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Growing Goji Berries

Aug 17, 2007
In the Valleys of Tibet and Mongolia there is a special berry the locals cherish so much they honor it in celebrations that last two weeks each year. Goji Berries contain more protein than whole wheat, more beta-carotene than carrots and 500 times more vitamin C by weight than oranges. It has been well documented that many people in these regions where Goji Berries grow live free of common diseases for well over a hundred years.

These Tibetan Goji Berries are grown Organically in fertile protected wild areas of Inner Mongolia, with vines that reach to over twenty feet. These special berries are grown in one of the most pristine environments in the world, free from any pesticides or industrial pollutants.

How to grow Goji berries

Here is a summary of suggestions and ideas that will help you grow your own Goji berries:

Cultivation and Care Seeds should be sown in spring, 0.5 to 1 cm under the surface, preferably covered with medium sand. Once the seedlings emerge (7 days) and begin to crowd each other they can be planted out. If signs of wilting occur followed by seedling death, treat with a fungicide such as Fongarid and move to a more sunny location.

These berries need sun and adequate water. Shrub up to 3 meters with berries up to 2 cm long. Likes sandy soil, drought tolerant once established. Plant in full sun for best berry production. Dislikes water logging. Plants begin fruiting once 2 years old and will produce heavy crops in the 4th to 5th year.

Goji Berry Plants are easy to grow once they are established. They will grow in almost any type of soil, light sandy, Medium-loamy, and heavy-clay, but they tend to flower and fruit better in a well-drained soil of moderate quality.

Goji Berry plants have an extensive root system and are very drought tolerant once established. Goji Berry plants prefer full sun to partial shade, but plant them in full sun for the best Goji Berry production.

Young Goji Berry Plant

Goji Berry plants can survive winters down to -15 degrees Fahrenheit and hot summers above 100 degrees. The Goji Berry grows as a thick bush reaching 8-10 feet tall with vines that can get 12 feet long. Heavy pruning of the Goji Berry plant will keep this bush looking nice and will also help it produce more delicious Goji Berries.

In early summer this beautiful plant is covered with small trumpet shaped flowers. Both purple flowers and white flowers are on the same Goji plant. Goji berry plants add color to any landscape with their delicate flowers. These rare edible plants are available for the first time in the United States from Timpanogos Nursery.

Goji Berry Flowers

In late summer these pretty little flowers are followed by glossy, bright red Goji Berries. The Goji plant continues to flower and produce Goji Berries right up until the first heavy frost. The fresh Goji berries are incredibly juicy and sweet.

Fresh Ripe Goji Berries

Goji Berry plants begin to fruit when they are 2 years old. Heavy yields can be expected from Goji plants that are 4 to 5 years old.

Grown as a House Plant?

The Goji Berry can be grown indoors if given enough light. Goji Berries can be grown under a strong, full spectrum, artificial light or they can be set by a window that gets direct sunlight for at least 8 hours every day. It is best to grow the Goji plants outside as they do much better, but we have grown them successfully indoors.

Potted Indoor Goji Berry Plant

If you choose to grow the Goji Berry as a houseplant, you will need to pollinate the flowers by hand. The above plant has been grown indoors, is one year old and has many green berries that are not visible in the photo.

Every Goji Berry plant order comes with complete growing instructions, tips on how to increase yields, fertilizing, pruning, harvesting, etc.

Why should you choose Goji berries?

The Goji berries contain 19 amino acids, 21 traces of minerals including germanium besides more proteins than whole wheat. This fruit is the richest ever known natural repository of carotenoids of all the known foods in the world. It also contains large quantities of Vitamin C, Vitamin B complex and Vitamin E.

The other known vital elements contained in Goji berries are Sitosterol, essential fatty acids, Cyperone, Solavetivone, Physalin and Betaine.


The benefits of Goji Juice are many, feedback from Goji Juice drinkers has shown that it may help assist with;

Dissipation of aching and discomfort in muscles and joints
Improvement in vision
Increased flexibility
Improved quality of sleep
Sharper memory and a more focused train of thought
Heightend energy levels
Quicker recovery from excercise and physical acitivity
About the Author
For more information on Goji Berries and the daily recommended intake, visit Goji Berry Guide | You Can't Drink too Much
Learn more about the powerful Himalayan Goji Berries and the first civilization to use them at Goji Berry Guide | The First Healers
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