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Scored some black goji seeds, now what?

 
Renate Howard
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I swapped for some black goji berry seeds from someone on Dave's Garden. They're starting to sprout now. I'd love to have some in the yard, but I don't know anyone who grows them and especially the black kind, which are supposed to be even better than the red ones, but I've found no cultural information on them! I got them from someone in PA so I guess they'll be winter-hardy in my zone 6B garden. Can I put them in the vegetable garden to grow out for a year then transplant them? Do they need winter protection the first year? I've seen that on some instructions for the regular goji berries.

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Does that person have more to swap? I want some! I do not have any info on growing them vs the standard red, sorry.
 
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Sorry, no. She thought she was out and told me so, but then contacted me again that she found one more berry and sent me the seed from that. I'm pretty happy they're sprouting pretty quickly.

I wonder if you can grow the seeds from the dried goji berries you can buy or if they've been heated to dry them? Now I have to go look to see if I have any of those left!
 
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Thought I would ask. Dried seeds can sprout, based on how they were dried. Low heat, air, or sun dried often are still viable...perhaps I will try, too!
 
Jen Shrock
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Ladies....I am the Dave's Garden gal that the seeds came from.

I have a small trade available. Cortland, shoot me a PM. Do you have anything you can tempt me to trade with?

I must say that it has been sort of funny watching this thread (I looked at it yesterday) and knowing the behind the scenes stuff about it.
 
Renate Howard
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Hi Jen!

So how do you care for the original plant? (I'm guessing since you're posting on here that you don't mind answering?)

ETA: 9 sprouting so far.
 
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I am learning like you, Renate.
 
Dave Miller
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I have never even heard of black goji, sounds interesting.

A few years ago I grew about 50 red goji from seed. I lost a lot of them to slugs once I put them outside. I would try to protect them from slugs until they are about 3 feet tall.
 
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@Dave...

How unfortunate! I hope you found a good solution to the slug population. (Poultry and beer help.) Not as in, "what's for dinner?"; rather, fowl finding the slugs as the answer to that quiry; and, for the few slug that live through dinner...may they drown your sorrows in a glass bowl of beer. The snails may join them, too.
 
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Cortland Satsuma wrote:@Dave...

How unfortunate! I hope you found a good solution to the slug population. (Poultry and beer help.) Not as in, "what's for dinner?"; rather, fowl finding the slugs as the answer to that quiry; and, for the few slug that live through dinner...may they drown your sorrows in a glass bowl of beer. The snails may join them, too.


Thanks Cortland. I have tried many different things for slugs. What I have found most effective is a daily walk through the yard with an old pair of scissors. No chicken or dish of beer will kill a slug that is 3 feet up in my goji plants, but a pair of scissors certainly will. I know that sounds gross and it is, but you get used to it fast, if you have a lot of slugs. By doing it every day it has dramatically dropped my slug population.
 
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