Winter Care Tips for Goji Berry Plants

October 22, 2007

Ever since an earlier article about a couple of Goji Berry plants that I purchased for the garden, there has been a lot of interest and more than a few ideas exchanged on this site related to growing Goji Berries.

Here’s a recent question that I received from Terry regarding winter care for his gojis planted in Southeastern Pennsylvania, along with an update on the Goji Berry plants growing in my garden:

The Perils of Growing Goji Berry Plants Outdoors

young goji berry plant.thumbnail Winter Care Tips for Goji Berry Plants“I have an eight-month old Goji Berry plant in my yard, I planted it in spring. Do you think I should dig it up and pot it, and put it indoors for this winter? If I do put it indoors would I need some sort of heat bulb? How much light do you think it would need?”

“It is about 3 feet tall, and lost a lot of it’s leaves, thanks to rabbits! I saw that you had a rabbit attack as well and laughed to myself. Rabbits love Goji leaves.”

“My brother bought a Goji plant online, I forget what nursery, but his plant is doing VERY WELL. It is 4 feet high and about 3-4 wide. It flowered this year but no berries. It is actually has sharp thorns and everything on it. Very nice looking plant!”

Preparing Goji Berries for the Winter Season

Terry, I definitely wouldn’t dig the goji berry plant up to bring it indoors over the winter. Goji Berries are reported to be cold hardy and should survive the winter weather conditions outside in the garden. It would also become a hassle to follow that routine as the plants grow larger over the years, not to mention the disruption to the goji’s normal growth habit.

The only special treatment that I give the goji berries to prepare them for winter is to apply a mulch of straw or shredded leaves around the base of the plant and to provide protection against animals grazing the young plants. As you discovered, rabbits seem to enjoy snacking on goji plants and I wouldn’t be surprised if deer and other critters will also be attracted to the plants during the winter months.

A cylinder of wire meshing staked around, but not in direct contact with the goji berry should be enough to keep the rabbits away. Also don’t mulch right up to the trunk of any young fruit tree or shrub to help discourage rodent activity.

Some gardeners treat goji berries as houseplants and raise them indoors year round, but they will grow better and produce much higher yields when cultivated as an outdoor plant. For indoor care you would not need a heat lamp but a very sunny exposure or some type of supplemental grow lighting would be required.

Goji Berry Plant Update

Sounds like your brother’s Goji Berry growing in Maryland is doing extremely well, has he provided any special care beyond the ordinary to the plant? Maybe next year it will begin to produce berries.

My replacement Goji Berry plants survived a hot and very dry summer, but have not put forth what I would classify as substantial growth. Both of the plants seem as though they are still establishing themselves in their new home in my edible landscape.

The plant that was nibbled down to nothing by the rabbits rebounded to grow nearly four feet in height but is not wide and bushy. I will probably prune it back a little in the spring to encourage more branching.

year old goji berry plant.thumbnail Winter Care Tips for Goji Berry PlantsMy second Goji Berry plant also suffered a small amount of animal damage and is bushier but has yet to reach more than twelve inches in height. At this point I’m just hoping that both plants make it safely through the winter this time around.





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Terry Heller February 15, 2008 at 2:30 am

I found out the website my brother purchased the goji berry plant from, seems to be doing much better than mine as I said. I can give you the name of the site if you email me, I don’t want to post it. I don’t want anyone to think I am marketing a certain site. I will say that I will probably not buy from the goji berry grower my plant came from again after seeing my brother’s results. His bush has YET to lose its’ leaves…mine all dropped after a couple of cold weeks. Thanks again!

Crystal Fisher March 8, 2008 at 7:53 pm

I’m most intersted in learning more about growing the goji berry myself. I’m in zone 8b – Central Texas where we experience both drought and heat. Where did you plant yours? I was thinking about putting it on my fenceline, but I’m not so sure that is such a good place. Perhaps about 10′ away would be better. Do you think I need to amend my soil? Does fertilizer help? I guess so. It helps everything else.

Thanks for responding,
Crystal

Joni May 1, 2008 at 2:18 pm

Hi – I have 5 Goji plants that are a year old. They have grown a lot this spring and seem to need staking. Is this recommended?

Thanks!
Joni

Kenny Point May 1, 2008 at 10:31 pm

Hi Joni, I have staked my plants just to help keep the goji berry plants growing upright. In addition to the stake I also surrounded the plant with a cylinder of fencing wire to keep the rabbits at bay… I learned the hard way that there are critters out there that will eat these young plants right down to the ground just as I shared in a past goji berry update.

Crystal Fisher - zone 8b May 1, 2008 at 10:41 pm

Trying to get all of our questions answered seems to be a bit difficult. Just finding growers who can answer those questions seems to be difficult. My guess is that we will become our own experts on this plant through our own experience and that which we share with each other. While goji berries might eventually become drought tolerant, it seems that they might appreciate more water in getting them established in your yard. It might help if we’d all list what zones we all have ours growing in. It sure would help me since our winters are relatively mild compared to others.

