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Garden Seedling | Goji Berry Shanghai Express

Garden Seedling | Goji Berry Shanghai Express

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These seedlings were started right her in Calgary, grown all organically without the use of any sprays or pesticides.

Season and zone

Exposure: Full sun
Zone: Hardy to Zone 3 — Goji dislikes extreme cold or heat


Goji is a shrubby plant that can, in time, grow 1-3m (3-10′) tall. Growers space Goji plants 60cm (24″) apart in rows that are 2m (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 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 Goji plants, or move container plants into a cool but frost free area such as a garage.

More about the goji plant

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 to -20°C (-4°F).

This makes them zone 3 hardy perfect for calgary !


    • Super-food rich in nutrients
    • Can produce 6 lbs of fruit in third year
    • Berries can be frozen or dried
    • Contains five carotenoids
    • Leaves are edible and nutritious
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