Goji Berry

Goji Berry

Typically eaten dried or fresh, the Goji Berry is a remarkable red oval shaped grape sized fruit, which is grown on a fast growing, deciduous, sprawling shrubby vine, making a great landscaping item in the garden, with its small attractive trumpet-like white and purple flowers. The berry is described as being rather sweet, tasting somewhat between a cranberry and a cherry. It is native to the high altitude regions of Mongolia, Tibet and the Himalayas. For centuries it has been used by oriental herbalists for its powerful antioxidant and mineral properties.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Being native to the harsh terrain of the mountains, Goji berries will tolerate winds and any cold, doing well in areas where temperatures drop as low as -15°C where the plant undergoes a deep dormancy period.

    On the other hand, the shrub loves the summer heat as long as it is not exposed to lengthy periods of drought or where temperatures are in excess of 40°C.

    For maximum fruit yields, plant Goji’s in a sunny location.

    Young plants should be watered well for the first year, after that they are relatively hardy.

    The Goji performs well on light loams and sandy soils that are rich and well drained. They do not take to well to heavy soils and it is advised to blend in sand to improve drainage.

    In Australia, the ideal regions for growing Goji extend throughout the great dividing ranges from Toowoomba along the mountainous terrain south to the Snowy Mountains. It is believed to do well in most capitals except Darwin. Plants also do considerably well when grown in Tasmania.

    There thick bushy nature means that if several are planted together it can create an informal hedge.  Otherwise, the Goji can be grown in a large pot, small fence, trellis or on its own in the garden as a stand-out ornamental.

    Goji should be spaced 2.5 -3m apart, unless creating a hedge then you may place them much closer.

    Prune your Goji to create an umbrella shape and remove any branches above 1.8m which makes easier access to fruit.

    Do not let the canopy touch the ground. A clearance of 40cm should be allowed between the canopy and the ground.

    You can also encourage a more compact, bushier shrub by nipping the buds so that it forms more branches.

    If planting by seed, do this at spring and sow in 2cm deep of soil. 


  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Young & Mature Bushes

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ½ -1cup (100-200g)

    Commercial Use: Up to 300g

    Comments: Even though Goji tend to do just fine without fertilising, if given light applications twice a year, they will significantly increase yields.

    One application is given in early spring before the plant breaks dormancy and the other should be applied in mid-summer to replenish soil nutrients after spring and early summer.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.