Goji Berry Bush - Lycium barbarum - 3L 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.
- Arrives as: 3l Pot Shrub
- Approx height on arrival: 45-60cm
- 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
- 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.
These will tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, but prefer well-drained conditions. A pH of 6.0 - 7.5 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.
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.