Goji Berry Growing Information:
Position – You can grow your goji berries in the garden or in a deep, large pot (at least 40 litres). They thrive in full sun and should be protected from strong winds. However, your plant will still grow in partial shade. Plant them about 1 metre apart from one another, with 1.5 metres between rows of goji berry plants.
Size – This tree usually grows to a height of between 1 and 1.8 metres tall. However, trees that are left to grow (without being pruned) can reach a height of more than 3.5 metres.
Soil Type – Plant your goji berry in soil with a pH of between 7.0 and 8.1. This plant needs well-draining soil, not soil that retains too much water and becomes soggy. So, sandy or loamy soil works best. This also allows the roots to extend deep down into the looser-packed soil (compared to clay).
Do NOT use a peat-based potting mix. If you are not planting your bush in the ground, simply use a standard inexpensive potting mix (i.e. not Miracle Grow, Moisture Control or similar).
If you are planting in containers, only use plain top soil with a little perlite or take soil from your yard. DO NOT USE pre-made potting soils because almost all of these contain peat moss.
We stock volcanic rock dust, which contains organic minerals and trace elements to boost soil health and increases important micro-organisms that are essential for healthy soil.
Mulch – Use organic mulch (like wood chips, straw or old leaves) around each plant to keep weeds away and moisture in. But, be careful to keep the mulch 20 to 30 centimetres away from the trunk and branches. If they are too close to the mulch, they can become infected and rotten.
Watering – These are hardy plants, resistant to drought once they are mature and settled. But, for the best results, keep the soil moist. Water your tree with 2.5 to 5 centimetres of water once a week.
Fertilising – An organic, slow-release fertiliser during the growing season can really support and boost the production of your goji berries.
Pruning – It’s not essential to prune your tree, but makes it easier to harvest the berries. Remove horizontal branches to be a metre long. This promotes growth and creates a dense, healthy tree that produces lots of juicy berries. Remove dead or diseased shoots and branches too, and thin the tree out after fruiting season so that all of the resources go to productive, healthy limbs.
Harvesting – Your tree will produce its biggest yield in the summer months, from about 4 or 5 years of age. The fruit ripens from orange to a vivid, bright red colour. Either enjoy the berries straight off the tree, or place them in the refrigerator immediately after picking to extend their life to about a week. They freeze well, if you’d like to use them for smoothies, preserves and desserts at a later time.