Goji berries are one of the best sources of anti-oxidants, and just a cupful of goji berries can give you upwards of 10% of your daily recommended vitamin C intake in one go.
While they’ve achieved a lot of popularity over the past ten or so years, goji berry plants have been around for more than five thousand years – and today, they can be found in gardens all over the world.
You might even want to include goji berry plants in yours: They can be planted either in pots or into the ground with some special preparation.
Goji berry plants can be grown either from seeds or ideally from existing plants, and they grow happily in most climates with a preference for hotter ones – but can also thrive in colder areas when the right adaptations are made.
Here are 8 great and easy tips for taking good care of your own goji berry.
1. Selecting a Plant
The first step for a gardener who wants to plant a goji berry in their garden is to select a suitable plant to do it with. They can be planted from seeds, but this can set you back for at least three years while you’re waiting for the plant to mature – and this is what presses most gardeners to instead buy plants that are at least two to three years old and a lot closer to carrying berries.
Find a local nursery when you’re looking for goji berry plants – most have them available in a variety of different life stages; if not, there are also many online retailers nowadays which can help you to source plants and have them delivered straight to your door in a matter of days.
The next step to a happy goji berry plant is preparing the soil, and this can start weeks before you intend on sticking your plant into the ground.