Goji Berry plants are easy to grow and maintain.
Height: approx 8 feet tall full grown
Light: full sun is best unless you live in a very hot climate (over 100 degrees) in which case partial shade will be okay.
Blooms: lavender, June-September
Spacing: 6 feet (one source says 2 feet)
Genus species: Lycium barbarum
Zones: 3-7 They are very tolerant to heat and cold, and do well in most of the US and Canada.
Soil type: any type will work well as long as there is good drainage. Goji will not do well in soggy conditions.
Ph of soil: 6.8 – 8.1
Container: Can be grown in a container or in the ground. Use at minimum a 5 gallon container with drainage holes. Give it 1-2 inches of water every week until it is established. Once established, goji is very drought resistant.
Pruning (optional but recommended): Vines can reach 10 feet wide. You can train it like a grape vine on a trellis or let it grow as a hedge. After the first year you can prune it if you wish. To prune, pick a shoot to be the main shoot and prune any lateral shoots below it about 15 inches from the ground. In the summer (once it is 2 feet tall) pinch out the growing tips to cause side branching where the new fruit will grow. Prune unproductive branches and thin out branches after the berry season.
Fruit: August – October. The goji will flower and produce fruit throughout the summer until the first frost. In early summer the berries will turn red and a few weeks later they will be ripe and be ready to eat, they can be easily picked by hand. Once the growing season ends, the plant will lose its leaves and go dormant until springtime. Berries can be preserved by drying them in full sun or with a food dehydrator.
Pests: Goji is very resistant to insects and disease, however animals LOVE goji. Cages or netting can be used to protect your berries until you harvest.