Gardening Tips for Growers of the Goji Berry Plant

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The Goji berry's scientific name is Lycium barburum. It is commonly known as the Goji Berry Plant. It has an extensive root system and was undoubtedly developed while adapting to the rugged terrain in Mongolia, the plant's native habitat.

Gardening Tips For Grower of the Goji Berry Plant

Nurseries in Utah, found that the Goji Berry Plant also grows well in that region. Once the plant is well-established, it thrives in the near-drought conditions that exist in and around parts of Utah. The plant prefers full sun. That's why nurseries assure local gardeners that lack of shade is not hurdle for proper growth of the Goji Berry Plant

The same nurseries have also provided basic information about the primary features and characteristic of the plant to the local gardeners. But the information was not enough, to define the exact manner in which the plant develops. It suggests that Goji Berry Plant can qualify as either a bush or a vine. It seems to be a bush-like plant with trailing vines that reach out from a bushy center.

Generally, the gardeners should plan to prune the plant when the bush exceeds 8-10 feet, or when the vine reaches out more than 12 feet from the center. Such pruning will ensure its proper growth and increase the flavor of the goji berries. The grower can expect the arrival of berries after the blossom of the plant's flowers. Although Goji berries are of red color, the flowers of the plant come in two colors--purple and white.

The Goji Berry Plant can survive in both hot and cold weather. It can withstand temperatures as low as -15 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit. While the plant grows well in outdoors, but some people prefer to grow it indoors. People grow it the indoors might need to be contented with a single, small plant. In that case use of self-pollination can produce newer plants.

Interestingly, the Utah nurseries do not indicate what sort of insect pollinates the outdoor plants in Utah, nor do they mention what insect pollinates the plants that grow in Mongolia and Tibet. Perhaps it is the wind that is the primary means for pollination outside.

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