My plants are only about 6 inches tall so would it be better to plant them in the garden now or keep them in pots to get bigger and put them out in the fall or next spring?
You could always prune and use trimmings for chop'n'drop mulch.
I'd also say that putting them in the ground sooner would be better.
They get used to the climate and can put out permanent roots. They might need some shade protection, too if summers are hot.
I also just bought some, and I'm excited to put them in.
Cam Mitchell wrote:How long did it take to get a yield? I've read it's 2-4 years. Also, what varieties do you have?
We purchased Kamchatka and Blue Velvet in 2011 (source: Burnt Ridge); they are supposed to flower at similar times and cross-pollinate. They were pretty small, but with some coaxing, they did well - no fault of the nursery - mostly just the conditions I put them in (surrounded by grass and morning glory--cardboard and mulch did not deter them). Also, one of them accidentally got whacked in weeding, and it still pulled through. Last year, we planted Blue Moon, Blue Pacific, and Blue Sky (also Burnt Ridge) and Borealis (Forest Farm). They are larger plants and are doing great - planted them in a different place, on the edge of a blueberry patch. So yes, I would say 2 years under most conditions. I think I would like to try some cuttings this year - or maybe layering.
Just yesterday, I was delighted to see some were already ripe (by far the first berry in my region), and I sample them with my 2 and 4 year olds - there was disagreement about whether they were fully ripe, but either way were good. They look a lot like blueberries in colour, but I consider the taste a bit closer to raspberries, though a bit on the tart side (like I said, they are likely not fully ripe, but anyone with kids (or who has been a kid around berries) knows they can take it pretty tart sometimes!
As to planting out small stock - I have mixed feelings on that too. It really depends on the stock. I planted out tiny beach plums - and they are thriving. In small pots, not very well watered, they were fine - even when the soil got hard in the pot from not enough water - a very tough plant. I planted tiny jujube out in the ground - barely alive a year later. The same size plants, kept by a friend in a pot with a lot of care, are really thriving. Depends on the amount of care you are able to give, and how much you want to select for really strong genetics. And how much money you have to buy more stock if you lose it and don't have any other way to get it.
I have made so many mistakes planting in the wrong locations that I'm afraid to keep doing that.
I bought goji berries this year and potted them because they were so small and they are barely alive. I don't know what I did wrong there.
So I ordered 2 more. They were very small but I cleared out a spot in a fenced in area where there were no animals. Unfortunately, the big LGD decided she needed a break from the sheep and went over to my nice, cleaned out spot and ripped them out.
I just ordered 2 more on clearance.
However, I did not get much berries yet. There were only a few berries on 2 of the bushes last year, and a few berries on all 3 bushes this year.
This year, all 3 bushes flowered nicely in early spring, and then... started growing. They are lush and green, with only a few berries deep inside the bush, since they grew so much.
I wonder what went wrong. Did they bloom too early, when there were virtually no insects? Did I over fertilize? Are they too young yet? I have Cinderella, Tundra and Borealis.
Julie Bernhardt wrote:I bought goji berries this year and potted them because they were so small and they are barely alive. I don't know what I did wrong there.
It's probably nothing that you did. I've noticed that when I plant them from seed that some of them are very vigorous and some don't do much at all. If you have some goji berries you could plant them and then keep the vigorous ones. I just tear the berry in half and plant one half per pot, then thin them to a single seedling as soon as you see them coming up with some scissors. They'll grow faster if you thin them right away.
I think a bag of goji berries cost around 20 bucks....and you can get thousands of seeds from that one bag. If you want to separate each seed individually from the goji berry then soak the berry until it absorbs water, then it's fairly simple to remove each individual seed.
Julie Bernhardt wrote:I still don't have them in the ground. I didn't know that the pollinator had less berries. I bought 2 two plant collections from Stark brothers so I have 4 varieties but I don't know which ones are the pollinators. I'm attaching pictures of where I am planning to put them. This is south of a brick house on site 1 and south west of the house on site 2.
Where your pots are looks good. Just imagine a 3 foot circle, since it's the space it will take. Don't worry about which is the pollinator. They are all pollinators of each other. They will all produce fruit, just some a little more than others.
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