Goji berry Bush | 9cm Pot

Code: TR0552
Goji berry Bush | 9cm Pot
Goji berry / Lycium barbarum 9cm Pot
Goji is a sprawling shrub with long, flexible canes and clusters of small, grey-green leaves. Fantastic royal purple flowers appear in late spring/early summer along the length of the canes. They give way to a host of juicy, bright fruits that resemble tiny red peppers. They grow sweeter as they mature on the plant. Although they sound rather exotic, Goji plants actually very easy to grow, pretty hardy and continue to flower and produce fruit through the first heavy frost providing a great late crop.

You have probably seen their fruit in most health stores recently with their health benefits gaining a lot of press. Originally, the Chinese used their bark and roots to make medicine, and there have been claims that the berries can be beneficial in the treatment of diabetes, high blood pressure and relieving colds. It is most commonly sold as an all round health food with the benefits above, antioxidant properties and as a weight loss aid.

The fruits can be eaten raw, and are a sweet flavour with a slightly chewy consistency. Equally they can be used in a number of recipes including pies and even salsa. They are a popular dried fruit, often added to cereal or to smoothies.

Characteristics
  • Arrives as: 9cm Pot Shrub
  • Approx height on arrival: 15-20cm
  • Shrub is approx. 2 years old
  • Fruit: Red berries
  • Flower Colour: Royal purple
  • Foliage Colour: Green
  • Approx. Growth Height: 1.2-1.5m
  • Approx Spread: 1-1.5m
  • Flowering Period: Spring
  • Harvesting Period: August/ September
  • Tolerance: Frost tolerant, fairly drought tolerant once established
  • Growing Habit: Bushy
  • Self pollinating: Yes
  • Uses: Eating fresh, cooking, jams/preserves, smoothies/drinks, dried fruit
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Rate of Growth: max. Height in 2-5 years
  • Scented: No
  • Wildlife friendly - Attracts bees and other pollinating insects, provides food for birds

Optional Extras
  • 60g Empathy rootgrow™ Mycorrhizal Fungi
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  • 1L Grow Your Own Liquid Seaweed Fertiliser by Empathy™
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  • Full Tree Planting Kit - Empathy™ Rootgrow, Afterplant and Tree Stake & Tie
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Selected items will be included with your purchase

Requirements

  • Light Requirements: Partial shade, full sun
  • Soil Requirements: Acid, alkaline, neutral, clay, loamy, sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
  • Moisture: Moist but well-drained, well-drained

Caring and Maintenance

Water during dry periods. Remove any weeds by hand and place a mulch around the plant in winter if you would like to avoid further weeds. Prune when dormant between late autumn and late winter. Aim to remove the old wood, as fruit grows on new wood.

Planting

  • Planting Distance: 1.2m

These soft fruits will tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, but prefer well-drained conditions. A pH of 4.0 - 6.0 is ideal. They prefer full sun, but will also grow in partial shade.
Dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball. Ideally, mulch with compost or rotted manure. Firm the bush in well before watering.

Can be planted at any time of the year, as it is a containerised plant.

Fruit Benefits

These fruits should be eaten or frozen within a few days of harvest. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves to bring great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Freshly picked fruit will bring your desserts to life with a flavour that simply can't be matched by mass produced, shop bought fruit. When planning your garden, try to choose varieties with fruits that ripen from early summer to late autumn to ensure a constant supply of fresh fruits throughout the warmer months.

 
Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 4.7/5 (7 reviews)

Rating: 5/5

"Small healthy plant I have put it in a pot and it looks pretty. Came with care guidance."

Reviewed Friday, 27 April 2018

Rating: 5/5

"Received product in good time,packaged well"

Reviewed Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Rating: 5/5

"Arrive promptly and in good condition. Would recommend."

Reviewed Friday, 16 February 2018

Rating: 4/5

"A bit smaller than anticipated but looks healthy"

Reviewed Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Rating: 5/5

"Healthy plants and as described"

Reviewed Thursday, 26 October 2017

Rating: 5/5

"Good purchse just hope the shrub will survive"

Reviewed Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Rating: 4/5

"Good"

Reviewed Friday, 24 March 2017

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