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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Jun 17, 2015 8:02 PM CST
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
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.
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Jun 18, 2015 7:44 AM CST
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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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.
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Jun 18, 2015 7:52 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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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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Jun 18, 2015 11:28 AM CST
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
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.
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Jun 18, 2015 11:35 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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