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All About Lifeberry® Goji berries (Lycium Barbarum)

Goji is a sprawling shrub with long, flexible canes and clusters of small, grey-green leaves. The flowers are a brilliant royal purple and they appear in late spring/early summer along the length of the canes. They give way to juicy, bright red fruits that resemble small peppers. They grow sweeter as they mature on the plant. Goji plants continue to flower and produce fruit through the first heavy frost.


Though they sound exotic and are most often found with a high price tag in health food stores, Goji berries are actually easy to grow hardy plants. If they weren’t, well, we wouldn’t have added them to the line of Proven Winners® ColorChoice flowering shrubs. We’ve got two varieties of tasty, beautiful goji berries: Sweet Lifeberry® and Big Lifeberry®. These exceptional strains were specially selected in China, where goji has been grown for centuries for its purported health-giving properties and brilliant fruit color (red symbolizes joy in Chinese culture). Sweet Lifeberry and Big Lifeberry goji have been a hit in Europe and we are pleased to finally offer them to North American gardeners.

Description: Goji is a sprawling shrub with long, flexible canes and clusters of small, grey-green leaves. The flowers are a brilliant royal purple and they appear in late spring/early summer along the length of the canes. They give way to juicy, bright red fruits that resemble small peppers. They grow sweeter as they mature on the plant. Goji plants continue to flower and produce fruit through the first heavy frost.

How to grow

Zone: hardy to USDA zone 5; heat tolerant to AHS zone 9

Exposure: Full sun is best, but tolerates a bit of shade.

Height: 5-7’ (1.5-2.1 m)

Water: The plants tolerate some drought once established, but for best fruit set and quality, water regularly.

Soil: Any well-drained soil will do.

Staking: Goji naturally wants to sprawl and creep along the ground. To save space and to make harvesting the berries easier, you can bundle the strongest 3-5 canes around a 6-8’/1.8-2.4m tall stake (choose something sturdy, like 1”x1” wood).

Pests: Goji berry plants will not be bothered by insects or diseases, but birds, deer, and raccoons may all find the fruit as appealing as you do. If you notice damage to the fruit or plant, or have a problem with these visitors damaging other plants in your garden, use a netting or repellent, particularly once the plant begins flowering and fruiting.

Pruning: Goji does not require pruning to grow well and produce fruit. However, you may find the plant is more manageable and easier to harvest when its lateral (horizontal) branches are lightly pruned to encourage branching and the production of vigorous new growth.

Harvesting: Goji berries begin to ripen in early summer. They should be plucked off by hand when they are brilliant red and taste sweet. They come off the plant easily, without the need for pruners or a knife.

Fertilizing: For an abundant crop, apply a fertilizer formulated for flowering woody plants in early spring, just as new growth begins. Rose fertilizer is an excellent, readily available choice.


Can I grow goji berry in a container?

Yes! Goji will do great in a container. Just be sure to choose one large enough – it should be at least 18” in diameter and have a drainage hole. The container should also be weatherproof so that it can remain outside, planted with your goji, all year long. Use any regular potting soil to plant in and be sure to keep a close eye on watering, particularly during the hottest part of the summer.

When are my goji berries ready to harvest?

Goji berries turn red very quickly but will taste slightly bitter until they are fully ripe. Taste is your best indicator, but in general, the berries should spend several weeks on the vine before being harvested. It is best to harvest before the first frost, however, because cold can diminish the flavor of the fruit.

Where can I grow goji berries?

Goji berries will thrive in the majority of the US and Canada. They are hardy to USDA zone 5, with maximum low temperature around -18 degrees F/-27 degrees C; if you live in a colder climate and would like to try goji, you will get berries that summer but the plant may not come back next year. Goji is very tolerant of hot and dry climates –in fact, many of its relatives grow wild in the deserts of Arizona, Texas, and Mexico.

Do I need two gojis for pollination?

No – gojis are self-fruitful. They do not require another plant to bear fruit. 

How do I use my goji berries?

You can use your goji berries in the same way that you use those that you purchase in the store. They can be used fresh if you wish, or they can be frozen or dried. To dry gojis, harvest them and simply spread the fresh berries in a single layer on a sheet of newspaper. Keep in a cool, dry spot, out of bright light, until the berries are dry. They keep their color well and can be used as is or rehydrated with liquid, as your recipe and preferences dictate. To freeze, place in a freezer bag and lay flat until frozen. This keeps them from sticking together in large clumps. Well-sealed frozen goji berries should keep for several months and can be used straight from the freezer in your recipe.