I’ve just learned to plant goji berries on 8′ centers (if anyone has other info, PLMK) and keeping them pruned down to 6′ tall/wide. Apparently, making it easier to harvest when the time comes. I plan to put tomato cages around mine in the beginning because they do appear to need staking – my tallest one is staked for support.. I had considered stringing wire from one to another so they could be trained to vine like that, but have reconsidered that and plan to grow them more like a bush with pruning.

I have some that I started last Fall from seeds. The tallest is 18″ and were planted in good potting soil mix. I hope to plant them later this summer if possible because I’ll be working to amend the soil for the next couple of months. I have some that I started a couple of months ago which have amazed me. Two are between 2″ and 5″. What has surprised me is that I hear about goji berries not blooming till they are older and not setting fruit till the following year. I think these were accidentally fertilized when I was feeding my blooming plants because they have set blooms. Even at 2″ height. A Master Gardener friend recommended removing the blooms because of the stress it might be putting on such a young plant. I plan to chat with her more about that because I know they won’t set any fruit for the next couple of years. But, this makes me aware that feeding them might be a good idea.

I look forward to getting more information as this site grows.
Crystal

Kim Johanson May 21, 2008 at 3:54 pm

I live in Southern California. I planted a Goji plant three years ago. It is about five feet tall. The blooms are small and it has had a few berries but the largest are maybe 1/4 inch long. Am I too impatient or will they just not grow well here. We get at the most 300 chill hours a winter here. Anybody have any success in a similar climate?
Kim

Charlotte July 27, 2009 at 1:15 pm

I was thrilled to find Goji plants in 3″ pots at Lowe’s Garden Center for $3.45!!! Didn’t even know they were available, and had purchased some of the dried fruits. These alrady have tendrils about 18″ long, and the base stem is about 2 to 3″… 3 look like they could go in a large hanging basket, or pot. I live in Texas so am going back for a couple more to train up a tree in the sun, and contain them with chicken wire.

You never know what “rare” plants you’ll find at common stores… last year it was a Rangoon Creeper at HEB grocery… have never found another one and they smell like heaven!

Rod August 2, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Crystal, as far as I know from experience, goji flower and fruit in the first year. Mine suffered attack from a kind of leaf beetle and also from dusty mildew, but they still fruited abundantly in the first year. These are tough plants which do their thing without much assistance. Incidentally, hover flies seem particularly fond of the goji flowers.

Teresa D Campbel September 13, 2009 at 11:18 pm

I have 6 Goji plants I bought two years ago. I live in N.E. Washington state, my planting zone is 5. I bought my plants from Timpanagos Nursery,out of Utah. They also sell some extremely good liquid fertilizer for the gojis, which help them bloom and grow exceedingly well. Their phone support is sadly, pretty non-existent.

I got information from a local nursery on how to winter over my gojis. I first cut my plants down in the late fall to about 12 inches or a little less. Then I took 5 gallon buckets and cut out the bottom, set them over the plants and pushed them down into the dirt a bit, them absolutely stuffed them clear brim full of clean straw. Then, I took heavy plastic sheeting and cut large squares out of it, took large zip ties and fastened the plastic over the tops of the buckets, fastening it around the outside of the buckets with the zip ties.

I actually had to fasten 2 ties together to get around the bucket. Make the plastic squares large enough to reach the ground around the bucket and heap up more straw around that. My plants made it through my winter just fine. We have a lot of snow and some time in Dec and Jan when it gets a ways below zero. It works great, but now that they are taller, I’m wondering what to do this winter!

Any suggestions? I don’t want to cut them back like that every year, unless it won’t hurt to do that. I have planted mine in my regular vegetable garden. My garden frys in the summer and so I keep straw around the bottoms to help hold in the water. They do fine. Any help on the wintering question would be greatly appreciated. Thanks…

Gregory L. Wilmes September 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm

I am thinking of protecting my goji berries by making an enclosure out of bales of hay. I am in Minnesota (zone 4) and am just worried about the very cold days in January and February.

Pamela October 28, 2009 at 12:44 am

I have started my goji berries inside in a hydroponic set up. They should be ready for planting in the spring. They are doing very well and have missed the period we experienced before when they were planted directly in soil. Using the soil method they got very spindly about 2 weeks after sprouting and fell over, needing support and much tlc to get them going. In the hydroponic set up they are doing much better but this time the germination rate was about 50% compared to the 100% germination experienced in the soil growing. My question is this, has anyone tried to grow them in a 4a to 4b growing zone. It will get down to 35 below in the winter sometimes but 20 below is common. Also any idea as to the length of the growing season needed in order to get mature berries?

jean eady May 2, 2010 at 2:15 pm

My goji berries are now in their third year and have never fruited… can anyone tell me why, please?

