Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Sower Went Out to Sow Dried Goji Berries

I went to the market today and couldn't help but ponder the thought of germinating goji berries, aka "wolf berries". Picking up a couple of berries from the bulk section, I headed home and started peeling them open right away. To my surprise the seeds came spilling out, right onto the plate. Seeing that they were exceptionally dry my next steps was to hydrate and sow seed. My procedures are simple and direct.


  • Goji or wolfberry seeds
  • Organic planting mix
  • Container
Note: My container did not come with holes, using a drill, I drilled two holes at the bottom.

     goji seeds & pod

    Soil & Container 

    5 Step Process
    1. Soak seeds: in 70 to 80 degrees F water over night. This will increase the germination process.
    2. Soil composition: combine sand with organic potting mix until it is very fine.
    3. Plant container in direct sunlight: plant the seeds 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep in container, move container outside after the danger of frost has passed.
    4. Water regularly: spraying the seedlings with a mist sprayer
    5. Snip off the main stem just above third leaf when it appears. This will cause the plant to grow laterally as a bush rather than vertically as a tree. *bushy form will yield more berries than a taller plant.
    • Can grow up to 12 feet high and spread 6 feet wide
    • Overwinter 1st and 2nd year seedlings
    • Expect fruit in 4th year
    • Fast growing, vining shrub
    • Hardy in USDA zones 5-9 and readily adapt to most soils
    • Self-fertile 
    Goji Berry is a superfruit. Rich in antioxidants and proteins. The berries themselves are olive shaped, orange-red in color and somewhat tart. The perfect blend of deliciousness! 

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