Used in traditional Chinese medicine, Goji Berry is very valuable and nutritious: contain carotenoids, beta carotene, vitamin C, B, E, as well as more than 30 trace elements, antioxidants and 19 amino acids. They are truly exceptional, improve the immune system and eyesight.
The fruits appear as orange-red berries with a bright color in elongated shape, the size of 1-2 cm, with a slightly sour flavor. They can be eaten fresh, made into juice or wine and as a snack. Bark of this plant can be used in teas and infusions.
This highly branched, deciduous shrub grows up to 3 meters tall and wide in its natural form. However, it can be restricted to 1 – 2 m tall, which makes it perfect hedging plant.
How to grow Goji Berry from seed:
Soak the seeds in warm water for one to two days. This will increase their rate of germination.
Sow Goji Berry seeds in moist substrate and keep them at a warm place, optimum germination temperature is around 20 C. The germination takes place between 3 to 15 days.Transplant seedlings immediately, after 2 weeks to avoid stress in a pot or on the the ground while handing the roots gently.
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. A bushy form will yield more berries than a taller plant.
Growing goji berries in containers is possible. Use a pot that is large and deep enough to hold the plant. Plant it in a light potting mix. Repot it once in every 2-3 years or whenever you find it rootbound. Fertilize the plant with tomato feed twice in the month in the growing period.
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