Growing Goji Berries in Spring

Growing goji berries from tiny seeds you will need three to four years before you can enjoy the fruit.

If you grow it from a matured plant you can enjoy the fruits much earlier.


Goji berries (Lycium barbarum and Lycium chinense) are also known as wolfberries (super food); original from China.


The berries are rich in antioxidant and vitamins. You can eat the berries fresh or dried.


Goji leaves you can make tea from it; and you can cook it as vegetables. Both fruits and leaves are frequently use in the Asian dishes.


Both berries and the leaves tasted mild sweet and a little bitter.


Goji berries (Gojibes in Dutch) plant is perennial. It is dwarf. It is winter hard (with slight winter protection).


Goji plant loves plenty of water; full sun and good drainage soil. Too much rain the leaves will turn yellow. Fruits ripen from July to October.


When the growing period is over, prune the plant a little backwards to keep the plant young and encourage healthy growth.


We found one bare root plant in April 2018 (early spring) from an online shop in Germany.

Growing Goji Berries Progress


First Year
* On 5-4-2018 (day 1) clean and transferred the plant to another pot and keep it (picture 1-3) in the greenhouse with a cover for cold protection.


* On 8-4-2018 (day 4) the plant show green colour (picture 4).

* On 28-4-2018 (day 24) the plant showed some tiny leaves (picture 5).

* On 24-5-2018 (day 50) the leaves enlarged (picture 6).

* On 7-6-2018 (day 64) transferred outdoor (picture 7).


* On 24-6-2018 (day 81) the leaves getting rich (picture 8).

* On 25-6-2018 (day 82) tranferred the Goji plant to a deeper container (picture 9).

* On 7-7-2018 (day 94) the plant started to grow up (picture 10); gave a bamboo stick to support.

* On 18-7-2018 (day 105) add extra support (picture 11).


* On 26-11-2018 (day 236) pruned a little backwards; and it was bare again (picture 12).


Second Year
* On 19-3-2019 (day 349) tiny leaf appeared (picture 13).

* On 20-5-2019 (day 411) shown many leaves (picture 14).

* On 8-6-2019 (day 430) growing upwards (picture 15).


* On 27-8-2019 (day 510) moved to a location to receive more sunlight (picture 16).

* By November all leaves turn yellow and dropped. And the plant is ready to go into rest. I trim the plant a little backwards.

Growing Goji Berries Development


Third Year
* On 14-3-2020 (day 709) shown mini leaves (picture 17).

* On 1-6-2020 (day 788) growing strong with plenty of leaves (picture 18).

* On 17-6-2020 (day 804) a long side shoot appeared (picture 19).


* On 9-8-2020 (day 857) moved the plant to a full sun location (picture 20).

* On 17-8-2020 (day 865) discovered several flower buds and a cream coloured flower on the side shoot (picture 21).

* On 19-8-2020 (day 867) two green fruit appeared (picture 22).

* On 20-8-2020 (day 868) shown one purple flower (picture 23).


* On 21-8-2020 (day 869) shown the second cream coloured flower (picture 24).

* On 25-8-2020 (day 873) shown 4 green berries (picture 25).

* On 30-8-2020 (day 878) shown more green berries (picture 26); new buds and flowers (picture 27).


* On 15-9-2020 (day 894) one berry changed to orange red colour (picture 28) while the leaves turned yellow (picture 29).

* On 17-9-2020 (day 896) seconde red berry appeared (picture 30).

* On 30-9-2020 (day 909) more Goji berries were turning into orange red colour (picture 31).


* On 4-10-2020 (day 913) harvested one to taste (picture 32).

* On 22-10-2020 (day 931) collected 5 beautiful berries (picture 33).


End of the season we have harvested 14 berries in total.


Thereafter all the leaves drop; the plant turn into bare again and waiting for the little prune.


Now you can increase your Goji berry plant from your own organic seeds or from the cuttings.



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