Goji Berry Growing
Its really not difficult to grow Goji
Berry Plants from seeds, but a bit of planning will defiantly help
improve your end results.
Start the seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost date in
your area. If the seeds you plan to use are still in dried pods they can be extracted by moistening
them between dampened paper towels for one-two hours, then slicing
them open and carefully removing the seeds with a toothpick. Seeds
should then be planted immediately.
Plant about 1/4 inch deep, in your
planting medium; peat pots, flats, small pots with sterile
seed starting material all work fine, we prefer using a jiffy pot (aka
peat pellet) mini greenhouse. They range
in price from about $4-$30 dollars (USD) and most stores with
a garden section including Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and Loews carry them
(or you can price them by
searching google) We recommend 2-3
seeds in each pot for best results.
Water lightly and keep consistently
moist until germination occurs. If the seeds dry out, they
will die. If you use pots you can cover them with a plastic
bag to help maintain the soil moisture but be sure to remove once
Full light and cooler temperatures
(60 to 70°F) will help to prevent the seedlings from becoming too
leggy. After the seeds have germinated, place them in a location
that receives a lot of light. If this is not an option, a florescent
lamp fixture rigged so that it is a couple of inches above the
work. If they do not receive adequate light, they will become
After the plants have their second
or third set of true leaves, and before they become root bound,
transplant into 4 inch pots. This transplanting step will allow the
plant to develop properly and promote root growth.
Harden off (The straightforward process of
gradually acclimating a tender seedling, germinated and nurtured
under artificial conditions, for life in the wilds of the garden.
For most tender plants (Gojis, peppers, etc.), hardening off for two
weeks is desirable.
Examine your garden on a frosty
morning searching for areas that are relatively free from frost.
For the first week, place your plants outside during the warmest
part of the day. Initially limit their exposure, bringing them back
indoors and under cover, after a few hours.
During the second week,
gradually extend the amount of time you leave them outside, bringing
them back in during the evening. By the end of the second week,
assuming that there is no longer any threat of frost, your plants
should be ready for transplanting into the garden.)
plants before transplanting
outside. Be careful while transplanting so that you do not disturb
or damage the roots too much. Young plants are very tender and
susceptible to frost damage, as well as sunburn. You might
want to protect young
plants by covering them with a one gallon milk jug, with the bottom removed, to
form a miniature greenhouse. A few days of special attention
like this will help to ensure a high rate of success.
Goji berries are amongst the
easiest plants to grow from seeds and in our experience, they start
out very similar to tomato plants so if you want to find more tips
and tricks, we suggest you can
search google for tomato growing tips
to get more ideas
If you choose to use fertilizers
and plant food growth improvements, you should only use organic
SUPERthrive is the only growth
assistant (not a fertilizer) we recommend. We strongly suggest you
stay away from any and all chemical fertilizers!
We've tested seeds from just about
every place they can be found
online, and for the most part we either found the price of Goji seeds to be ridiculously high or
the germination ratio to be ridiculously low! We
have had the best results with ones we