How to Grow Gogi Berries

Overview

Goji berry plants are a deciduous perennial shrub that generates red berries and can reach heights over 10 feet tall with spreads 6 feet or more. Goji plants are native to Asia and the goji berries have been used for centuries for their healing properties. The goji berry contains high amounts of antioxidants and grows best in U.S. Department of Agriculture Hardiness Zones 6 to 9. Plant first or second year goji berry plants, if possible, since they do not begin producing berries until the third season.

Step 1

Plant goji berries in areas with full sun and well-draining soil. Select planting sites providing room for the full-grown goji berry shrub.

Step 2

Clear the area of all foliage after the last chance of frost has passed. Mix a 2- to 3-inch layer of compost or other organic matter into the growing area to enrich the soil.

Step 3

Dig holes the same depth as the goji berry plant's container or root ball and at least double the width. Place the goji plant in the hole and then backfill with the removed soil.

Step 4

Saturate the goji berry with water to settle the soil around the root system and to remove any air pockets. Supply water to the growing goji berry plant weekly during the growing season, if rainfall is less than 1 inch.

Step 5

Prune the goji berry plant to maintain the size during the dormant season. Prune anytime to remove weak, diseased or touching branches. This will encourage growth and provide more air circulation and light to the inside of the goji plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Hoe
  • Compost
  • Pruning shears

References

  • GojiBerries.us: Growing Goji Berry Plants
  • Local Harvest: Goji Berry Plant
  • Green Herb Garden: Goji Berry Plants--How To Grow And Also What To Know
  • Goji Berries Health Benefits: Goji Berry Plants
Keywords: goji berry plant, grow goji berries, goji berry shrub

About this Author

Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published on Yahoo!, the Travel Channel and Intel.