Frequently Asked Questions

We ship once a month, sometimes more often depending on the weather. When we do ship it will be sent priority mail.  Therefore please allow 4-6 weeks to receive your roots. We will always try to get them to you sooner. Please email me if you have any questions! sales@buygojiberryplants.com

 

1. Will Goji/Wolfberries grow in my area?

Goji Berry Plants can grow as far north as Canada and as far south as Florida. They can survive even the most harsh winters, however I mulch them in the winter. Zone 3 to zone 10.

2. Do you need a lot of garden area for Wolfberries?

No, you can grow Wolfberries in a tub on the patio, as shrubbery around the house, in
a small garden, or by the acre in f fields rained on a trellis, vines will grow to
over ten feet in length. Plants can be trimmed as a bush, with adult plants requiring
as little as four square feet of space. Wolfberry pruning is simple and easy to do.

3. When should I plant my wolfberry plants?

Wolfberry plants grow in zones 3-10. In the north, plant just after the average last hard frost date. They can be planted up to about one month prior to the first hard frost date in the fall. But you can also plant in containers or store in the refrigerator until its time to plant. If you live in an area that has frost you can plant any time during the summer and even the fall as long as you have enough days for it to set some roots. Then mulch heavy and the root should spring up in spring.

4. How many plants should I plant?

A 30 foot row with 15 plants has the potential to produce up to 100 pounds of berries per year, which would supply about 80% of a person’s annual nutrient needs. Three ounces of dried berries have approximately 80% of a person’s daily nutrient requirements (not calories).

5. How many berries will I get off each plant?

If there is at least a 3 month growing season, you might get a few berries off regular bare root starts in year 1. Select and Deluxe plants will produce fruit the first year. There should be a full crop on the second year. The plants should keep producing fruit indefinitely, but need to be pruned to maximize first year growth.

6. When will the plants get thorny? How can I avoid the thorns?

Thorns come after the second year. You can minimize the amount of thorns by proper pruning.

7. When should I remove the leaves from the plants? (Before or after picking the berries?)

Leaves can be harvested all year long. If growing plants mainly for fruit, you shouldn’t remove the leaves until late fall, before the first frost.

8. What is the minimum number of plants I should plant?

One plant is ok. They are self pollinating.

9. What is the best soil for these plants?

The only factor that seems to make any different in the growth of the plant is the soil ph. Can be slightly acidic; the plants prefer an alkaline soil with a ph higher than 7.0.. Do NOT plant using a peat based potting mix. DO NOT USE ANY Manure or compost. If you are not planting in the ground simply use a standard cheap potting mix and not Miracle Grow Moisture Control or anything like it.  Do not use miracle grow fertilizer.

If you are planting in containers ONLY use plain TOP SOIL with a little perlite. Or take soil from your yard and if needed mix TOP SOIL and perlite. Do Not use pre-made potting soils because almost all have peat moss. We will not refund roots mainly because you used the wrong soil.

10. How often should I water my plants?

With bare root starts: keep them moist until there is 6-8 inches of new growth. Then watering can be cut back. Mature plants in sandy soil should be watered more often than with heavy soil. Watering on the foliage may harm the fruit blossoms. It is better to water just the roots. Depending on the climate, if there is not regular rainfall, mature plants may need to be watered once every two weeks with an inch or more of water. Once these plants are established, they are very drought tolerant.

11. How do I increase the ph value of my soil? What is the appropriate ph?

Calcium supplements raise ph value. 6.8 – 8.1 is the appropriate soil ph.

12. How far should my plants be spaced in the ground?

Two feet apart in the row, 6 feet between rows.

13. Is there a fertilizer that would be good for these plants? Miracle Grow?

Don’t use Miracle Grow. No fertilizer needed. This includes compost and any kind of horse or cow manure. You will kill the root if you use these.

14. Can I use peat moss?

NO, peat moss And animal manure will lower the ph value of the soil.

15. Can you ship the plants in a container, already potted?

No at this time.

16. Can I plant wolfberries in containers, so I can move them around?

If using containers, a 5 gallon container should be the minimum size for producing decent sized plants. Please read above the type of soil you should use.

