Lycium barbarum ‘Shanghai Express’
Perennial zones 3-9
This is the first improved selection of gojiberry that is grown from seeds.
It produces red gojiberries the first year when seeds are started early enough indoors — about 3 months before outdoor planting time.
The sweet berries can be eaten fresh or added to soups and stews.
Over the past decade there has been an explosion of interest in this herb. Ht. 16-20′
Lycium barbarum. Goji berries have had lots of media attention in recent years, and are thought to be a super-food. They are certainly rich in nutrients, being packed with vitamins and minerals as well as amino acids and essential fatty acids. Five carotenoids are found in Goji berries: beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein, lycopene, and cryptoxanthin. All of these are reputed to contribute to overall health and disease resistance in humans. Even the leaves of the Goji plant are edible and nutritious!
In its third year of growth, Shanghai Express goji seeds Goji plant can produce over 6 lbs of fruit. Shanghai Express is a wonderful variety that grows well in northern latitudes. Plants are extremely cold hardy
Sow indoors about 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost. It’s important to cultivate strong seedlings, so once the seeds sprout, use generous artificial light.
Sow 2 to 3 seeds in each pot, about ¼” deep. Use a sterilized seed starting mix, and do not add fertilizer. Keep soil moist until seeds germinate, and then put under bright lights. After the third true leaf emerges, transplant each seedling on to its own individual pot. Gentle hardening off of seedlings is essential in order to avoid transplant shock.
Goji is a shrubby plant that can, in time, grow 3-10′. Growers space Goji plants 24″ apart in rows that are 6′ apart. Spaced this way, 15 plants in a 30 foot row can produce up to 100 lbs of berries in a year. Goji is self -pollinating, so even a single plant will produce fruit.
Goji is unusual in that it prefers relatively infertile, slightly alkaline soil with a pH range of 6.8 to 8.1. Goji reacts poorly to fertilizer and manure, so if you’re growing in a large container, use simple top soil with some perlite mixed in for drainage. Avoid peat-based soils.
If severe winter weather is expected, it is wise to mulch around the bases of your Goji plants, or move container plants into a cool but frost free area such as a garage.
Pack 30+ seeds. 5.00