Goji berries are native to China and Tibet and are considered a "Super Fruit" because of their high antioxidant properties and related health benefits. Used as an ancient Chinese remedy for cleansing the body, Goji berries are thought to add longevity to a person's life, fight fevers, lower blood pressure and improve eyesight. This hardy plant can withstand temperatures down to 15 degrees below zero Fahrenheit and up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It grows up to 8 feet tall producing trumpet-shaped flowers in early summer which form into the berries by the end of summer.
Plant Goji berry plants in an area that receive full sunlight daily. Partial shade in the afternoon is tolerated, but full sun is preferred. The area should be large enough to allow the plants room to grow without crowding out other plants.
Prepare the soil in the spring after the last frost by tilling it and amending with compost to make it well-draining. Dig a hole twice as large as the root ball of the plant. If planting more than one plant, space them 6 to 8 feet apart.
Place the plant in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the ground's surface. Fill in the hole with the soil, tamping down firmly as you go to help eliminate air pockets around the root ball.
Water the new plant deeply to help get it established. The soil should be moist but not soggy. Keep the plant watered consistently by using a soaker hose or garden hose and letting the water trickle down into the soil slowly for about one hour once a week. During warmer months it may be necessary to water more often if the soil becomes too dry.
Keep the plant weed- and grass free by either adding a layer of mulch, such as shredded bark or pine needles, or pulling weeds and grass on a regular basis. Goji plants do not need to be pruned and will produce more fruit if left to grow wild; but if desired you can prune just to shape the plant and keep at a reasonable height.