17. Which end should I plant and how deep?

You can plant a few inches in the ground vertically or horizontally. If your plant has a few shoots when it arrives, don’t worry. Plant it horizontally covering it with just a few inches of dirt but its important to keep it water and moist until you have at least 6 inches of growth. If you don’t it will not grow and will rot. Once watered, kept moist and warm it will begin to sprout.

18. What do I do with my plants in the fall?

Harvest the leaves. The leaves are highly nutritious No winter protection is needed. If you like you can mulch.

19. Do I need to protect my plants from the sun, shade or snow?

The plants prefer full sun. They will grow in partial shade, but will not produce as much fruit. Again, no winter protection is needed.

20. Do these plants grow better in the greenhouse?

No. The problem with a greenhouse is that the plants normally develop a tap root that goes way down. In the greenhouse they don’t have a normal habitat in which to grow. The only reason to have them in a greenhouse would be to harvest fresh leaves all year long.

21. Do these plants spread out? Send runners?

After the third year, they start to send out lateral shoots. If not removed, they can become invasive.

22. How can I help increase my crop?

Plant more plants. The key to cropping is pruning of plants.

23. Do deer like these plants? Birds?

Insects and pests do not seem to be a problem, however fruit eating birds love the berries. You may need to cover the plants with netting. Deer and rabbits do not seem to like the plants.

24. How should I store the berries? Dehydrate? Freezer? Fridge?

Best flavor from dried berries. Pick, wash, remove the stems (if any), put into bags to freeze OR put in dehydrator for 3 days or more (sticky).

25. How do you use your wolfberries? How do you use the leaves?

We snack on wolfberries. We make a drink from the leaves which we have daily. We add berries and leaves to our food.

26. What are some of the major differences in wolfberry varieties?

The size of the fruit and quantity vary with the variety of plant. Some are only hardy in zones 5-9, others are hardy in zones 3-10. Some varieties are raised primarily for leaves, rather than the fruit. Chinese is a thornier plant. The thorniness of the plant varies with the variety.

We grow and sell Lycium barbarum which are hardy in zones 3-10, less thorny, with both our leaves and fruit being nutrient loaded, as verified by the nutrient testing we have had done over the past several years.

24 Responses to Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Donna White says:

    Hi,
    Are your goji plants guaranteed?
    Donna

    • admin says:

      guaranteed to do what? It is live root stock. It will grow. It’s a dormant root. If you have a problem with your order we accept returns within 72 hours only. We can help you grow it but we have no way to make sure you care for it. I’m sorry

  2. Regina says:

    How soon after they are planted do they start to grow leaves?

    • admin says:

      Regina I know you just got yours and planted. Mine outside are starting to get leaves so yours should start very soon.

  3. Regina says:

    Thankyou! Looking forward to seeing those little leaves pop out!

  4. Tyler says:

    Hi I ordered a goji plant on March 8th and I was just wondering when I can expect it to be shipped? Thanks

  5. Chritos Lefas says:

    Dear sir/madam
    I am thinking of culturing the Certified organic Goji Berry in an area here in Greece where the lowest temperature during the winter is about zero degrees of Calcium. It is snowing every winter.
    Before I make an order of the mentioned plan, Could you tell me please if I can grow up in my area the Goji Berry plant in order to take fruits? Is the Goji Berry the appropriate plant?
    In case you are not responsible to reply please carry forward to the appropriate person.
    Thank you in advance

    My Best Wishes

    C.L

    • admin says:

      We can’t ship outside the USA. So very sorry. If you have a friend who is in the USA who will order, take delivery and go through the proper inspection channels that would be the best way. Goji will easily survive winters and below zero. They go dormant and fruit during the summer. You should have no problem.

