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How to Grow Goji Berries

By GrowOrganic.com 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!

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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 http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/datastore/234-2455.pdf

Posted by GrowOrganic.com on Feb. 03, 2013 at 2:40:50 PM

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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

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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

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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

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 GrowOrganic.com on Jul. 07, 2014 at 8:32:47 AM

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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

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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?

Posted by Sandy C on Oct. 18, 2014 at 12:21:10 PM

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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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Hello!  I just planted the goji berry plant in my garden that I purchased last year and had previously kept inside in a large container.  I was wondering why I should trim the bottom 15 inches of the plant?  In the video I heard goji berries may spread like raspberries and would LOVE for that to happen as I would like to have 10-15 plants total.  If spreading is desired, should I still trim the bottom 15 inches?  I hope someone can help me and answer my question! Thanks so much!
Cheers to organic gardening!
Lauren

Posted by Lauren on Jul. 04, 2016 at 9:26:14 AM

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Hi - Love your site and your video about goji’s. My goji batch is 4 years old. I live in Zone 3. They are totally out of control and I made a huge effort to cut them way back this early spring. I have roped them up off the ground but they are weeping over the ropes and I have tons of shoots all over the area.  There are lots of blooms so hopping for a good crop.  My question is do I cut down the shoots now in the spring of do I wait for fall? Also how do I know which main branches to keep next year?
Thanks.

Posted by Holly on Jul. 06, 2016 at 7:39:08 AM

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Holly, sounds good that your goji is happy and healthy. You can prune in the summer to control the size of the plant/stand or you can prune in the dormant season. Summer pruning will encourage lateral growth (if you are just pruning out the growing tips). If you have blooms now, you don’t want to prune now since you will lose all of that fruit. What branches to keep depends on how big you want your plant to grow.

Posted by Suzanne on Jul. 12, 2016 at 12:02:08 PM

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Lauren, If you just transplanted your goji, I would not prune it until the following year so the plant will have time to get established. Next year you can summer prune, which will encourage new lateral growth. If your plant is happy where it is at, it will put out new shoots along the ground and spread. If you want to divide those, wait until they are dormant. Hope this helps.

Posted by Suzanne on Jul. 12, 2016 at 12:07:54 PM

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Hello I just bought a goji berry plant from local Lowe’s I’ve had it for 4 weeks it had green leaves on it and I had it full sun in a 5 gallon container it came in it the leaves turned yellow and already in 4 weeks if looks like its going dead I’m not sure why it’s doing this I’m doing everything is says to on the instructions and on your video how do I bring it back to life before it completely dies I paid about 40 dollars I’ll be very upset if it died how can I get it back to Health please help this goji berry lover!

Posted by Christan on Jul. 19, 2016 at 11:47:04 AM

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Christan, so do you remember how the plant was in the store? If it was in part shade at the store and you brought it home and put it in the full sun then it was probably just too much of a shock. Give it some fertilizer and possibly move it back into part shade. Not sure if it will bounce back, but you never know.

Posted by Suzanne on Jul. 19, 2016 at 11:59:16 AM

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I bought 2 rhizomes that I planted in pots, 1 fruited within 2 months, but the other one has a really tall stem with flowers but it has no fruit.  But, it does have spikes things growing all along it.
The fruited plant has no spikes, ??

Posted by Susan on Sep. 16, 2016 at 10:18:19 AM

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