Here are two of our favorite recipes for using your goji harvest:

Uncle Buck’s Goji Salsa

  • 8 c. Big Lifeberry gojis
  • 8 c. tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 T. black pepper
  • ¼ c. salt
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • 1 c. white vinegar
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 4 green peppers, chopped
  • 15 jalapeño pepper, minced
  • 12 oz. can tomato paste

Bring all ingredients (except tomato paste) to boil. Simmer 45 minutes. After 30 minutes, stir in tomato paste.  Yields 8 quarts.

Sweet Lifeberry® Breakfast Bars

  • ¾ c. brown sugar firmly packed
  • ¾ c. granulated sugar
  • 8 oz. low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 2  egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 2 T. vegetable oil
  • 2 T. nonfat milk
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 1½ c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. ground cinnamon
  • ½ t. salt (optional)
  • 3 c. old fashioned oats
  • 1 c. dried Sweet Lifeberry goji berries

Preheat oven to 350°F. In large bowl combine sugars, yogurt, egg whites, oil, milk and vanilla; mix well. In medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add dry ingredients to wet mix; mix well. Stir in oats and goji berries. Spread dough onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9 baking pan. Bake 28-32 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store tightly covered.

Do I need to do anything to my gojis for winter?

If you live in zone 5 or warmer, you’ve got nothing to worry about! A 2-3” thick layer of shredded bark mulch over the entire root zone of the plant is a welcome blanket to insulate against fluctuating temperatures and conserve moisture. Other than that, however, goji require no special treatment for the winter.

Do I need to prune my goji berries every year?

Your goji will grow and thrive, even if you never prune it once. However, it will be easier to harvest with some selective pruning. Simply shorten the horizontal branches by about half to two-thirds in early spring, just as the buds begin to break. Plants can withstand severe pruning, but fruiting may be minimal in the following season.

Got more goji questions? We’re here to help! Contact us anytime.

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Anonymous Wed, 05/25/2016 - 9:26am

Hi! I am in zone 5 (NE Kansas) and I planted 3 Lifeberry Gojis last fall. I would estimate that they are about 3 feet tall. They are mulched well and also trellised. Mostly full sun but do get some shade earlier in the day.
When we purchased these plants, they had several berries on them; however they have not flowered at all so far this spring. I have not specifically looked, but I don't recall seeing new canes/growth either.
Can you offer any suggestions or recommendations? Should I feed them at all? I follow only organic practices so I would not want to use any type of chemical fertilizers.
Thanks so much for your help!

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Stacey Hirvela Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:08pm

Hi Cassie - It's actually way too early for gojis to begin flowering in northeast Kansas, so I don't think you have anything to worry about. Here in Michigan, goji berry plants generally start flowering in mid-July, with harvests beginning in late August. I would expect a similar time frame for you, so a little more time will, I think, resolve the issue.

Goji plants flower and fruit best on lateral, rather than vertical, growth. For the very best results, I recommend that you stake the plant with a heavy 1x1" wood stake, bundle the canes around it, then trim the ends of the branches (take off about 5-6"). This will encourage lateral branching.

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Anonymous Mon, 05/23/2016 - 5:12am

HI. I planted a Goji Berry tree about 4 years ago in my flower garden in northern California. Sunny but part shade, well fertilized and well watered, all surrounding flowers are lush, flowering, gorgeous. Goji has not grown one inch in 4 years. It is alive, green, but still a three foot tall sapling. It did put out a thimble full of berries one year but nothing for a couple of years. It just sits there. I don't want to transplant since I understand the tap root can be very long. What can I do to stimulate some growth in this tree?

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Stacey Hirvela Tue, 05/24/2016 - 11:05am

Hi there - very strange indeed. I wouldn't hesitate about transplanting. Gojis are very tough and can easily withstand transplanting, so if you think that would work well, go for it. Goji plants dislike acid soil, so if the soil is acidic, that may be why it isn't growing much. They also grow, flower, and fruit most vigorously on lateral branches, not on the tall main branches. I recommend that you cut off about one-quarter of the plant at the top, which will encourage the lateral branching. If you'd like to send us a photo, we can give you more specific advice - just click here and select "shrubs" as the category and I'll give you an email address to send them to:

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Anonymous Fri, 05/13/2016 - 12:01pm

I live in southern Ca, I bought my plant from you guys. I planted my plant in a pot in December. It has grown to be about 4 feet tall but now the leaves are yellowing and falling off. What might be the cause of this? I measured the nitrogen content and it read to have low nitrogen? but the symptoms appear to be high nitrogen?

