Grow Goji Berries for free from seed (also called Boxthorn or Wolfberries)

Goji Berries (Lycium barbarum or Lycium chinense) also called Boxthorn or Wolfberries, have been become popular in recent years due to a variety of health claims made about them.  Among other things, these are supposed to support longevity, be good for skin, act as anti-aging agents and probably a lot more.  All that aside, they also taste pretty good.  What is generally not known, is that you can grow these straight from the purchased seeds and these seeds are very easy to sprout.

Goji Berries are incredibly hardy plants taking a variety of soils, humidity, light conditions (they prefer sun) and temperature (ranging from Zones 3 to 10).  Berries generally do not appear till the 2nd year.  The plants can be pruned to be more manageable, or trellised.  If you experience harsh winters, you may want to overwinter your plant indoors the first year.

How to get goji berry plants


If you have goji berries already, it is pretty easy.  You have the seeds right at your finger tips.  I bought dried goji berries at the Asian store for around $5.  I am not sure how old they are; but they are marked as being sulfured.  Nevertheless, they sprout extremely easily.


All you need to do is get a seed and cut it open with a small sharp knife.  You will see probably anywhere from 20-40 seeds inside.  You can use the knife to remove the seeds.  It is fine if some of the fruit remains on the seeds, you are just trying to separate them out a bit.


Finally, all you need to do is drop them in the ground (or in a container with dirt), cover with  dirt, keep wet and they should sprout in about a week or so.  After that, once they are tall enough, get them accustomed to the sun and being outside.  If you planted them in a container, wait until they have grown a bit before trying to transplant them.


Here is a video of the process

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