Goji Berry (Lycium Barbarum) - Goji Berry plants, also called Wolfberry, are drought tolerant and prefer well-draining soil. They do best in USDA zones 5 - 9, tolerating temps down to -10 F and will flourish well in the dry west or humid east. If you're outside of zones 5 - 9, you can still grow these very popular berries by planting them in containers and bring them inside when the temperatures drop. Goji berry plants will grow in sun or partial shade, but your harvest will be greater with more sun. When planting outside in your garden, place your Gojis every 4 ft. They grow into viney bushes to the point some gardeners will even plant them on trellises. A mature wolfberry plant will produce almost 7 lbs of berries under good conditions.
This shrub is easy to grow and will reward you with loads of nutritious berries over a long harvest season. Goji berries are rarely grown commercially in the United States, and their shelf life is short, so fresh berries can seldom be found at local supermarkets or farmers markets. Therefore, growing in your home garden is the best way to enjoy fresh goji berries. Also, dried gojis are expensive, and the overwhelming majority of commercial goji berries come from China, where information about how they’re grown isn’t usually available. Goji berries can easily grow in California .
USDA Zones: 5 - 9
Height: 96 - 120 inches
Bloom Season: Mid summer to early fall
Bloom Color: Red
Environment: Full to partial shade
Soil Type: Fertile, well drained, pH 6.5 - 7.5
Latin Name: Lycium Barbarum
Plant Spacing: 3 - 5 feet