Used in traditional Chinese medicine for years, the Goji berry plant is known for its myriad of healthful properties. The fruit is rich in amino acids, vitamin C, B, E and a wide variety of antioxidants and essential fatty acids. As well as the health benefits, this plant offers a stunning contrast of small, light green leaves and vibrant, crimson berries all summer long.
Thriving throughout zones 5 – 9, the Goji will soon settle in, providing elegance and flare to your home landscape, either outdoors, on a patio, balcony or porch. The plant enjoys full or partial sunlight and will grow between 1 and 2 feet each year, reaching mature heights and widths of 8 – 10 feet.
Only moderate watering is required for this plant to flourish. Though the Goji prefers moist soil when first planted, once established it becomes drought-tolerant, and will not require fertilizer to produce a good yield of fruit.
The Goji berry is typically harvested between July and October. To harvest these fruits, spread a sheet underneath the bush and shake the branches lightly. If the Goji berries do not fall easily, you should try again in a week or two when they will have ripened further.