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Can anyone share experiences growing goji berries from seed?
Let me know what type of soil, sun exposure you have and how that has worked for you.
I'm interested in growing my own in Kapiti Coast, New Zealand (climate roughly equivalent to US zones 9 or 10, I believe)
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I sprouted some, which was easy. I treated them like tomatoes or peppers.

But the plants proved sickly and weak once outside and soon died off. Probably operator error. I will try again next spring.
 
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Goji berries are in the same family as tomatoes. So I grew them as if I were growing tomatoes for transplant. Snails (I suppose) really got after them in the greenhouse.

Mature goji berry plants survive in the deep desert around here in full sun, so I presume that means that they are very drought tolerant. The soil in the desert where they grow is derived from limestone, so it's alkaline.

 
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Mature goji berry plants survive in the deep desert around here in full sun, so I presume that means that they are very drought tolerant.


JL Hudson, Seedsman offers 2 varieties - the 'normal' Chinese, and one from the Sonoran Desert of Mexico.

The Chinese one is hardy to Zone 5, and the Sonaran one should be even more drought tolerant. (I would water it like a tomato or pepper for the first year, and then, probably leave it be after that.)

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I'm in Canterbury, NZ and I have a dozen plants I've raised from seed. There not doing brilliantly so far but they're about 20cm tall. They have to fight against rampant twitch grass here so they have a bit of a struggle ahead.

Apparently they do well in frosty environments as they're from the Andes... I had one plant in before last winter, it appeared to die off but has resprouted this spring nicely. We had a couple of 6deg frosts, which were hard on everything...
 
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I started Goji Berries indoors from seeds I bought on Ebay. I planted them in the spring of 2014. About half sprouted but almost all of them survived once I planted outside. This fall a few of them actually had a few Goji Berries. I was surprised they fruited in the fall. I planted them in nice garden soil but also in the dirt under a coniferous bush I cut down and I didn't notice any difference in growth. I did try to transplant a few this spring but they died right away. So maybe they don't transplant well. I planted them all in full sun. Hope this helps!
 
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I have several plants grown from seed, which germinated well in trays in the plastic house, and did well in pots outside. Now they are in their final positions (full sun and dry) they are struggling a bit but most (about 70%) are still going after last summer drought and last winter being reasonably cold (-5 or -6 centigrade)
We are in North Canterbury (New Zealand). Soil is clay.
 
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