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Stacey Hirvela Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:14am

It could definitely be a nitrogen deficiency - gojis are heavy feeders and can be fertilized regularly with a tomato fertilizer during the growing season (stop in about early August to allow the plant to proceed toward dormancy with shorter days). Gojis also prefer alkaline soil, and most container mixes are fairly acidic. You might also try scratching a handful of lime into the soil and see if that helps.

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Anonymous Wed, 05/11/2016 - 11:04pm

I live in zone 5, and this is the third year my goji berries have been growing (bought from a local nursery). They are 20+ tall stalks- maybe 6 ft, and the foliage looks great. Last year, I had three tiny flowers. No berries. I'm hoping to have some this year! Or might this be a non-fruit bearing variety? Should I just buy some new plants?

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Stacey Hirvela Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:11am

There shouldn't be any non-fruiting varieties on the market, as goji has little ornamental value. If your plant isn't flowering or fruiting well, it may be that they aren't getting enough sun. It's also important to know that gojis primarily flower and fruit on their lateral, rather than their vertical, growth. If your plant is shooting up very high and not putting on any branches, you'll see little growth. I recommend that you bundle the canes around a study 8' tall stake so that the ends of the branches flop over in a fountain-like pattern. Then prune back the tips to allow the lateral growth to form. Do this now and you should start seeing flowers and fruit this summer.

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Anonymous Tue, 03/22/2016 - 11:51am

Live in Palm Springs Ca. just received two goji berry plants and am confused because they do not look the same as a plant
I order last year. The new ones have long slender leaves where as the original has oval leaves, are they the same thing?
Also am concerned about our heat here. The original plant, there were two, had a rough go but is starting top take off since I potted it . any advice?

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Stacey Hirvela Wed, 03/23/2016 - 2:58pm

Where did you order your plants from? Depending on where they were grown, that could account for the difference in the leaves - it may just be that they were grown in a cooler climate, or in a greenhouse, or are younger plants. Any of these can cause those differences. If you'd like to send us a photo of the plants for confirmation, please contact us here: and select "shrubs." Though they may struggle to acclimatize in your heat at first, they will settle in with time. Just keep them well-watered and try to keep them shaded during the hottest part of the day until they really start to take off.

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Anonymous Tue, 03/15/2016 - 2:01pm

I live in northern Alberta, Canada on ten acres. I have a successful 1/4 acre patch of Goji Berries. The plants thrive and are cold tolerant to -40 degree Celsius, the absolute outside range we have encounter was -54 degrees Celsius. Perhaps the largest difference, from what I can gather online, is the yield per bush. We can get anywhere from 1-3 Lbs per bush, however I have read of growers getting as much as 7 lbs per bush in more temperate climes. I would suggest a revision of the Plant Hardiness Guide.

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Stacey Hirvela Thu, 04/07/2016 - 5:39am

Thank you both so much for your input - it's great to hear first-hand experience with these plants. We try to keep our hardiness estimates pretty conservative at first so as not to disappoint cold climate gardeners, so we appreciate your report.

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Anonymous Sat, 04/02/2016 - 2:00am

I also have bright red goji berry on my Alberta zone 3 acreage. They survive quite handily to at least -40°C. I also have 2 purple honeyberry, also very hardy to Alberta conditions. There is no mistaking the plants as they are completely different plants and flavor of berries. All of my goji plants were purchased properly labelled from a reliable nursery.

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Anonymous Wed, 03/16/2016 - 2:27pm

Thank you for your comments, but just to be certain, you are growing the red fruited Goji Berry (Lycium barbarum)? The hardiness levels you mention seem much more in line with blue fruited, Honey Berry or Haskap (Lonicera caerulea).

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Anonymous Fri, 03/04/2016 - 5:04pm

I purchased 4 Goji plans from Proven Winner, they grow beautiful in my green house. When is the best time for me to plant them to ground?

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Stacey Hirvela Mon, 03/07/2016 - 3:11pm

Because the plants have been in a warm greenhouse, they will need to be introduced to the outdoors gradually. Whenever it is over 50° F during the day, put the plants in a shaded location for the day. They can finally go in the ground when the soil is workable (totally thawed, not soggy at all) and nighttime temperatures are consistently in the 40s.

