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Lycium Big Lifeberry®
ENLARGE IMAGE Big, prolific fruits

Lycium Big Lifeberry®

Extra-large berries are fun and easy to pick
ZONE 5,6,7,8,9
As low as $14.99
  • Easy-to-grow edible
  • Creates hundreds of pepper-like berries
  • Beautiful purple flowers
  • Big fruits are easy to harvest
  • Savory when fresh; sweeter when dried
  • Ship size: Starter Quart
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Lycium Big Lifeberry® Description

Grow your own superfruit! Big Lifeberry® goji (Lycium barbarum) from Proven Winners is the goji berry anyone can grow. This vigorous, trouble-free plant grows quickly. In mid-summer, it bears beautiful royal purple flowers, and these become green, then red, berries. They resemble a little pepper, and taste a bit like a combination of a tomato and pepper fresh. When dried – which is easy to do by just spreading them out in a single layer on a sheet of newspaper – they develop sweetness.

These plants grow with long, weak stems and need support to produce well and be easier to harvest. We recommend putting a sturdy stake in the center of the plant then bundling the stems around it about a quarter of the way from the top. Allow the stems to weep down from that point. This keeps fruits off the ground and makes them easier to harvest.

Special features: Edible plant

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Quick Facts

  • Botanical name: Lycium barbarum 'SMNDBL'
  • Common name:
    Goji, Goji berry
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
    Full sun (min. 6 hrs/day).
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    Starter quart
  • Soil type:
    Requires alkaline soil with good drainage.
  • Soil moisture:
  • Height x width:
    Stems reach up to 10' long
  • Flower color:
    Purple; red fruits
  • Foliage color:
  • Season of interest:
  • Uses:
    Best in a vegetable garden, can be grown in a container.
  • Cannot ship to:
    AK, HI
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Soil:  Does best in neutral to slightly alkaline soils (pH 7.0 or higher). Moist but well-drained soils are best. Can tolerate some dryness once established.  
Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day).
Water:  Average.
Space:  Plants require staking, but this allows them to be spaced quite closely together. Perhaps every 5' or so, depending on your staking method.
Fertilizing:  Gojis require fertilization – apply a granular tomato fertilizer in mid-spring, late spring, and again in early summer.
Winterizing:  A good 2-3" layer of mulch is recommended.
Maintenance:  Gojis are very productive and easy to grow, but do need some staking and training for best results. Put a sturdy stake in the center at planting time and bundle the canes around it with sturdy twine about a quarter of the way from the top. Let the stems weep over this point – that's the portion where most of the berries will form. Flowering begins in mid-summer and berries ripen in late summer/early autumn. They taste like a cross between a pepper and a tomato (to which they are, in fact, related) when fresh and are best used in salsas and the like. When dried, they acquire some sweetness. Unless dried in a dehydrator, they should be frozen or refrigerated for storage. In spring, move up the point where the stems are bundled and tied if necessary and shorten the weeping stems to just a few inches from the bundling point. Fruiting is strongest on the lateral branches produced here.