Botanical Name: LYCIUM BARBARUM; Family solanaceae
Height: 8 - 10 feet.
Spacing: 8 feet.
Depth: Plant at same depth as in the pot. Goji berries are typically small and spindly when young and they will get bigger and stronger over time. If you have a sheltered spot to plant them outside, then go ahead. If you would like to be extra cautious, you can
Spread: 8 - 10 feet.
Sun/Shade: Full sun. Likes lots of sun with 8 - 10 hours of sun per day.
Pollinator: Self pollinating.
Color: Star shaped white to lilac to purple blossoms.
Foliage: Glossy emerald-green elongated leaves, on graceful vine-like branches.
Blooms: Early Summer to Fall.
Fruit: Glossy bright orange-red, oval 1/2 - 1inch long.
Soil Requirements: Will grow in almost any type of soil, except wet soggy soil. Tend to fruit best in well-drained soil of moderate quality. Likes an alkaline soil with a pH of 8.2 - 8.6.
Growth Rate: Medium growth rate.
Pruning: Heavy pruning will help keep the plant looking nice, and increase berry production. Can also be trained to a support. The older the plant, the more upright it can be trained.
Comments: Original habitat southeastern Europe to southwest Asia. China is the only country with significant commercial fruit production of the Goji Berry. Often referred to in health stores as the Tibetan or Himalayan Goji Berry. Extremely nutritionally dense, high antioxidant properties. Can be eaten fresh, dried, made into juice, wine and herbel tea. When dried they can be eaten as a healthy snack similar to raisins. They have a taste which has been described as having an accent of tomato, similar to dates, dried cranberries or raisins, but drier, more tart, less sweet and with an herbal scent. They are quite unique in all regards. Fresh berries are juicy and sweet. Have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for 1900 years. Very drought tolerant once established. Heavy pruning will help keep the plant looking nice, and increase berry production. No known disease problems.
Native to Asia, Goji Berry bushes add a hint of the exotic to your landscape. The delicious berries from these plants have been used for many years in traditional Chinese medicine, and have gained a following in the West. Goji berry produce dainty white to purple star-shaped flowers from early summer through fall, adding color to your garden. The tangy bright orange berries are ready to savor from July until the first frost.
Easy to cultivate, simply plant in full sun and space the plants 8 feet apart. Self-pollinating Goji berry( Lycium barbarum) plants grow about 8 to 10 feet tall in zones 5 through 9. They thrive in any type of well-drained soil. Heavy pruning will increase berry production. Easy to maintain, these plants are drought tolerant and are not bothered by diseases.
Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, the flavor of Goji berry fruits is unique. Tart and slightly sweet, they have a refreshing astringency. Enjoy them fresh as a snack or add them to smoothies, yogurt and ice cream. Juice them to make a variety of beverages, including wine. Dried, these berries make a great addition to breads, trail mix or cookies. The dried berries also make a tasty tea. Add the exotic flavor of Gogi berries to your garden.
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