Growing Goji Berries at the Allotment

Growing Goji Berries at the Allotment

Goji Berries are a fully hardy, deciduous shrub producing red berries that can be eaten fresh, cooked or dried. They are also known as Duke Argyll's Tea Tree.

Goji Berries are usually grown on from a young plant and likes free-draining soil in a sunny spot but can tolerate a little light shade. The best time to plant your Goji Berries is late summer - autumn.  Dig in some well-rotted manure or compost.

Mature Goji Berries can grow several feet high and wide, therefore select your position carefully. However, they can be pruned and trained to keep it to the desired size. Goji Berries can also be grown in containers; in compost, they will require more regular watering.

Water regularly when the plant is flowering and fruiting. The Goji Berries take 2-3 years to crop. Prune the shrub in spring. The flowers and fruits form on the previous years' growth. Mature shrubs can be prickly to handle. Suckers should be removed as they appear. Be mindful of potential pests, such as Aphids.

Harvesting of Goji Berries; once they so crop, will be from late summer to the first frosts. Only the fully red berries are edible and any that have turned black should be discarded. The fruits can turn black from being handled and therefore it is best practice to shake them off the shrub rather than picking them.

Goji Berries can be eaten fresh and raw or used in cooking and teas. For longer term use, Goji Berries can be dried. Goji Berries contain Vitamin K.



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Growing Goji Berries in Summary

Planting Goji Berries

  • Plant young plants in well-drained soil with well-rotted manure or compost
  • Plant in a sunny spot or light shade
  • Plant late summer - autumn

Growing Goji Berries

  • Water regularly during dry spells
  • Prune every spring, remove suckers
  • Mature shrubs are prickly to handle

Harvesting Goji Berries

  • After 2-3 years the shrub will form fruits
  • Harvest from late summer to first frosts
  • Fully red berries are edible, not if turned black