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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T

I have some Goji seeds have sprouted in small cups. They are about 1"tall. Do I wait for the second set before transplanting? I’m pretty excited about this plant and hope these 5 seedlings survive. Great video by the way!

Posted by Terry on Feb. 10, 2017 at 4:00:34 PM

Terry, I would wait until the plant is bigger before transplanting. I think it should have at least a good growth of leaves before setting out, and make sure you put it in soil that is slightly alkaline.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Feb. 13, 2017 at 4:31:05 PM

D

Where would be a good place to order Goji rhizomes (root stock)?

Posted by Dustin on Feb. 15, 2017 at 2:17:07 PM

R

My Goji plants are about 4 years old, in 20 gallon smart pots and have never been pruned.  Each pot currently has about 20 stalks ranging from 24” to 6’ in height and are covered in little green shoots.  What is my best approach for starting to get these under control and producing more berries?

Posted by R DeHart on Feb. 21, 2017 at 3:13:18 PM

R DeHart, this is from our growing guide for goji berries, “When the plant reaches two feet in height, prune all bottom branches up to 15” from the soil and pinch out growing tips to create a bushier appearance.  Ineffective, non-bearing branches that appear straight and smooth and grow rapidly may be removed. Regular pruning will help maintain gojis as attractive bush, hedge, trellis or container plant.”
Hope that answers your question.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Feb. 24, 2017 at 1:29:17 PM

Dustin, you can purchase gojis from us! Here is the link to the bare root, https://www.groworganic.com/out-goji-berry-tree-each.html.
We also carry it potted as well.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Feb. 24, 2017 at 1:39:39 PM

R

I just read that I am supposed to trim back the goji in the fall, i didn’t. It’s has been in the ground for a year now…
Is it there anything I can do now to help it produce more now?
It’s long and leggy now…

Posted by Robin J. on Mar. 27, 2017 at 7:54:45 AM

Robin, Tricia talks about pruning the goji the second year in the video. You can prune off the growing tips that will encourage more branching.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Apr. 04, 2017 at 1:44:08 PM

B

If I plant one root, will it spread? I.e, do. I need to worry about containing the shoots, like the problem the bamboo plants creat? Thank you!

Posted by BJ on May. 07, 2017 at 10:10:22 AM

BJ, Goji plants will spread, but not like a running bamboo. You can easily control the size of the plant by pruning. It won’t hurt to grow it in a pot, but it needs to be deep since the goji puts off a long tap root.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on May. 08, 2017 at 10:27:27 AM

M

Is it possible to grow Goji berries in a region with cold winters(temperature occasionally down to -40 c) and dry warm summers(temperature usually up to 40 c)?

Posted by Mahdi on May. 23, 2017 at 11:51:05 PM

Mahdi, the Phoenix Tears is listed to grow in USDA zones 3-10. I am not sure what zone you are in to get those types of extremes. It is also very important to plant in soil that is a little alkaline. You can plant it in an area that can get a little afternoon shade for the summer temperatures and in the winter wrap it in a frost blanket to help protect it a little from the extreme winters.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on May. 31, 2017 at 9:58:35 AM

R

My goji plants are in the 2nd year. I started with one plant and when I pruned it I grew the cuts and turned that one plant into more than 30 plants before last years freeze. The plants are growing great but not a single berry can be found on any of the plants. Am I missing something?

Posted by ryan on Jun. 01, 2017 at 9:53:23 AM

Ryan, How much fertilizer do you feed your goji berries? If they get too much nitrogen the plants will just put on leaves, so I would increase your phosphorus to the plants and see how they respond. Hope that helps. You can always get a soil test to see what your nutrient levels are in your soil.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Jun. 02, 2017 at 10:57:14 AM

S

How far apart should I be growing my goji berries if they’re already in a pot?

Posted by Steven on Jun. 05, 2017 at 10:59:02 AM

Steven, are you planting more than one goji in a pot? I would only put one goji plant in a pot, unless it is a big half wine barrel. They spread out, unless you prune them, so I would give them at least 24” apart, if they are in the same pot.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Jun. 05, 2017 at 11:14:39 AM

K

Hi Suzanne,  I planted my organic bare root about 2 yrs. ago. It was purchased from a local organic grower in my state of South Carolina. It looks very healthy and has five main branches growing at about 2 ft in height. It is in a large planter receiving full sun. My concern is that I have never seen flowers or fruits. What am I doing wrong? Thank you in advance for your advice.

Posted by Ketric Nedelea on Jun. 25, 2017 at 9:49:13 AM

Ketric, sounds like it might be a nutritional problem. If you give them too much nitrogen they will just grow nice leaves but not flower. They also like a more alkaline pH of the soil, so you might check that as well. So try giving them a fertilizer with more phosphorus (the middle number on the fertilizer packages). Hope that helps.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Jun. 26, 2017 at 9:33:28 AM

D

Do you recommend using a trellis with Goji berry plants or is not necessary?

