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Like Goji Berries? Grow your own on this easy to grow berry bush! Produces very quickly in only 1-2 years from planting. These are best eaten as a dehydrated fruit like you have seen in stores.
The Phoenix Tears Goji Berry (Lyceum barbarum) is native to parts of Asia. The deep orange-colored fruits are high in nutrients, with carotene levels higher than found in carrots. The oval shaped fruits ripen over a long period in mid-summer, with up to four weeks of harvest. Ripened fruits adhere to plant stems for long periods of time. Fruit has a sweet flavor with slight acidity.
The multi-stemmed shrub grows to 5 to 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Train branches with a simple one-wire trellis to ease harvest and support the many pounds of ripened fruits produced. Small, light violet-colored flowers that produce fruit appear in late spring on plant stems that are at least two years old. The cold- and drought-tolerant plants can be grown successfully in Zones 3-8.
RECOMMENDED FOR ORGANIC GROWING
Uses: Makes a highly nutritious dried fruit. Excellent added to both sweet and savory dishes.
Resistant to: Goji berries have very little problems with insect or diseases. Do not overfertilize with nitrogen or manures!
Pollination: Not needed, one plant will set fruit by itself.
Site Selection: A full-sun, well drained location with medium soil fertility. Do not fertilize goji berries except with a little compost. Keep weeded.
Plant Size: 4-8″ tall plant.
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