How to prune goji berries

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How to prune goji berries
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The Goji plant is also called Lycium and grows in a large bushy form. The bush develops clusters of 1/4-inch-long red berries in the summer and fall which are called Goji berries. Goji berries are edible and are used to make tea and a variety of herbal remedies. The Goji plant is a rapid grower that will quickly take over the landscape if left unpruned. Annual severe pruning will keep the plant in check as well as rejuvenate it.

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Things you need

  • Pruning shears
  • Rake

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  1. 1

    Wait until the late winter months, typically February, to prune the Goji plant just before it begins to produce new growth.

  2. 2

    Grasp one of the vertical stems and trace it downward toward the base of the plant until you reach 2/3 of the way down. Cut the stem off using pruning shears.

  3. 3

    Cut the remaining Goji plant stems in the same manner using the pruning shears. Use the first cut stem as a guide to indicate the proper height at which to cut the other stems.

  4. 4

    Rake up the cut branches from the ground under the bush and dispose of them in the trash or in a compost pile.

Tips and warnings

  • If needed, you can prune the Goji plant again later in the growing season. However, doing so will prevent it from producing berries in the fall.

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