Posted by David on Aug. 04, 2017 at 12:49:15 PM

David, the goji grows like a bush so a trellis is not needed.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Aug. 04, 2017 at 2:44:46 PM

V

I started goji berries from seed.  They are only about 2” tall and it is almost september.  I live in an area in canada where we have winter with about 5’ of snow at least.  Should I take these seedlings inside for the winter or should I plant them and hope for the best.  Thanks

Posted by vickie on Aug. 30, 2017 at 12:26:04 PM

Vickie, If it was me, I would bring them at least into a greenhouse or out of the snow. They are quite cold tolerant, but 2” tall is pretty small.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Aug. 31, 2017 at 1:50:39 PM

Vickie, If it was me, I would bring them at least into a greenhouse or out of the snow. They are quite cold tolerant, but 2” tall is pretty small.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Aug. 31, 2017 at 1:50:40 PM

J

This is really a question - Are goji berries safe for chickens to eat?  I would like to plant my bushes near the fence surrounding my chicken yard. I don’t mind if the chickens eat from the branches that grow into the yard, but I certainly don’t wanat to poison the chickens.

Posted by Jean on Sep. 16, 2017 at 12:02:41 PM

Jean, I have found a few sources on the internet that says that chickens love goji berries, but to be safe you should consult a vet about the diet of your chickens.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Sep. 18, 2017 at 9:14:27 AM

A

Hi there, my goji berry plant is now 7 or 8 years with me, it grows really fast and I have to trim it a number of times a year but it does not produce fruits! I saw the first flowers last year, in autumn, and got only 3 (sic!) fruits… I grow it in the sunniest place in my garden, the soil is right - any ideas what might be wrong?
Thank you in advance.

Posted by Aga on Oct. 14, 2017 at 1:55:50 PM

Aga, When are you pruning the plant? The pH needs to be right for the plant to flourish and how is your phosphorus levels? Come spring you may want to fertilize with a fertilizer with a higher phosphorus level. Also maybe hold off pruning until the dormant season. Berries are born on new wood, so you don’t want to over prune your plants.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Oct. 16, 2017 at 9:58:51 AM

A

I’ve come to this video for advice because our goji, which is over 6’ tall, doesn’t produce flowers until very late in the season - late September/ October, so fruit don’t get a chance to set. Should I be growing a different variety? Thanks!

Posted by Ange Dean on Dec. 19, 2017 at 9:25:45 AM

Ange, sounds like there may be some nutritional deficiencies in your soil. You might try getting a soil test and see where you are at, or you can supplement with a higher phosphorus fertilizer. You might also try pruning to get more lateral growth, the berries are produced on new wood, so that should help.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Dec. 20, 2017 at 2:14:00 PM

D

I bought gogis from your nursery 4 years ago and never fruited,  is there something I can do to get them to fruit?

Posted by Doug Sandelin on Mar. 23, 2018 at 3:02:17 PM

Doug, you need to make sure all of their growing conditions are proper-good drainage, somewhat alkaline pH soil, not too much nitrogen, adequate sun, and proper pruning. You can try adding a fertilizer that has more phosphorus in it than nitrogen.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Mar. 26, 2018 at 9:04:11 AM

M

I planted 2 roots late march/early april and they don’t seem to be doing much of anything. How long until goji roots show signs of growth.

Posted by Matthew Cetta on May. 07, 2018 at 8:09:03 PM

Matthew, it really depends on the warmth of your soil. You might try to gently dig away some of the soil and see if there are any roots or shoots developing. Usually by now you should be seeing some growth. If not please contact our customer service to help you out with a refund.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on May. 08, 2018 at 2:16:01 PM

S

I started my goji berries about 1-1/2 months ago, but it is still only a small sprout, about 1/4” tall. 
Is this typical?  Is it establishing more roots before it expells energy to grow up?
My setup is:  Grow light, seedling heating pad (set @ 80-85 degrees), seed starting soil, watering only with collected rainwater every other day or so.
Other starters have grown and are already planted out in the garden. 
Any help would be appreciated.

Posted by Steve O on May. 09, 2018 at 7:00:29 AM

Steve, I am assuming you are growing the goji by seed. It is pretty typical for the goji to grow very slowly the first year and really take off the second year. My guess would be that the plant is focusing on developing its root system. I would say keep doing what you are doing and be patient.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on May. 14, 2018 at 4:10:22 PM

J

I live in New Mexico, winters get cold. I have a nice growing gogi berry growing in a pot, been two years now planning on putting it outside can I leave the pot out during the winter

Posted by Joseph A Jaramillo on May. 15, 2018 at 7:04:49 AM

Joseph, goji berries are very cold tolerant. Those that we sell on our site are listed down to zone 3, which is pretty cold. I would say your goji would be ok to be left outside in the winter.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on May. 15, 2018 at 1:24:43 PM

D

I purchased a gogiberry bush last year. I planted it in a pot and it produced berries. This year it isn’t doing anything. It’s still plyable but has no leaves. Is it dead or just dormant.

Posted by D. Anderson on May. 27, 2018 at 8:10:22 AM

D. Anderson, seems like your goji should have produced leaves by now. But if it is still plyable, seems like the plant is still alive. You may want to give it a fertilizer. Plants in pots tend to need more frequent fertilizing than those in the ground.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on May. 29, 2018 at 12:05:41 PM

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