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Growing Goji

If you have purchased fresh lycium berries, (Only possible during the fruiting season) they will come in plastic zip lock bags to maintain their moisture and viability.
The following instructions apply if you have picked your own berries and are wanting to ‘plant on’.
Try and spread the pulp of the berry around.
It’s a sticky business but well worth the end result. Extracting and planting the individual seeds usually just cuts down on the viability and is needlessly time consuming.
Three parts fill a tray or pot with seed raising mix, spread the berry pulp and seed and then sprinkle seed raising mix and sand lightly over the berry to about 3mm – 5mm in depth.
If you have purchased dry seed, it will need to be soaked for at least a day before planting.
Then carry one as above.
Germination is usually around 7 days but will vary with soil temperature.
Planting dry seed is as effective as pre-soaking but will add another week to germination time.Once they have germinated…….
The pots must not dry out so be careful, but, after they have broken the soil surface they do not like to be too wet.
Once they have achieved their second set of leaves you can tease them apart and give them an individual pot.
Keep them reasonably protected until they have reached 15 cm in height.
They will usually only generate one stem only in pots so it is best to put them out as soon as the weather allows so that they can shoot multiple stems.
The more stems, the more berries. As with most young seedlings, they require regular watering, but also need to have some air circulation within the pot as well.
If the seed raise mix that you have used, holds onto the water over the period of a day, then it is possibly too dense and is retaining too much moisture for the roots to ‘breathe’.
Some coarse potting mix will help to remedy this situation, added to the seed raise mix when you transplant.
The image to the left is a group of seedlings plucked out and re-potted singularly, ready to grow in their own pot.
This is the right age for them to be transplanted.
As with most young seedlings, they require regular watering, but also need to have some air circulation within the pot as well.
As with most young seedlings, they require regular watering, but also need to have some air circulation within the pot as well.
If the seed raise mix that you have used, holds onto the water over the period of a day, then it is possibly too dense and is retaining too much moisture for the roots to ‘breathe’.
Some coarse potting mix will help to remedy this situation, added to the seed raise mix when you transplant.

Overall, they are a very hardy plant but they tend to ‘sulk’ a little when posted or transplanted.
Their normal sulking position is ‘drooping’, which they can maintain for one to two weeks.
So don’t think that you have done the wrong thing or that it means certain death.