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Goji Berry, a Xeriscapic, Easy To Grow and Good for You Shrub

By dave
June 18, 2015

I've been growing Gojiberries for several years now and have been so successful, I wanted to share this plant with everyone. If you've never grown this useful shrub, this article will motivate you to make it happen.

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Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
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Mutisia
Jun 17, 2015 8:02 PM CST
Very interesting article, Dave.

1. Will rabbits eat them?
2. How about mice?
3. Are the dry fruits sweet?
4. Can they be grown from seeds?

Sorry for so many questions, but I am really interested.
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jun 18, 2015 7:44 AM CST

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I'm sure rabbits will eat them, given that the leaves are edible. Mice, I can't say. We don't have a lot of mice thanks to our cats. The dry fruits aren't exactly sweet but they're not bitter. They remind me a bit of rose hips. I've never grown them from seed.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 18, 2015 7:52 AM CST
I eat the dried fruits & to me they are sweet - a bit of a gritty feeling but not much ~~~ the sweet seems to get stronger after you've chewed it a bit. Just my opinion or taste buds but the type of sweet isn't like sugar it's more like a stevia kind of sweetness. I have never had fresh ones & can't wait to try them. I also use the dried ones in snack bars along with other fruit & nuts. Next time I make a coffee cake I'm going to throw some in along with the dried apricots & raisins.
I was Googling last night & saw seeds for sale.
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Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
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Mutisia
Jun 18, 2015 11:28 AM CST
Thank you for your reply, Dave.

It's good they are not too sweet and that rabbits don't eat them. I live right in the middle of the wild, at the entry of a narrow creek (surrounded by mountains and native woods - beautiful!). I have two cats (both very good hunters!) and no mice inside the house, but out there ...... many (including rats - eeeekkk). Due to the persistent draught, all these rodents eat my flower plants/roots/bulbs Sighing! now that it is cold and the cats stay in the house during night.

Great article! I will give Goji a try.

Thank you very much for your input, Ann. Your info. is of great value to me. I am used to Stevia, so that's no problem. I have added all kinds of stuff to my tea (ginger slices, crushed cardamom seeds, etc), but, so far, only milk to my coffee. I will have to try dry fruit now! Will Google for seeds right away.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 18, 2015 11:35 AM CST
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