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Anonymous Mon, 10/05/2015 - 7:31am

I live in an apartment and I have grown a beautiful Goji berries in a pot all summer. I want to bring it inside and keep it going through the winter.
I have read that Goji need a dormant period. Should I let it go dormant in the pot or will it do well growing indoor?
I have growing lights to give it the light they need.

Thanks for your help

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Anonymous Sun, 04/17/2016 - 6:24pm

I had phenomenal success with reestablishing my Gojis inside of a grow tent with LED lights. Seemed to love the 18 hour light cycle and the vegetative growth was explosive. I've put it outdoors in the California spring time weather and am experiencing much slower growth. There's definitely room to cultivate these super berries indoors! Methods just have to be established :)

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Stacey Hirvela Mon, 10/05/2015 - 9:35am

If you have grow lights, you might be able to grow goji indoors. However, I would not recommend it - it will be stressful on the plant and difficult to manage moisture levels. Good air circulation is also crucial to growing a plant indoors successfully, and most homes do not have such conditions. As long as goji is hardy in your area, I would recommend that you keep it on your balcony or patio through winter - it will be happier this way, and you'll have less work, too.

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Anonymous Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:07pm

I purchased two different types of gojis from Wojo's in Michigan. I live in zone 5. This is the second year that I've had them. One bears fruit a bit earlier than the other. I have some fruit that have dried directly on the vine. I don't spray any thing on them or on the lawn they are next to. Is this an acceptable means of drying the fruit for consumption?

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Stacey Hirvela Fri, 09/18/2015 - 7:08am

If the fruits are drying on the vine, this indicates that they are becoming too ripe. You need to harvest them sooner. The best way to know when to harvest one is to taste them every few days starting in mid-late August. The flesh should be slightly sweet (the seeds will still have a touch of bitterness) and the berry totally soft. You can use berries that are starting to dry on the vine and dry them more thoroughly indoors, although if they have begun to take on any black spots, you should throw them away.

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Anonymous Wed, 08/19/2015 - 5:43pm

I recently acquired 2 goji plants from my brother who recently moved to Florida. I live in the snow belt of lower northen peninsula of michigan. The plants are in their first year, and growing and flowering great. My brother had planted them in big tubs, but I would like to transplant them out in the yard. When is the best time to do this. We usually have frost through the first week of June.

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Stacey Hirvela Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:17pm

Goji berries are hardy to USDA zone 5 - you can check your zone here: As long as you live in zone 5 or warmer, it is fine to transplant your gojis in the landscape now. If you live in a colder area, I would recommend keeping them in the tubs for now and moving the tubs to a protected location, like your garage, for winter - they don't need or want a warm location, just a place with a bit of protection from the worst of winter. Then next spring, you can transplant them out as early as possible in the season. That way, they'll have all summer to grow the roots they'll need to hopefully survive your winters.

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Anonymous Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:50am

My Goji is in its second year, overwinter ed well and tripled in height through the spring, summer. It is vine and spread out. At the start of August, the leaves started to yellow and fall off. The ends seem to still be growing, flowering for the first time and fruiting. The fruit is smaller than a pea and quickly shrivel after starting to turn red. Is this plant having an early fall cycle, or is there something in the soil I need to look for? It is in the same soil where my blackberries are (which are huge!) And my kaleidoscope butterfly bush (also huge). It gets 8 hrs of sun a day and plenty of water. Thanks for your assistance.

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Stacey Hirvela Fri, 08/21/2015 - 10:46am

As for coffee and tea grounds, though they provide nitrogen eventually, they must decompose first before the nitrogen is available for the plant. It may be that their presence is actually tying up nitrogen while they decompose.

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Anonymous Thu, 08/20/2015 - 9:39pm

I am in PA, and it seems like most of my vegetables and fruits are done producing. I have side dressed them recently with coffee and tea grounds for the nitrogen.

Since it is only their second year of growth, and now late in the season, could it be that the plants are just maturing late in the season and are actually going dormant already?

I did check the flowers and fruits today. They are still very small and seem healthy, even thought the can behind them is shedding leaves like it's dormant.

