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How to Grow Goji Berry Plants & Bushes

Updated April 17, 2017

Goji berry plants and bushes can grow outdoors in the ground or indoors in pots. If grown indoors, they need to have ample light from the sun or from a full spectrum artificial light. Even though the goji berries are small, they come packed with 19 amino acids, 21 minerals, vitamins C, E and B complex among other healthy nutrients. Goji berry plants grow commercially in China, Mongolia and Tibet, but they can be grown in your yard or home. Goji berry plants and bushes will not bear fruit for three years.

Place the goji berries in a plastic bag and freeze them for one month.

Remove the berries from the freezer and place them in a bowl of water for 24 hours. Open the berries with a small jackknife and remove the tiny seeds when they get mushy. Place the seeds in a fine-mesh sieve and rinse away the flesh. Dry the seeds in a warm, dark area for at least a day. Make sure the area is also dry and well ventilated.

Fill flats or individual peat pots with potting soil.

Soak the soil with water. Scatter goji seeds over the top of the flat or place two seeds per peat pot.

Cover the seeds very lightly with potting soil. Mist the soil lightly with water.

Place the flat or pots in a bright area, but not in direct sunlight. Keep the soil very moist, but not soggy. The seeds should germinate in 10 days.

Move the flat or peat pots to an area that receives full sun. Leave them in a sunny location for one hour, then move the flat back to a shady area. Repeat this for a week or two, but each day leave the goji berry plants in the sun longer to get them accustomed to the sunlight. Keep the soil moist.

Transplant the goji plants when their roots are growing out of the bottom of the flats.

Fill 4-inch pots with a planting medium of 3 parts potting soil and 1 part compost.

Transplant the goji berry plants and soak the soil with water. Place the pots in a sunny location. Keep the soil moist. Plant them in the ground when the roots are growing out the bottom of the pots.

Find a full-sun location for your goji plants if you are going to leave them outdoors all season. Plant the goji where it will receive partial shade in areas where the temperatures exceed 40 degrees Celsius.

Dig a hole that is slightly bigger than the rootball. Amend the soil with compost as you did when preparing the soil for pots.

Plant the goji in the hole and backfill with the amended soil.

Soak the plants with water. Keep the soil moist for the first year. Place a 3- to 4-inch layer of mulch around the plants to keep in moisture content.

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Things You'll Need

  • Plastic bagrnFreezerrnFine-mesh sievernFlats or peat potsrnPotting soilrnSpray bottlern4-inch potsrnTrowel
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About the Author

Gail Delaney is a writer in South Dakota and has articles published online at various websites. She is the garden editor for BellaOnline, with years of gardening experience. Being the caretaker of her parents led her in the direction of medical issues, especially natural remedies.