posted by Sofia on May. 15, 2015 at 12:28:35 AM


Very cool website.  Goji are so easy to plant and grow.  They grow well in depleted soils and produce one of the most nutritious fruits in the world.  Looks like the N1 type.

Posted by american goji on Sep. 16, 2015 at 3:37:37 AM

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