Patricia Johnston May 15, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I have had 3 gogi berry plants and they are all in their third year and I have never seen sign of fruit. There are plenty of leaves and sprawling branches. I have now placed them in fresh soil and placed them in my greenhouse. I am also feeding them with watered down chicken manure. They look very healthy but can anyone tell me why I have no fruit.

Patricia
Scotland

ryan June 24, 2010 at 10:16 am

I’ve heard that to get good berry production you need to plant 2 different species of goji berries together. This may be why some of you are not getting many or any berries. I’ve just started growing these myself. They also grow in the Himalayas so they obviously don’t need winter protection but may need long chill hours? A mulching would probably be fine and is always beneficial to plants as long as it’s not mucky, wet, green fresh grass with a bunch of weed seeds ;)

Dave Grammer July 4, 2010 at 7:49 pm

this is to Kim Johanson, to answer if your goji will grow in south Cal. all of california, I live here too. I have 100 plants in Riverside, Ca and a few in Norco. your first year with the plant you may get a few berries and there going to be a little sour the next year there is going to be a bunch more ,. my year olds I started some by seeds and Ive got trimmings from someones five year old trees and now I clone my five year olds in my green house and with the five year olds they hit summer and they sky rocket, I must have 1000 berries on each plant. I found that using miracle grow about every other month, I dont like using that, I also use oraganic seaweed either dryed or in liquid, you can get it at local nursuries, I use that once a month, I also prepare all my seeds in the seaweed and water mix. I also found that if you make a well around the tree or vine, where water wont get to the stems. Another thing I found that goji’s do is that suckers grow from the roots, Stop them from growing the suck the life out of the main plant. But I do ripped them out carefully and put root grow on them and throw them in the green house, and start them, I haven’t got them to flower yet, Its only been a few months since I took them out of the green house where they can live on the own and there about 2 feet high now so I’ll see how they will do. another thing I do, I rase fish so when they die I put them in the ground next to the plants, the fish is really good for any plants. and for the people who have there plants for three years and your not getting any berried, are they flowering at all. I got flowers and a few berries from a few of my plants and some none, Try the seaweed its a high boost fertilizer, I had aphid problems and got patunias and lady bugs and that stopped that. Now I have a green worm thats eating my leaves. So when I figure out how to stop that with out poison I’ll pass it on too.

Peace
Dave
PS this was written in Grammer Not Grammar

Dave Grammer July 4, 2010 at 8:28 pm

as I read at the top of the page I dont live in a cold climate, we get down to 20 degrees for a week at most and NO snow, so to answer your cold weather questions would be hard for me to answer, But as I understand they can go to minus 20 to 100 degrees, I know a guy who grows them out doors in North Dekota, and there are a few big plants growing in the wild in Utah the chinese brought them over when they were building the railroad and there growing great, but in cold climates you can build a cold box which you can use pvc and make it square and put clear plastic, the kind they use for green houses over it all the way to the ground so its sealed to protect it from the cold.

and for someone that said that there berried are small alot of my berries are smill about a quarter inch and on the second wave, Im getting large ones about three quarters of an inch and 1/2 inch wide, Give them time. you just need to read about them and try different things and you will find whats best for yours
and someone above said they were using chicken crap you have to watch it because chicken crap can burn the plants real high in Nitrigen but it works too
but now Im going to make my first batch of goji jelly, and mixed berry, ” blue berry and goji berry jelly, and bbq sauce made with goji and then goji berry and blue berry pie
oh so enless, Now if I can stop picking them and eating them as I drink my coffee and and stare at them.’
I hope that this helped most of you out and that you get a great crop for them

Peace

Dave

this was written in Grammer, Not Grammar

Ryan July 6, 2010 at 12:53 am

I was wondering, I purchased some goji berries (from China) off Ebay and have noticed I get gas and diarrhea…has anyone else gotten that or purchased gojis directly from Asia and had that problem? Also, is there a trick to growing them from seed, I’m having a hard time getting any to grow, do they have to be completely removed and cleaned from the dried berries or will just opening up the berries work (that’s what I’ve done since they’re so tiny without luck). Thanks

Dave Grammer July 6, 2010 at 9:42 pm

havent had a problem with Goji’s coming out of asia and or China. all my starters came from China, Hawaii, and some from Southern California, The guy I got plants from got them from Japan. and there great. 2nd question, I grew aprox 50 plants from seed, I cut the seed pod open to get as many seeds out that I can and the ones that stay in I planted those seeds and berry at same time and if they grom 2 or more plants I thin them out and put them in jiffy pots with good potting soil, and put them in to a green house, I got a small green house from Julian, its around 50.00 dollars Not bad price.
I also take the seeds and put them in a jiffy grow pots about 1/2″ down put them in the jiffy grow pack that works like a green house for a whole 2.99, great thing and after they get about 2” high I shove those into the green house and when roots come thru I put them in to pots in a semi shaded area in warm weather, Not hot and Not cold weather and water them about 2 or 3 times a day depending on the weather, Young plant will cook in heat you need to baby them tell there about 6 -8” high and then start getting them in more sun. If they show any sign of shock move them back into the green house,Julian also calls it a cold storage, But it works like a green house, you want to keep the green house moist whether spraying it with a water bottle and spay the plants that are either starting to grow and or put a towel on top and keep it wet so you keep humidity in the green house. another thing you can do it take trimmings from your plant and dip it in root hormones and grow them that way too. and yes in the green house, works great, I have 5 plus year old plants and I clone them thru the green house and you get new starters that are 5 year old plants and they’ll take off in spring and they will berry like a five year old plant

