Goji Berry - Shrub

Lycium barbarum var. goji

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The Goji Berry is native to the Himalayas and inner Mongolia where it has been used for thousands of years. They have a juicy taste comparable to cranberries or tangy plums. The Goji Berry is a sprawling shrubby vine that lives for 5-8 years. The fruits are small and shiny red with oval berries about 1cm long with lots of small edible seeds in the center. Plants prefer a sheltered sunny spot with good drainage and respond well to pruning after fruiting which can help keep its sprawling habit under control. Lycium barbarum grows into a shrub 2.5m high and wide.

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Specifications of Goji Berry - Shrub

Preferred Climate Warm Temperate, Cool TemperateLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 1-2m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Yes

Amount of leaves in Winter? No Leaves (Deciduous)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree? Can be pruned to 2m

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest 2-3 Years

Sun or Shade Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type Good Drainage

Soil pH Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months February, March, April, May

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Extra Information

The fruit is esteemed in Chinese medicine for many reasons.  It iis said to boost the immune system as the fruits are very high in antioxidants and vitamin C and A. It is also said to benefit the liver, kidneys and eye function. More information about this can be found at this page https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs1391

Goji Berry - Shrub Reviews & Tips

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Potty Bob 1
★★★★ 2y ago


Slow to grow ,only inches in first year , will try bigger pot .

★★★ 3y ago

EASTWOOD, NSW, Australia

Really hates full sun as a young plant. Mine is partially protected by a pumpkin plant but it is still severely sunburnt (receives ~4hours sun). Currently in the process of dying, I've moved it to a location where it will received 1-2hours of sun only....

Kevin Humphreys
6y ago

Wallsend, NSW, Australia

Goji Berry

Last year in the 2nd season I had a few fruits at the end of summer. Have just pruned the canes to a metre high. The strongest canes are able to stand unaided. Once shooting I fertilize with Rose food. They are pretty hardy.

★★★★ 6y ago

STREAKY BAY, SA, Australia

Was sold as a type of Goji berry however have since found out it may be a distant cousin.  It hails from Mexico and places like that.  It is sometimes called Pale WolfberryListed as wolfberry - Lycium Pallidum.  This is really drought tolerant!! and...

7y ago

Mount Pleasant, SA, Australia

Goji Berry

There are two varieties that I have found, one is chinense and the other barbarum. I believe barbarum is more of a bush and chinense is more or a vine. Simple growing advice is to grow them like tomatoes.

7y ago

NewCastle, NSW, Australia

Goji Berry

Gently shake the stems a few times a day to increase branch durability. Use volcanic ash added soil for maximum growth. Foliar feed with pond water twice a day. Enjoy vigorous strong goji. lol Dr parker

★★★★★ 8y ago

Cooroy, Qld, Australia

Powerful antioxident, powerful anti aging and way way to expensive from the shops.

9y ago

Mount-druitt, NSW, Australia, Australia

Goji Berry

I have bought the Goji berry plant is tiny but is getting better a bit in the shade while is growing not over watering. looking forward my own berrys

★★ 11y ago

Bardon, Qld, Australia

Good source of antioxidants. No fruit yet and bush/vine is growing very sparcely.

★★★ 11y ago

New Lmabton, NSW, Australia

I ike the idea of growing my own, rather than paying someone to fly them here all the way from China. Plus we love eating them.

11y ago

Lake Macquarie, NSW

Goji Berry

Grow them easily from seed in a warm spot. Be careful where you plant them, they become very vigorous and will run under the soil and come up all over the place. You can dig these up and give to friends. The fresh fruits are tiny and fairly ho-hum

★★ 11y ago

Happy Valley, SA, Australia

Given it a light pruning and new leaves have appeared now.

★★★★ 11y ago

Clayton, VIC, Australia

Bought the plants 18 months ago. Very easy to look after. Fruits are very sweet and refreshing.  I was told not to prune during growing season because flowers normally appear at the end of  long branches. Low mainternance, highly recomended. Easy to ...

★★★ 11y ago

New Lambton Heights, NSW, Australia

planted 2 years ago flowering now

★★ 12y ago

Santo Domingo, National District, DO

I introduced Goji here in the D.R.,  I have had mixed results with them. the seeds sprout right within days, but are slow growers, and easily damp off, to much sun and they dry up, to much shade and they become stringy, I found that a couple hours of ...

12y ago

Nabiac, NSW, Australia

A combination of factors led to the demise of the poor old goji berries...think it was a little bit too wet, then they got out competed by weeds because we didn't have a chance to mulch well...and then the sheep finished them off! Will try again though...

William Gewargis
12y ago

Sydney, NSW

Goji Berry

Ust brought my first Goji heard about them from my brother in England. I'm training it on a trellis and expecting to have my first crop in two years or so I am told.

Adam Botha
13y ago

Plettenberg Bay, RSA

Goji Berry

I have found that it is very easy to propagate from seed in a pot and supporting the vines on a pole, encourages growth +/- 10 cm per week!! cannot wait for my first harvest

David O'bryan
13y ago

Mansfield, QLD, Australia

Goji Berry

I have only tried the dried fruit and its great, very expensive to buy so I have planted 2 trees, looking forward to eating my own berries

14y ago

Brighton, QLD, Australia

Goji Berry

They do like to be prunned, they will branch quickly. I had six fruits the first year! They might look dead in winter, but grow back in spring. The fruit is sweet, no acid flavour, so pretty dull. Best to mix with cereal or other fruit.

14y ago

Illinbah, QLD, Australia, Australia

Goji Berry

I have been told that in over 5000 years there has not been a more powerful food found on the planet than the goji berry. We have used the berries in many ways, but particularly love them in smoothies with raw cacao, almond meal, banana & honey :)

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