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Stacey Hirvela Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:22pm

Goji berries are heavy feeders, so it may be that it needs fertilizer. We are finding that gojis perform best in most climates if fertilized much like tomato plants - however, you should cease fertilizing gojis in late July. At this point, one application of a good high nitrogen fertilizer should salvage the remaining green berries.

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Anonymous Sun, 07/19/2015 - 7:34pm


I am seeing a lot of purple flowers on my goji berry plant for a while now, but I have not detect any fruit. How long does it take from flower to a ripe fruit?

Thank you.

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Anonymous Mon, 08/03/2015 - 5:34pm

I am in the north west of the US, I planted it in March. I got flowers, but no fruit. Should I expect fruits?

What can I do if I get no fruits?


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Stacey Hirvela Tue, 07/21/2015 - 7:15am

After the flower drops off, you should see a sort of lumpy looking green berry. In about 4-6 weeks after, it will begin to turn red and become soft as it nears ripeness. Exactly how long this takes depends on weather and growing conditions, but 4-6 weeks is a pretty good estimate. If no berries are forming, the issue must be a lack of pollination.

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Anonymous Thu, 07/16/2015 - 12:52pm

I live in SE Saskatchewan, gets very cold here in winter months.
My goji berries wintered well with burlap bag wrapped around.
Temperatures dip to -40 F. Even so, I will give them better
protection next winter.

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Anonymous Wed, 07/08/2015 - 8:54am

This is my gogi plant's second season in Calgary Alberta, zone 3. In the The first season there was a fair amount of berries. In May this year there were lots of flowers. It is now July and all those flowering has not turned out berries. Instead I see dry and black stuff where the berries are supposed to be. Some of the leaves look chewed on and some branches are bare for a space of 6 to 8 inches in between leaves.

Please advise

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Stacey Hirvela Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:13am

It sounds like your flowers are not getting pollinated for some reason, but the only way to tell for sure what's going on with your plant is to see a photo of it. Would you please use our contact form ( to send us a message, selecting "Shrubs" as the category? I will reply with an email address where you can send photos.

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Anonymous Tue, 07/07/2015 - 11:31am

I purchased my plant at Wojos in Michigan. The leaves are now similar to my rose bush (dark red/purple). The leaves are not brittle and it has not flowered. Is my plant dying?

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Stacey Hirvela Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:11am

I don't think it is dying, but it sounds like it is undergoing some kind of stress: too much water, too little, perhaps? Gojis also turn purple if they are exposed to cold, so if you had sudden unseasonably cold temperatures, that could be it. Please use our contact form ( to send us a message, selecting "Shrubs" as the category, and we will respond with an e-mail address where you can send us photos, as seeing the plant is the only way to provide an accurate diagnosis.

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Anonymous Thu, 07/02/2015 - 5:33pm

I live in Canada zone 5 and i purchased a goji plant but the whole plant is yellow and some leaves are turning grey and falling off... i purchased it this way and im hoping i can bring it back it is still in its original pot should i transplant it with some fresh soil?
i leave it outside in full sun all day and water it once a day ... ive heard that yellowing leaves can mean not enough nitrogen or overwatering.
i really love goji and i want this plant to make it

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Stacey Hirvela Tue, 07/07/2015 - 7:08am

I would recommend that you plant your goji in the ground sooner than later. Do not add any type of new soil to the hole when you plant it; you can view our planting instructions here: When you plant it, you should be able to tell pretty quickly if the plant is suffering from overwatering - the soil may be very wet and you'll see soft, rotten roots. That said, gojis are very heavy feeders, so I would recommend that after planting, you apply a balanced liquid fertilizer right away. You can make another application later this month if you wish, but do not fertilize it after late July/early August or there may be issues with its ability to enter dormancy as the days get shorter.

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Anonymous Wed, 06/24/2015 - 2:29pm

I planted two goji berry plants this spring and following the advice of the nurseryman who sold it to me, planted it with the same soil amendment I used for the blue berries and blackberries. They are doing fine, but the goji bushes are not putting out new growth and the leaves are beginning to yellow. I live in USDA zone 9 and so planted them where they get morning shade in the summer time. I give them water three or four times a week, depending on how hot and dry it's been.

Now I'm beginning to wonder if I made the soil too acidic for them by using the potting mix intended for the blueberries. Is this what could be wrong with them? Our weather has hit the 80's and is staying there or higher, so I know they should be doing something, right?

Thank you!

