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anyone grow gojis?

 
Thomas warren
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I ordered ten goji roots, phoenix tears variety, and have potted them on leiu of warm weather and they are beginning to wake up and form leafs.
I've read some contradictory stuff on them, though consensus seems to be mildly alkaline soil with good drainage is best. Nitrogen bad.
Since I got to work with the soil I got, which is rather silty loam, I dug down about 24 inches and removed enough gravel to cover my driveway, and below the rock the silt buildup is pretty solid. I've loosened it what I can with a shovel. I got some sand to mix with it come planting season.
I live in E WA state, which I hear at least theoretically is a good growing climate and have heard of others growing them with success in the area.
So my questions are:
What type of soil have you found to be good or bad?
How do you feed it?
How much water?
When can you put them in the ground?
How far down should I loosen compacted soil?
Mulch?
What kind of spacing works?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
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Thomas, I don't know if anybody here has enough experience to answer all your questions, but a few of us were talking about our Goji efforts in this thread last year. Maybe it will help?

 
Thomas warren
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Heres my progress so far. This is the biggest one. Seven have woken up so far.
They'll be in pots probably til the end of April due to a late frosty season here in E WA.
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Thomas warren
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And thanks BTW. I'll go through that whole thread with great interest.
 
Thomas warren
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Looks like I'll be starting some from seed as well...
 
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Oh, very nice! None of my seedlings last year got that big.
 
Thomas warren
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This was from a one year old root. Kinda cheating, bit I'm OK with that.
 
Thomas warren
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Six weeks ish
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Thomas warren
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Those roots in the pics are now five large bushes, from which I have dug up almost a dozen other sucker's and there is still more, made 30 cuttings so far, and they had a decent crop last summer. Will post pics when I find them.
These are pretty cool.
 
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It would seem that goji likes chalky soil.

When it's not happy, it still produces fruit, but... At our location we call it yukberry. I consider the taste a mix of watermelon and old socks.
 
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I put a goji in one of my mini kraters. I did mulch around it. We have clay soil. I haven't done anything else. I didn't even water it and we get an average of 11 inches of water a year. It's still alive, though the rabbits ate the tops off, it's got leaves popping out lower.

I think people can over complicate plants. Just plant it. If it doesn't grow well in your location than don't grow it. That's my professional opinion. Or at least the opinion of a lazy permaculture orchardist.
 
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My experience with gojis is that they are very easy to grow, seeds germinate fast and quickly send down a long taproot. Our soil is on the clayish side and they grow vigorously every year. I'm pruning back the long canes in the winter and they come back strong the next year. Propagating from cuttings is also very easy. It's an interesting plant and the berries are delicious fresh, juiced on added to salads. This year I want to try to dehydrate them.
 
Thomas warren
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I've found once they establish, which is pretty quick, they don't need water.
I read a thing on how they grow in China, and they irrigate them in the spring (we get spring rains here so I didn't bother) and they fruit better without water, and they like hot and dry. So with my 7 of rain per year and record heat wave and drought last summer, they did great.
 
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