Now you said that the plant you got from asia is making you sick, stop eathing them, they cant be goji berries, just something that looks like them and that’s why there making you sick, If you want to make sure its the plant stop eather them and wait 2 weeks and then try it again if they make you sick again you got ripped off and there not goji’s. Hope this helps

Peace
Dave

Faye January 1, 2011 at 9:29 am

I bought some seed pods and have gotten the seeds out and planted in soil (from two of the three seed pods). I have found that they are very hard to get to grow. Out os 64 seeds I have about 12 plants growing well. I am using a grow light which I found out that it is much cheaper than buying a normal flouresent light. I live in zone 7 (NC) and am very excited about transplanting whatever plants survive in May which will be six months from when I started. Keep writing comments because people like me are soaking these comments up like a sponge!

Faye in NC

Dave Grammer January 5, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Faye its a hit and miss thing, sometimes you get a bunch and sometimes you dont, Keep them protected tell, Like you said May or when it gets warm because there hardy but not really, You just dont know, I have some that the cats broke the branch off and I stuck it in the ground and they are growing, And we’re having a bad winter, Bad is in the 30′s to us and there growing which I am amazed and I had some that just died. So like I said Hardy and kind of not, Also with seeds its going to take a few years to get a good harvest. They are some guys in New York that sell live plants and one In Idaho, and a few in Diamond Bar, and Fallbrook Ca. that sell both live plants and or seeds and you can find them on E bay I bought from all of them and really liked the guys plants in Diamond bar, Ca and I got seeds from a guy in New York that were great seeds, I dont know if we’re suppose to share info on these guys here or not so I wont list them But they’re not hard to find on E bay either, I dont know these guys personally but I did get a lot off good plants from them and and I had to many and was giving them away. Everyone please keep writing here so we can get what ever info that you can share with all of us. Im sure theres things that I haven’t had to deal with yet and you may have.

thanks
Dave

Julie January 23, 2011 at 5:01 am

I have quite a lot of goji berry plants in SA which are thriving, but i can’t quite get sufficient info on pruning them… how and so on. They are all between 60 and 90 cm high and about 6 to 8 months old. one of them i have already pruned but i’m only experimenting with it. Please, any advice would be GREATLY appreciated. they’re growing in pots still. I just dont know what to prune off them!!!

Glen April 28, 2011 at 11:01 pm

I have a goji plant which I bought last year. It’s now around four feet tall and is growing like crazy in a pot on my rooftop. Lots of flowers – even last year when it was tiny – but no fruit form from them. The flowers just die off leaving nothing behind. Living in Hong Kong (zone 9-10, hot and very humid). Any advice?

Dave Grammer May 4, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Glen
I kind of going thru the same thing, We had some weird weather we went from cold to hat where my plants started shooting up and flowers were starting and then back to cold and 2 weeks of that then back up again and then down to cold again and now extreem heat 103 degrees , I have 50 plants I yield about 20000 berries by may and then I get about another 20000 berries before the season ends but with the weather ups and downs, I got maybe 200 berries on three plants and Im waiting to see if the flowers are going to preduce anymore, I got flowers and then the die off and i can only blame it on the weather because I get a lot of berries normally, So im waiting to see also
also. I dont know if the self pollinating or if you need 2 plants to cross pollinate so that might be something to look at. here I watch the bees and hummingbirds jump from flower to flower. But it goes back to Have 50 plants so thats not my problem, And for heat our summers range from 105 to 115 degrees and the only thing I put a sun shade over the top of the plants so they still get sun just not direct and give them plenty of water during the hot days. Thats the best I can give you;. Let this site know please to let us know what you find out It will help us all

KRisty May 13, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Thanks for all the amazing information! I have some new plants from seed about 3 months old. They haven’t grown much, so seeing all this information is very helpful, I think I am probably giving them too much sun. I am also growing them in NC.

Julie May 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm

My goji plants here in SA seem to be going yellow as winter is settling in. Not sure if they naturally die down, or not. Its the first time i’m doing this. So if anybody has anything to say, please do. I just dosed them with a good lot of fertilizer (guano / sea bird dropping liquid) and some seem to be picking up and going nice and green again and sending out new leaves but the plant that fruited this year just wont come right. I’m growing the plants in big black growing bags. Today I planted one out into the ground, hoping it will boost up and yield next year. If anybody has and ideas please let me know. Also in the past few weeks I have noticed a white powdery mildew on the leaves. I dont know what to do!!! I prefer not to use chemicals.

