Botanical Name: Lycium barbarum
Harvest: Mid-Summer through first frost.
Bush Habit: Unpruned it grows to between 10 and 13 feet tall with a spread of 4 feet. It has upright sprouts with long lateral branches with a weeping habit.
Fruit: Red to red-orange berries.
Facts of note: Goji berries are easy to grow, container adaptable and drought tolerant. They do require alkaline soil with a pH between 6.8 and 8.1. They also do not appreciate high doses of nitrogen. The Phoenix Tears variety was discovered in 2004 on a ranch in western Utah near the historic site of a transcontinental railroad camp where primarily Chinese workers resided. The mother plant is thought to be a chance seedling planted by accident back in the days of the transcontinental railroad construction. Phoenix Tears is a productive, almost thornless variety of goji berry.
For centuries the Chinese have used parts of the entire 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.
For successful growth, is critical that the soil PH remain at 6.8 or higher. High nitrogen is not recommended for these plants.
One year old roots.
I ordered 3 of these back in October and was informed they wouldn't ship till mid January. I was a little wary about paying for something now and trusting the company to follow through several months later but I took the chance. Sure enough mid january they showed up. 3 little twigs that looked like they wouldn't amount to anything. I placed each in it's own small pot gave them some water and thought "this was a wast of money". Man was I wrong! These little guys are really getting after it! All three have sprouted leaves after only 2 weeks. I still have another 2 months at least before I can transplant outside and if they keep growing at this rate I'll have a real jungle here in the house. Can"t wait to see how they do outside.Review by Dean (on 2/1/14)