Goji Berry Growing Guide

Lycium barbarum

Goji Berry

Crop Rotation Group

Solanaceae (Potato and tomato family) 


Moist, well-drained soil enriched with plenty of compost.


Full sun to part shade. Goji berries can be used in wildlife hedges, or a single clump can be grown as a large, arching shrub.

Frost tolerant

Established plants are winter hardy at least to -23°C (-10°F ). Goji berry grows best where summers are hot and winters are mild.


None needed, but young plants require steady moisture to become established.


Single Plants: 2.00m (6' 6") each way (minimum)
Rows: 2.00m (6' 6") with 2.00m (6' 6") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Start seeds indoors in late winter, and grow under bright supplemental light. Set out hardened-off seedlings or a purchased plant in spring at about the time of your last frost. Water regularly to keep the roots from drying out.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Native to China, Goji berry is considered invasive in parts the US. Plants have very vigorous roots that spread aggressively into nearby soil. The berries are high in antioxidants, and often are considered a superfood.


Pick goji berries when they turn a deep red colour and pull away freely with a gentle tug. Gently wash and dry berries to be used in teas. Or, cook the seedy berries into a juice for making syrup. Fruits left on the plant will be harvested by animals and birds in early autumn.


Goji berries are subject to winter injury, but new plants can be grown from surviving buds taken from near the base of the plants. Prune plants more than two years old to remove old wood and control the height of the plants. Cutting back growing tips in spring encourages the plants to produce heavy-bearing lateral branches.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Goji Berry