Goji berry plants are easy to grow. After all, they originated in the Himalayan mountains and are thus used to harsh growing conditions. If you want to harvest your own goji berries instead of buy them from health stores, all you have to do is try. You do not have to spend a lot to grow these trees.
Step 1 – Obtain Goji Berry Seeds
There are 2 ways to get seeds for this plant. First, you can get the seeds directly from the berries that you consume. The downside here is that you can't be sure about the variety or the genetic quality of your own berries.
Second, you can buy quality seeds from your gardening supplies store. This is the easiest and surest way to get good goji seeds
Step 2 – Prepare the Soil
Goji berries are very sturdy plants and they can be very adaptable. Still, you need nutrient-rich soil to ensure that they will grow and bear fruits fast. Get a potting soil that has plenty of organic materials, including compost, vermiculite and organic wastes. This will eliminate the need for fertilizers to enhance the nutrients in the soil. If planting your goji trees in containers, do not forget to apply organic nutrients to the soil at least once every year.
Step 3 – Prepare the Pots or Containers
If you are going to plant your goji trees outdoors, you do not have to do this step. Simply prepare a patch in your garden or yard that has very good access to sunlight, then add the prepared soil.
If you are planting in containers, make sure they have ample drainage so that excess water is channeled off after you watered your trees. Goji plants don't like a lot of water, especially if they are already fully grown.
Step 4 – Plant the Seeds
It is important that you plant the seeds during the last days of the winter frost. Make a ½-inch hole in the ground or pot and drop the seed inside. Cover the hole to maintain moisture until the seeds are germinated.
Step 5 – Water the Young Goji Plants Cautiously
After germination, you will need to water your goji trees—but not too much! Allow the young trees to dry thoroughly before sprinkling them with water. It is also advisable to water the plants early in the morning so they are kept dry during most of the day. If you live in a place that is wet for the most part of the year, plant your goji in containers and keep them indoors.
Step 6 – Expose Your Goji Berries to Lots of Sunlight
Goji plants may hate water, but they do love lots of sunshine. Make sure that your plants are exposed to ample amounts of sunlight: the more sunlight they get, the more fruits they will bear. If you are planting your trees indoors, you can use full-spectrum lights to give them the amount of light that they need every day.
Follow these steps and you will surely have lush goji trees and bountiful berries in just a few months.