The goji or wolfberry has been gaining popularity in the West in recent years due to its numerous health benefits. Although this plant is endemic in the Himalayan regions of Asia, it can actually be grown almost anywhere. For hardy plants, pay extra attention to the soil and weather conditions.
Proper Climate When Growing Goji Berry
Goji berries can withstand both hot summers and cold winters. However, this type of plant does not like too much water. If you live in an area with frequent rain, you can keep your goji plant indoors.
The plants do best in full sun, so pick a spot in your garden that receives sun all day. If you cannot find a location that will provide ample exposure to sunlight, keep your goji berry plant indoors and under a full spectrum light for 8 hours each day. This will ensure that the plant yields the maximum number of berries.
Ideal Soil Type for Goji Berries
Organic soil is best for this plant. Prepare soil with biological compost, some sand and worm castings. This will be helpful particularly during the germination process. Loam-based, medium soil, perlite, vermiculite or peat-based compost mixes are also ideal. Remember not to use soil that is wet or holds a lot of water because it can kill your plant.
Other Important Tips
It is better to put goji berry plant inside your home (or a greenhouse if you have one) during the first 6 months of its development. However, once it is fully grown, you can transplant the bush into your yard or garden to allow it to further develop.