J Rose
SA

Barb Keeler May 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Julie, if this is your winter season, your goji plants will go dormant. One good rule of thumb, though… if your plant is yellowing, do not feed; if it’s going dormant, the fertilizer may induce late season growth (sudden lush greening as you describe) that will send the plant into dormancy in a weakened and vulnerable state. If it’s going yellow due to impending death, that’s just a waste. Over feeding in any case is hard on plants, so be judicious in your use of any type of fertilizers.

Powdery mildew is generally caused by stress. Those stresses can be anything; the plant may not be suited to your area, the watering has been irregular, too hot, that they’re fading due to seasonal adjustments, if you’re overwintering them indoors in dry air… many causes. DON’T fertilize stressed plants!

Putting the one in the ground may reward you in spring. Be sure that during winter dormancy those in the bags do not get too wet or yet too dry.
Good luck,
Peace in the Garden,
Barb K.

Eric May 18, 2011 at 9:32 am

Hello: I have a few Goji Berry plants that are about 3 to 4 feet tall. I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, so we get cold winters.
Right now they are indoors.
My question is, am I able to transplant them outdoors?
If so, is there anything i need to do to protect them from the winter elements?
I am really LOST as what to do.

Thank you so much for your help!

Dave Grammer May 20, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I cant answer that one, I live in a place where winter lasts maybe a month and maybe 20 degrees for a few days other that that 40 at night and 60 during the day, but at 20 degrees I didnt have any problems. I hear people that have them in Idaho and New york that there arent having any problems, I read that they can go down to minus 20 and to about 105 degrees, I had problems when we started hitting 116 degrees and I had to put a shade cover over them and keep them wet. Alls I can say is try one or two and see what happens but try to protect it from high cold winds or heavy snow and see what happens, And share the info here so we can all learn from it. I hate to see you lose a plant but. One day im going to move back east and I find out first hand but this is the best I can tell you. good luck and hopefully some one else has some advice for you

bren May 22, 2011 at 6:43 am

Please can you tell me if I need two different species of the plant in order for it to produce berries??

Pam May 23, 2011 at 1:31 am

Eric, I just went through the first winter of leaving my plants outside. I live in Soldotna Alaska and these are 2 and 3 year old plants. They were still potted but here the ground freezes to 8 feet and we frequently see temperatures to -20 and lower. I left out 36 plants and I am happy to say that I had 100% survival rate. This year I have 75 more plants started and will plant these in the ground as soon as the weather allows most likely after the June 1. What I am waiting for now is to see if we have a long enough growing season to allow them to flower and produce berries. I will let you know how well that goes.

Dave Grammer May 24, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Bren, I believe there self pollinating the only reason I believe so is a friend of mine took one plant to his house and they planted in the ground and it got berries on it. I think with the bees, wasps and hummingbirds going from flower to flower they seem to help out. I think my next step is getting a bee hive and getting Goji honey

Jan S July 11, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I just started some seedlings. I live in the Mojave Desert Area. They do need alot of water starting out. My last ones germinated and then died. This time I am micro-babysitting them, they get sprayed almost every hour to ensure they dont dry out. (The temp. has been in the 100s and humid for about 3 weeks. Thankfully I dont have a job so I have time to watch them grow. I too would love to get bees, but I live in a small place so I dont have more than 50ft from my house to the hive. (I read that somewhere online)

I would like to be one of the first to place an order for Goji Honey!

Lana July 25, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Goji berries are self pollinating.

Dave Grammer July 28, 2011 at 5:28 pm

thank you Lana

I wasnt sure, Between the Hummingbirds and the bees. I figured if they wern’t well they were doing a great job becasue my berries are jamming.

Dave Grammer

Julie July 29, 2011 at 8:25 am

Hey guys

Its mid winter in South Africa, and my goji plants let out buds and leaves, as well as little flower buds. The plant leaves are still very small though!!! I dont know what I should do. This is their first winter and they’re approx 1.5m tall and 1m wide (branches).
Im panicking!!!

Anybody got any ideas?

Julie

Dave Grammer July 31, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Whats your winter like now, It sounds like a warm winter, Mine were doing that too. We had off and on winter and my plants would start getting buds, little leaves and small buds with flowers and then we went cold again. it did this about four times and I didnt know what to do either so I rode it out. Out of this as srpring finally hit and my plants were still confused, My outcome was thinner leaves this season and not as many berries for Jams and such but a lot of good marinade, so it might be weather related like california is going through right now, But I really hope that next year is better I need jam to bribe people for other plant related things. just ride it out and see what happens their pretty hardy plants

Julie August 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Yes! it is unusually warm this winter. There are more sunny days than rainy days. Thank you for the advice…
Do you suggest I feed the plants already or only start feeding them in spring?

Thanks again!