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Stacey Hirvela Fri, 06/26/2015 - 6:58am

That may be - goji berries are not particularly finicky about soil, but a very acid soil (say, below about 5.8 or so) could be too acid for them. You might be able to keep growing them there if you apply a fertilizer that helps make up for the definiciency of certain nutrients that become "tied up" in an acid soil - I would recommend a granular organic fertilizer like Espoma Garden Tone.

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Anonymous Wed, 06/17/2015 - 11:27pm

I'm trying to grow the plant in a pot. Does the goji plant have a preferred pH for the best growth? Thanks

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Stacey Hirvela Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:38am

No, goji is very adaptable about pH. Any fresh new potting soil that you use will foster good growth.

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Anonymous Sat, 06/13/2015 - 6:11pm

I bought 2 1-gallon proven winners big lifeberry plants from HD online and the leaves are turning purple with some white specks. I also bought the sweet lifeberry plants but they haven't turned purple yet. Could you please help me trouble shoot? Thank you. Dee

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Stacey Hirvela Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:40am

Hi Dee - where are you located? Goji berry foliage tends to turn purple if it was exposed to cool conditions (for example, if the plant was grown in a warmer climate and then shipped to a cooler one to be sold). I have also seen purple color on very drought stressed plants. It's not typically a major cause for concern, but we would need to see photos to be sure. Please send us a message ( and we will give you an email address to send photos to.

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Anonymous Sat, 05/30/2015 - 2:34pm

I live 30 miles North of Houston, Texas. In March I purchased two Goji berry plants from the Harris County Master Gardener Spring plant sale. I have the plants in a 4 ft. X 10 ft. raised planter w/soil augmented w/organic matter. This planter and two others are in a completely screened in enclosure (We built a PVC frame and have rabbit wiring around bottom and bird netting around upper 1/3 of walls and "roof"........We have many deer, coons, rabbits, and cardinals and blue birds). These plants were fertilized in April w/ fruiting plant fertilizer spikes. These plants were full and lush after fertilizing. In late April we suffered a tornado but the plants seemed to be fine. We have had a very wet spring with record setting rainfall. Now most of the leaves are gone but there is evidence of many leaves beginning to bud. We have had mostly overcast sky w/ occasional sunshine.
What was the probable cause of losing leaves? Wind? Rain? Lack of sunlight?

I have been a very successful ornamental gardener for 30 years of City living. Now in the country, I seem to be suffering many new challenges in my quest to live off the land!

MeMe O.

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Stacey Hirvela Tue, 06/02/2015 - 1:55pm

I'm not sure what could have caused the leaves to drop suddenly - it's hard to say without seeing the plant and surroundings. Did they drop when they were green, or did they turn yellow or purple and then fall off? As long as it is growing new leaves, you have nothing to worry about - goji berries are extremely vigorous plants and can withstand a lot of stress, so it could be something with the tornado, or even something like over fertilizing or pesticide drift if you live in an agricultural area. If you'd like to send us a photo of the plant, please use our contact form and select "shrubs" as the category and I'll reply with my email address:

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Anonymous Tue, 05/19/2015 - 3:46pm

We bought your goji berry plants from Jung's garden center in Wisconsin. After we transferred the bare root to the ground, the leaves started to look very droopy. They have not recovered in these two days. I watered them after planting and cannot think of doing anything wrong. And they are in a very sunny location. I worry they are going to die. Is there anything I can do?

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Stacey Hirvela Tue, 06/02/2015 - 2:01pm

Have your plants recovered yet? When you planted them, did you add anything to the soil, or just plant them right into the ground? Did you purchase the plant bare-root or did you remove the soil? If your plants have not yet recovered, please use our contact form and select "shrubs" as the category so we can help you get to the bottom of it.

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Anonymous Tue, 05/19/2015 - 9:24am

I pruned my goji and hated to just throw the cuttings away so I just stuck them in pots of potting soil w/o any rooting hormone or anything and now instead of 1 plant I have 4 .All the cuttings rooted to my surprise. Is this common.

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Stacey Hirvela Tue, 06/02/2015 - 2:02pm

Many woody plants can root easily from cuttings, but it really depends on the plant species and the time of year.

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Anonymous Fri, 04/17/2015 - 9:32pm

I'm growing a goji plant from seed.
It's around a foot in height but it's stalk is very week.
I have it propped up with a stick.
I was looking for advice on if I should get something for it to grow up on. Or get something to strengthen it's stalk

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