  6. Kevin J Hultberg says:

    Hi,
    I purchased a 2 year goji root stock, set it in a cup of water for 24 hours as directed. Planted it in a 5 gallon container on 4/13/2012, kept soil moist and have it by a sunny window. It hasn’t done a thing:-( Is the the plant dead?
    Thank you for addressing my concern,
    Kevin

    • admin says:

      Hi there! I answer this in email but will also answer here for the benefit of others. It can take 3-5 weeks for the first leaves to appear. Normally, during the summer it happens within a few weeks but sometimes can take longer. You need to keep it moist. This is important. You can try cutting the end out of a 2 liter soda bottle, take the cap off- very important, place over your root and this will create a greenhouse effect. You should not leave it like this for long. just long enough for the first leaves to appear then be sure to take it off.

  7. B says:

    I live in ontario and have ordered a few plants. I have just read that you cannot ship outside the US. Does that include Candada? if so how do I get a refund?

  8. Thomas says:

    When is the best time to plant the root stock? Is there any problem with planting in the fall after the first frost?

    • admin says:

      You can plant it any time. Obviously you might not want to plant in the dead of winter but many plant in the fall. If you plant late summer it will get leaves but may not flower. It really all depends on your area and temps. Some people plant in a 5 gallon container in winter with a plant light and let it start to build root mass then plant in the spring. It’s super easy to grow no matter when you plant it.

  9. J Silverman says:

    I got a goji berry plant growing quite well, but just in these last few days something has eaten 20+ of its leaves. Starting from just below the growing tip of each branch till about mid way, it looks as if something just clipped the leaves right off. I’ve searched the plant thoroughly for any kind of caterpillar or insect but haven’t found anything. If the damage was toward the base of the plant, I’d blame the many rabbits in the area, but the damage is much to high for them to reach. I also don’t think its slugs because it looks like I’ve lost leaves during the hot sunny days. Do you know of any pests that cause something like this?

    • admin says:

      Its hard to say since every area is prone to different pest. I have not had any trouble but I also use an organic spray that nothing really like to eat. But it sounds like a beetle to me. Do you have japenese beetles in that area?

      • J Silverman says:

        I haven’t seen Japanese Beetles yet and usually they aren’t too much of a problem. I have seen a few Colorado Potato Beetles around eating my eggplants and potatoes, but they’re so slow moving I know I’d catch one in the act. I tried spraying the plant with a garlic extract, but can’t say it’s helping as of yet. What kind of spray do you use?

        • admin says:

          I like neem. But any oil based spray make sure you mix it right according to the instructions. Also spray early morning or late after sun down. I also use Diatomaceous earth. Over time it really helps keep pest under control.

          • J Silverman says:

            Well, I tried the garlic and sprinkling of diatomaceous earth around the base of the plant and still lost leaves when I inspected it this morning. I got some neem that I sprayed this morning, and hopefully that it will deter whatever pest is eating the plant.

  10. Laura says:

    Hello. I live in mid TN and am very interested in purchasing some goji plants. I have a couple of questions though. First, if I order some this week, and get them in July (since your June shipment has already went out) and immediately plant them, will they produce any fruit this year? Also, do you recommend planting the roots directly outside first or starting them inside in a container? And one last question-is there a one stop source you could recommend for a how-to on taking care of/planting goji plants? Thanks for your help.

    • admin says:

      If you order now it will ship in July. We have no set time. It depends on many factors but normally the first two weeks of the month. So in June we were also able to ship out many June orders as well. We are having a lot of heat so that could play a factor only because we pack them outside.

      It hard to say if they will produce fruit this year. It depends on your area. Its late in the season but if you live south they could. You can plant them any time and even if you plant this summer they have a wonderful growth start, will go dormant in winter and really come back strong next spring. In fact I think this is the best time to plant but its very important to keep them moist and watered daily until they are stable and producing leaves.

      I grow mine right in the ground but you may want to soak in water a few days, plant in a non-peat soil and let it get more roots.

  11. louise jones says:

    i have a goji berry plant which is two years old….the first year i got one berry off it (very impressed) and this year it has about 30 purple flowers but no fruit yet! the problem i have is that i need to move my plant….can you tell me the best time to do this please without causing my plant any harm :-) it is about three feet tall and has runners about four feet long!! it seems to be thriving and i dont want to damage it!! thanks.

    • admin says:

      This is why mature root cuttings are better. Two year plants should have lots of berries.
      Best time to move is fall before frost or extreme cold

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