Dave Grammer August 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I feed mine just before they start going to leaves and after the leaves are full and then during flowering and again after the first harvest of berries and about every month tell they start losing there leaves for there winter rest and the following year I start over, I use seaweed extract I dont want any man made crap on my plants

Julie August 7, 2011 at 10:49 am

hahahahaha i like that, man made crap… yeah i use sea bird poop, liquid… will try seaweed extract though. thanks a lot :)

Mehlin September 8, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Hi Everyone,
I have been coming here and reading all these informational post. I live in Riverside Calif and have been growing goji’s from seeds and cloning from larger plants since March. I have purchased products from Amazon, Ebay and some private sellers. So, I have quit a lot of them but I am at a new stage. I have some plants that are around 36″ tall with a single trunk. Should I top it off now, or wait until it gets taller? What age do you think is a good time to sell them? I have purchased some that had the leaves on them and some with bare-root. Is one better then the other?
Jason, The seeds I purchased from you germinated perfectly and are growing great. Dave, do you think I can keep on growing them from seeds through the winter here? I appreciate any help and thank you ahead of time.

Dave September 11, 2011 at 10:37 am

Mehlin,
why top them let them grow. and it you going to sell them people buy small and medium plants. and the seeds going during winter Riverside has swinging weather during the winter we dont know it its going to be a nice winter or a cold winter, Right, If I grow from seed during the winter I grow in a green house so I can control the weather in it. I just clone them from a mature plant so it has berries that spring. I have 2 different kind of plants 1 is bitter but throws out thousands of berries good for jellies and speads, BBQ sauce and cooking and 1 cat that’s been eating them since it was four weeks old, then my others are great eating berries they taste like tomato plums, I think that’s the best way to understand the flavor. and if you think about it seeds take 2 years to start thowing berries and by cloning you get berries the following year and if you sell them I think that people would come back to you if it has flowers and berries when spring happens. hope this helped anymore Questions post again

Mehlin September 11, 2011 at 11:40 am

Dave,
Thanks for getting back to me. I think you’re right about topping them off. I will wait until they get about 5-6′ tall to do that. I want them to a canopy. Is that how you pruned yours?
Where in Riverside do you reside at? We live in Woodcrest area. We have a natural pond that I use the soil and h20 for gardening for. I think these last batch of seeds that are just getting their 3rd and 4th leaves on, will be the last seeds I will deal with, until spring.
I would love to have lots of clones but I just have 3 plants that are over 4′ tall. I already took clippings from them and the new growths have flowers on them. So I don’t think I should cut them.
So, you think I should wait to sell the plants that are only 6 months old till they are 2 years old? How about the clones, some are around 1′ tall? When you say small to medium size, how many inches are we talking about? Sorry to be bugging you but you seem to have successfully grown the plants. And I am new at this but seem to have a green thumb. By spring I want to have around 2000 plants. Alot huh? I need to supplement our income so I thought this might be a good way. I sell books online, so I figure I could do the goji.
Thank you for the great advise. If you have anymore, I would be most grateful.

Julie September 19, 2011 at 2:36 pm

GUYS! and gals…

my goji plants… they’re between 1 and 2.5 m tall, and 2 years old, they’ve let out leaves and even flower buds after losing them (hibernating) for the first time this winter, but the leaves are kinda yellowish. I feed them with a trace mineral plant food, (trelmix) and guano sometimes but instead of getting healthier(greener), aphids move in!!! So I sprayed them with rock phosphate and calcitic lime, which i use on all my plants when i see aphids, but my problem is still not solved, the leaves are still yellowish.

And one other thing, literally every 3 or 4 days, the plants send out new shoots, everywhere, at the base and at the top! I keep snapping them off to prevent the plant growing out of control, just wanted to know if this is okay or not, or what!…?

Julie
(South Africa)

Dave September 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Mehlin,
2000 plants , ya alot
seeds are going to take 2 years to even produce berries and I know that everyone waits for that first berry, people are selling there plants at different stages and thats up to you, I understand your cloning, I clone mine and then I feel like whoops I think I did to much on that plant.
But if you want to get people to keep coming back to buying plants from you its better to have plants that are going to flower and throw berries in there first summer of having there plants. If people have to wait then there going to wonder if these are true Goji berries or not, Just my view.
I dont top my plants , I just let them grow my biggest is only about 5 feet tall , But there growing like tomato plants where ever they want to go.
a good time to sell you plants is after you clone them and there about to go outside and start growing on there own is a good time to sell them whether there 8 in. or 15 inches thats up to you but you want your plants to survive the outdoors.
Im always around if you have more question, but Ive been on the midnight shift and sleep time is when ever I can get it.
I live over by thy tyler mall
I like the woodcrest area, But I love Norco just not the prices of the house there so im undecided if I want to go buy a house out there, I really dont want another 30 years of house payments

