GOJI BERRY - SHRUB
Botanical Name: Lycium barbarum var. goji
The Goji Berry is native to the Himalayas and inner Mongolia where it has been used for thousands of years as food and for its health benefiting properties. The fruit are very high in antioxidants and vitamin C. They have a sweet and juicy taste comparable to cranberries or 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 shrub.
Plant Information or Specifications
Warm Temperate, Cool Temperate
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Amount of leaves in Winter?
No Leaves (Deciduous)
Suitability in Pots
February, March, April, May
Customer Comments on Goji Berry - Shrub
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 :) | L M - Illinbah, QLD 07-Mar-2007
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. | Dorota - Brighton, QLD 19-Sep-2007
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 | David O'bryan - Mansfield, QLD 18-Oct-2008
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 | Adam Botha - Plettenberg Bay, RSA 28-Oct-2008
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. | William Gewargis - Sydney, NSW 12-Jul-2009
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 | Cynthia - Lake Macquarie, NSW 30-Jun-2010
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 | Romy - Mount-druitt, NSW 18-Jan-2012
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 | Edward - NewCastle, NSW 21-Jan-2014
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. | Gail - Mount Pleasant, SA 28-Jun-2014
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. | Kevin Humphreys - Wallsend, NSW 08-Jul-2015
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