Goji Berries

Goji berries are hardy, deciduous shrubs that have increased in popularity in recent years due to their immense health benefits. It yields a plentiful supply of nutritious red berries, which can be eaten fresh, cooked or dried. Their berries produce in late summer and into fall, with a beautiful flower with lavender petals and a white eye in the middle. When the Goji fruit is ripened it is a bright orange- red color, with an elongated body. Goji prefer a well-drained alkaline soil. They thrive in full sun to partial shade in a warm climate.

Health Benefits

Goji are a native of China, and are known as the super fruit, for the claimed health benefits of including them in your diet. Goji are high in protein, antioxidants, and an excellent source of vitamin C. They are also a natural anti-inflammatory, great source of fiber, low in calorie, fat free, and full of a variety of vitamins and minerals. These delicious berries can be eaten raw, cooked, dried, by themselves, or mixed with other foods.

Growing Tips

Goji plants can handle a wide range of conditions. They prefer a moderately moist, well-drained soil, but they are also fairly drought tolerant. The berries will produce and ripen the best in full sun. You can also grow gojis in containers. Make sure to use a pot at least 18 inches wide to

accommodate the full size of a goji shrub, it should be able to overwinter outside in USDA zones 6 and higher. Goji berry shrubs have long, arching branches that hold up better with some structural support. You can also train gojis onto a trellis, fence or any other solid structure. Due to their vigorous growth habit, gojis can be pruned anytime to control their height and shape.

When planting goji berries, dig a large hole keeping the depth and width same as the root ball of the plant. Add plenty of compost or aged manure and sand or perlite in the planting hole if the soil is compact. If you’re planting it in a container make sure to plant it in a light potting mix. Repot it once every 2-3 years or whenever you find it root-bound. Fertilize the plant with tomato fertilizer twice a month in the growing season. Keep well-watered. Vining Goji plants best maintained as a +5’ shrub (can put on significant yearly growth); can also be maintained as a single stem small tree in the ground or grown in a container.

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