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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- Botanical name: Lycium barbarum 'SMNDBL'
- Common name:
Goji, Goji berry
- Sun exposure:
Full sun (min. 6 hrs/day).
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- Soil type:
Requires alkaline soil with good drainage.
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- Height x width:
Stems reach up to 10' long
- Flower color:
Purple; red fruits
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- Season of interest:
Best in a vegetable garden, can be grown in a container.
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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).
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.
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