Dave September 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Julie
any chance your over watering them, also if your leaves are turning yellow during spring or summer theres a problem, I have no idea what you weather is like now so this is a shot in the dark , cut your watering back, they like to dry out between watering ,stop feeding them if the plants sick feeding it wont help or it may be the cause. Try just watering them but let them dry out in between. do you have access to patunias, I buy a flat and put there under my plants, I also buy lady beattles, Aka lady bugs and or praying mantises to fight aphids. Each one of these or all of them work great and there cheap and eat them aphids right up. and since I eat these and have control on what goes in my mouth id rather use what will benefit everone. fist stop feeding them and cut you watering back. Let me or use on this site how that goes so we all can find out if that works or what will be the next step.
please let us know what the outcome is

Dave Grammer

Julie September 22, 2011 at 6:33 am

Hi Dave,

Thanks alot. Maybe it is the watering, im just scared they’ll go too dry cus as it is they often look a little bit wilted when i dont water them. Dont want the mini berries to dry and fall off. The weather is getting warmer and warmer here, and in mid summer it gets up to 38 degrees. But it’s still quite cold in the mornings and at night.

The plants are still in 50L black plastic bags. Do you suggest I plant them out already or I wait till next winter…? *worriedface*

Thanks again

J Rose

Dave Grammer September 22, 2011 at 7:11 pm

if its spring or summer there put them in the ground. 38 degress is your weather right now??
or 38 C. now, if your plants wilting there they really need water,But dont ferilize them tell they start getting green leaves and not yellow
theres a lot of thing it cold be and maybe root bound in the plastic bags. Im only guessing because I cant see them. so if there in the bag put them in the ground, let them grow.
I dont plant any my plants in the ground during the with because our weather can change in a minute but most of our winters are t- shirt weather but I still wait for spring, I just keep the clones in the green house tell spring. Goji’s are a very harding plant and hard to kill, I here the plants are rated to – 20 to 105 degrees, I think the lowest that we got was about 19 degrees and the hostest was 120 degrees , when the temp got to 115 the plants were stress and I threw a cover over them and the survived. Let us know and we’re all still here to answer any other questions.

Julie September 25, 2011 at 3:25 am

Hi there Dave,

38 C, but no its still quite cool now, the heat is yet to come.
Thanks hey, its a stunning sunny sunday morning and I think i’m gonna kick off my shoes and go plant them!

Thanks alot

J Rose

Dave Grammer September 25, 2011 at 2:42 pm

you enjoy your planting and let us know how there coming along

Nina Meister October 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Hi Dave,
I purchased my goji plant in late July and at the advice of the store owner, planted it in the ground soon after. It has grown a lot and in late September has a few blossoms and 5 berries, which I ate…Yum. Winter is coming soon here in Buffalo and from reading all the comments I think I just need to bundle it up with straw/mulch and maybe some chicken wire around to keep the bunnies back. This sound good to you?

Dave Grammer October 7, 2011 at 9:51 am

Sounds good to me,
I have friends that have plants outside in North Dakota and theres survive every year, And Yes what ever you can do to protect them from animals, I cant think out one that wont eat them, I have a cat that I feed berries too, and now she pulls them off to eat them.
If you got 5 berries this year you going to get a bunch more next year
It seems that the faster you get them in the ground the more they grow, the better and the heathier, feed them right and they’ll keep going.
Im starting to freeze the berries to first see how long they will last and 2 nd because I put them in my pet feed and third I need 5 lbs for goji wine.
Let us know how they pull through the winter Buffalo gets cold and a lot of snow.
something else I’ve noticed during the spring growth they start throwing off a bunch of new branches and alot of the last years branches get leaves and new branches but some die off and those are the ones that I cut off for the new growth, This has been going on for 5 or 6 years on my plants so expect it to happen.

R K Singh October 18, 2011 at 5:48 am

I live at Ranchi in India. A few months back I got interested in growing Goji Berry from seeds. My new seedlings nearly 20 in numbers are 2 inch tall with 8/9 leaves. I want to know if it requires fertilizer like Epsom salt or single super phosphate or urea.
Should I take them to soil?

Dave Grammer October 21, 2011 at 3:32 pm

R.K.Singh

counld’nt tell you about the 2 fertilizers that your talking about so cant help you there. But if your plants are 2 inches tall and you got spring and summer ahead of you them you can plant them in the ground, But if winter is around the corner like us in the U.S.A. I wouldn’t but if you put them in the ground protect them because every animal will try to eat the.
on mine I wait in tell their around 4 to 6 inches tall before I put them in the ground.and my 2 or 3 inch plants I have to leave them in the green house tell spring because a 3 inch plant and our winter caming the plants will go dorment and I dont think it will survive. Bu.
fertilizing wouldn’t hurt them as long as the nitrate isn’t real high. Goodluck and let us know how there growing so we can share what to do and what not to do.
Dave Grammer

R K Singh October 22, 2011 at 9:59 am

Hi Dave,
Thanks for reply. My Goji plants have 9/1o leaves and nearly 2″ long. I have planted them individually in 4″ pots. In India temperature rarely goes below 10 degree centigrade. I have kept them in my crudely built green house. Epsom salt is Magnesium Sulphate which supplies magnesium and Sulpher. nitrate based fertiliser are not common here.
R K Singh

ryan October 23, 2011 at 12:21 am

Urine is urea and provides nitrogen and I believe phosphorus so you could use that or even ammonia to add nitrogen since you have a hard time finding nitrate fertilizer in India; just make sure you dilute both, especially ammonia.

