How to Prune Wolfberry


The wolfberry bush has gained popularity under its alias, the goji berry bush. Goji berries are prized among the health-conscious because of the berries' high levels of antioxidants and vitamins A and C. But most people don't know that wolfberry leaves are delicious, too, and great in salads or stir fry. The tasty wolfberry bush is also easy to grow. But without periodic maintenance, it can quickly take over your yard. To keep it contained and increase its fruit production, prune your wolfberry bush every spring.

Step 1

Cut the wolfberry bush down to size. If left to grow unchecked, it may reach up to 8 feet in height.

Step 2

Prune the tips of this year's green branch shoots to encourage them to branch sideways, instead of outward, to fill out the bush.

Step 3

Prune any branches that touch the ground. They will put down roots and spread all over your garden otherwise.

Step 4

Prune any branches that have rooted, and dig up the roots. These can be transplanted elsewhere to grow new wolfberry bushes.

Step 5

Prune out any dead or broken wood in winter when the wolfberry is dormant.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears


  • Oregon Live: Wolfberries
  • Victorian Nursery Gardens: Goji Berry Plant
  • Parkland Agroforestry: Wolfberry
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