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Goji berry     

Lycium barbarum

Goji berry is a plant which belongs to the Lycium genus.

Ornamental climbing shrub. Covered in violet flowers in spring/early summer and red berries in summer/autumn.

Berries and shoots are edible.

Makes a useful hedging plant and berries attract birds.

Propagate from cutting, suckers and seeds.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Lavender (floral). When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Ferrari Red and   Boston University Red. Leaves appear approximately as a   Hooker's green colour. A type of flowering edible fruit, it mainly grows as a deciduous plant - which means that it sheds leaves annually. Goji berry is known for growing to a height of approximately 8.12 feet (that's 2.50 metres in metric) with a bush-like habit. This plant tends to bloom in early summer, followed by first harvests in late summer. Goji berry is a great plant to attract butterflies to your garden.

As Goji berry is a low maintanence plant, it is great for beginner gardeners and those that like gardens that don't need much overseeing.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Goji berry have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Goji berry

  • Full Sun

    OR +
  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Only fully ripened fruits should be eaten.

Lightly prune in spring.

Can become invasive.

Will grow in any well drained soil.

Goji berry likes a position of full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 3 - Zone 10 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ensure your soil has a ph of between 6.8 and 8.1 as Goji berry is a weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil loving plant. Keep in mind when planting that Goji berry is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Goji berry to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Goji berry from seed

Transplanting Goji berry

L. barbarum will grow well in almost any soil.

Sun to light shade.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Goji berry is a hardy plant.

Harvesting Goji berry

Goji berries get sweeter as they mature on the plant.

Common Goji berry problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Goji berry plants:

Goji berry Etymology

Supposedly a native of Lycia (Turkey).

Other names for Goji berry

Wolfberry, Chinese wolfberry, Matrimony vine, Duke of argyll's teatree, Boxthorn, Gouqi, Willow-leaved lycium, Gogi berry

Lycium halimifolium, Lycium vulgare, Lycium turbinatum

Misspellings: gouqi, Goji Berry (Lycium barbarum), gojiberry, Gogi berry, Gogiberry

Goji berry care instructions

How long does Goji berry take to grow?

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Popular varieties of Goji berry

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