Dave Grammer October 23, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Ryan
had no clue but nice to know that.Learn something new everyday

Thanks
Dave Grammer

Askur November 4, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Hi

I live in Iceland, put some seeds down in June and now 6 month later all my plants are in bloom.
I have had my plants just inside, but now is winter and not much sunlight.
I do not expect berrys, that would be bonus, but should I take the flowers away like someone was talking about and what about the bloomingtime, there is a winter now.
My plan was putt them outside next spring ?

Takk
Askur

Dave Grammer November 17, 2011 at 6:43 pm

I’d wait tell its warm again like spring , if your plants are strong let them flower you wont get many berries and they might taste like plant but if there growing indoors good let them do there thing and wait tell its spring and put them out

Hope this helped

Dave Grammer

charlie November 19, 2011 at 4:56 pm

should i cut off all the suckers & have only 1 main stem. my plants are 2 yrs old & appx 3′ tall.
Thank you,
charlie

Dave Grammer November 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm

if there suckers growing from the roots, in the ground, Yes they rob the plant and make the main plant weak, I let the suckers get about 6 to 8 ” tall and then I pull them out of the wet dirt and add root hormone and shove them in a pot and grow another plant. I have some plants that are a single trunk and some the multi trunk, you just dont know. I also have single trunk plants that are 5 years old and are only 5 feet tall. But it puts out a lot of great berries

Sorry it took so long to get back, Nothings foing to get me away from hunting season.

Dave

john December 9, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Hi,

This is John from Vancouver, BC. I have been searching around for the Goji Berry plants and finally found 2 saplings in a nursery. We bought them over a month ago but didn’t transplant them into the ground. I am going to transplant them this weekend. The temperature in Vancouver rarely goes below -5 deg C but this year there is talk of cold temperatures.
Any tips in protecting the plants with?

Thanks,
John

Dave Grammer December 26, 2011 at 7:01 pm

I really cant help you in cold parts in the world because our winter is about a month long. alls I can say is give it a try and keep snow off it if you can. I have about 10 plants out in the cold and im talking cold as 40 to 45 degress there about 4 inches tall so I want to see whats going to happen this spring and see if there going to come out of it. So really I have no answer for you.
Maybe someone here can answer you

thanks
Dave Grammer

David August 10, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Goji berry grows here in Winnipeg. I am sure it will grow in Vancouver. I use 1/4″ wire mesh to protect the lower trunk from rabbits and mice in winter. Plants grown from cuttings will immediately bloom and bear fruits. I also grow them from seeds to develop new strain.

Jo Ann Schoen September 14, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I live in Wyoming and planted a goji in June 2012 in the berry patch. It has grown to about 24 ” high has 7 stems and has about 15-20 berrys on each stem. We are about to start into winter, which can get 20 or so below 0. I am going to wrap around my plant so the wind can’t blow it over and leave the south side open for sun. I am very excited to see if it survives the winter.

1.21 Jigawatts October 13, 2012 at 9:42 am

I grew some in six gallon food safe paint buckets converted to planters (so toxic chems would not leach out for the plant to absorb). Started them indoors last March but they got a fungus with white fuzz that grows on the soil and wilted the leaves and stems. So I sprayed and treated the soil with colloidal silver in the water and gave them a new home in the bright sun early May where the ultraviolet could help kill the fungus. All plants appeared to have died after that but it wasn’t long before new emerald green growth sprung up and after one season they are between three and four feet tall. I just researched this post to find out how best to winter the potted plants. Gojis planted in the earth grow deep roots where the temps are warmer than on the surface so they probably need just a mulch (thats why I used the deeper paint buckets). But for pots above the earth, I think everything below the stem will need some kind of isolation from the elements while still allowing the natural moisture that the snow will provide to reach the roots through the surface. I plan to mulch the three inch space to the top, then wrapping the sides of the pots with thick newspapers and cover everything form the edges of the pot to the ground with plastic (so moisture can still drain out the bottom) on warmer days, and place them in a maximally sunny (Michigan) location. Due to space restrictions, I have no choice but to leave them outdoors this winter. I had no rabbit problems probably due to the height of the paint buckets. Small wonder animals like the leaves. I have read out that they are even more nutritionally dense than the berries themselves.

Wayne Danylchuk July 14, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Hi. I just start growing GOJI plants from seeds this late spring. The plants seem to be doing well and are about 5″ tall. Not much sun on the deck. However, since I live in Saskatchewan (Canada), how can I protect them over the winter months? Should I transplant them and bring them inside?

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