Cluster of Goji berries in the foreground with a traditional Chinese garden and architecture in the background, evoking the cultural heritage of the berry.

How to Grow Goji Berries from Seed!

The quick and convenient step by step guide to growing your Goji Berry Seeds!


Goji Berries, also known as wolfberries, are hardy plants that are drought tolerant and grow in zones 3-10 . A brightly colored orange/red fruit with a slightly sour flavor, they are considered a superfood because they are alleged to boost the immune system and brain activity, protect against heart disease and cancer, and improve life expectancy. They are loaded with antioxidants and have high concentrations of vitamin B, C, and amino acids. They are often made into juice or eaten fresh as a snack. Goji berry plants are easy to grow in your own backyard. They will fruit and flower throughout the summer until the first frost. If left unpruned, they can grow as tall as 10-13 feet with a spread of about 4 feet.

How to Grow Goji Seeds

#1 | Soak the seeds in water that is from 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit for one to two days. This will increase their rate of germination.


#2 | Combine sand with commercial potting mix or garden soil until it is very fine. The ideal soil pH should be between 7 and 8, although goji plants will grow in soil with a pH lower than that.


# 3 | Plant the seeds 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep indoors in pots if you live in a colder area. Move the pots outside when the weather begins to warm. If you live in a warmer area, plant them outdoors in partial sun after the danger of frost has passed. Keep each seed at least two feet apart.


# 4 | Keep the soil moist until germination which should occur in 10-14 days.


# 5 | Goji berry plants can be trained like a grape vine on a trellis or left as a shrub. If you would like your goji plant to grow like a shrub (this will yield more berries), snip off the main stem just above third leaf when it appears. This will cause the plant to grow laterally as a bush rather than vertically as a tree.


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