How to Grow a Goji Berry Tree in the Garden
Tips for Growing a Healthy Goji Berry Tree
- How to plant, grow and harvest a goji berry tree.
- I explain the health benefits of the berries.
- Step-by-step instructions with videos and photos.
How to Plant a Goji Berry Tree Successfully
If you have room for only one fruit tree in your garden I would encourage you to grow Goji berries. The plants are easy to grow and harvest. There are many health benefits from eating and drinking these berry fruits too.
This is the that I have in my garden now. It was bought as a gift to me from my sister. She knew I wanted one of these plants so ordered it online. It is still growing well today and I have had some very good crops from it for the past few years. goji berry tree
A friend of mine could not afford to get a plant so she bought these . She now has two trees growing in her own garden. They are still too young to bear any fruit yet but she is delighted with the results so far. She gave away a few of the extra ones she grew too Goji berry seeds
Planting, Growing and Harvesting Goji Berries
Buy a plant that is at least two years old, which will not be too expensive.
If you can afford it though, a three year old plant would be better.
- Plant from around May.
- Take the plant out of the pot and put in a larger bucket.
- Add water to the bucket to allow the roots to soak.
- Dig a big enough hole so that manure and feed can be added
- Add the goji berry tree to the hole and fill in with compost.
- Press down the earth around the plant firmly
- Once planted give the tree a good watering to establish the roots.
You will see purple and white flowers starting to grow during the summer. The berries do not grow on the tree until it is at least three years old.
Taking Care of the Goji Berry Tree
This tree requires very little water to survive, but if you water it regularly, it will reward you with extra fruit. It can grow almost anywhere and is very sturdy in most weather conditions. It can withstand temperatures as low as -15 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Make sure you prune the tree regularly. It can grow very large and bushy if not looked after. The flowers will ripen into berries from July to October. The Goji berries can be picked in the autumn.
Grow the Tree in the Sunlight
The tree needs plenty of direct sunlight to thrive. Pick the spot where you intend to grow your goji berries carefully. They need twelve months of tender care and it is not always guaranteed that the plant will produce fruit. Therefore the best way to get a goji plant in your garden that gives you plenty of fruit is to buy one at least two years old.
They are not that costly to purchase in garden centres and are even cheaper if you shop around and buy online. Fruit will not appear until the goji plant is three years old and then every year after that the fruit yield will increase.
- What is the goji berry?
- What are the health benefits of Goji berries
- Can you grow your own fruit tree easily?
- Can you lose weight by eating these
I have answered all these questions below.
Chinese Traditional Medicine
Goji berries have been grown in China for thousands of years. The Chinese realized the medicinal properties of the berries very quickly and have used them to treat health problems for years.
These health benefits are only now being accepted by people in the rest of the world. In modern China research has been carried out by their scientists to explain how the goji berry benefits the health of the human body.
Research has proved the benefits of the goji berry for the care of the eyes. Damage to the retina by diseases such as cataracts, diabetes, and other age related causes of sight loss can be improved by eating these berries. The nutrients contained in the goji berry that has this health benefit are Zeaxanthin and Lutein.
Where to Buy Goji Berries
Goji berries are becoming more popular now as the health benefits are becoming well known. There was a time when you could only buy the dried fruit in health shops. Now it is readily available in most stores and supermarkets.
Dried Goji Berries
The berries are sold in packets as a dried fruit. These can be added as an ingredient to other foods. There are also ready made products for sale which contain goji berries such as wine, juice and smoothies. I am sure as the fruit becomes even more popular other ready made products will appear on the shelves.
There are many ways the dried fruit can be eaten at home. It can be mixed raw at breakfast time with cereals and porridge. At lunch time it can be added to any salad or soup and sprinkled on sandwiches. At dinner time it can be mixed with stews, salads and on hamburgers. The drinks such as juice, wine and milk shakes can be used anytime too.
They contain a high concentrate of protein and vitamins B1, B2, B6, C and E. They also contain eighteen different kinds of amino acids. In studies it has been found that goji berries contain more vitamin C than oranges, more beta carotene than carrots. They also have four times the amount of potassium than in a banana.and more iron than steak.
How Do Goji Berries Help to Lose Weight
Scientific tests reveal that the berries contain Betaine. This is important for changing Homocysteine to Methionine in the liver. Methionine and Lysine are then responsible for the production of Carnitine.
Weight Loss Claims
So goji Berries can help through its concentration of Betaine with weight loss. The berry also contains a high concentration of Vitamin C. This also has the ability to create Carnitine in the body.
Another Vitamin that Helps Weight Loss Is Vitamin B1
It converts carbohydrates into energy and it encourages a healthy thyroid function which creates a better body metabolism.
The goji berry when included in the diet actually satisfies the appetite more quickly and gives the dieter a chance to lose weight without feeling hungry all the time. Betaine is also useful in the body for nerves and stress and helps to enhance the memory.
Goji fruit berries have become very popular in the Western world in the past few years. They have been sold in health shops for a long time now. But it is only recently that they have become easily available in most stores and supermarkets.
The big companies have a hand in marketing this amazing berry as they see the potential profits it can bring them. They know how to take advantage of the growing interest we take in the health benefits of certain ingredients we use in our foods.
The goji berry contains Thiamin and this induces a sense of happiness by increasing the body’s energy level and feelings of optimism.
When eaten the berry creates a combination of therapeutic actions within the body. This is known as an adaptogen. The effect is increased energy levels both mental and physical.
Lack of Sleep
Thiamin combined with Magnesium which is also present in the goji fruit enables people to fall asleep easier and improves their quality of that sleep.
Research has shown that zinc can shorten the length and severity of a cold. Goji berries have plenty of Vitamin C and Zinc.
Easy to Grow
The rest of the world has now only in the last few years realized the health benefits of the goji fruit berry. The Chinese people realized the medicinal properties of the berries thousands of years ago. We are also benefiting from this knowledge now.
The berries can also be bought as a drink. Better still it is a hardy berry that can be planted in gardens all over the world. So If you have a large or even smaller garden it is easy to grow.
I have given details above in this article of how to grow and take care of a tree. Now that I have shown you the goji berry and the many health benefits of these fruit berries why not introduce them to your daily diet. There are plenty of ways to eat and enjoy them.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
When do you know it's time to pick the goji berries?
The goji berries will be ready to harvest when they are large and red. Leave the other berries that are small and green until they grow into this size and shape.Helpful 14
Why are my Goji berries not sweet?
All fresh Goji Berries have a sour taste to them. They are not a fruit that you would easily pick from the tree and eat. The best way to eat them fresh is to mix them with other fruit in a smoothie or another drink. You can pick them and then dry them so that they can be eaten in cereals.Helpful 7
Why do the goji berry flowers fall on the ground?
The Goji Berry flowers fall to the ground because they make way for the berries to grow in their place.Helpful 7
Will a Goji Berry tree grow in Arizona?
Yes, a Goji Berry tree will grow in Arizona as long as you prepare the soil correctly and look after it properly.Helpful 6
Can I grow a Goji Berry tree in a container?
You could do, but only for the first two to three years. You would need to plant it out in the garden after that. The Goji Berry tree grows quite large, and the roots would need plenty of room to expand. It would also need to be able to feed on the nutrients in the soil.Helpful 5