Crimson Star™ Goji Berry

Crimson Star™ Goji Berry


These sweet, super nutritious berries have been renowned for centuries in China for a nearly boundless list of health benefits. Enjoyable fresh or dried like raisins, the fruit is high in anti-oxidants, amino acids and contains more beta-carotene than carrots. The plants have a dense, spiny, vining habit, reach 8-10 feet at maturity, and prefer well-drained soil with full sun exposure. Goji berries are self-fertile and bloom in early summer with lavender, trumpet-shaped flowers followed by glossy, red berries. Naturally disease and pest resistant. Plants are approximately 1/2-1 foot tall. Hardy in zone 6 and above.

Goji Berries are 1 year old and ship at the end of April/beginning of May in 3 1/2 inch containers. Order early for best availability. Detailed planting instructions are included with each order

PLEASE READ: Not available to HI, US Territories, or Canada.

   Full Sun
   Partial Shade
Ships end of April/beginning of May
  • XF149/C
  • 1 plant
  • $19.95
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Plant HeightPlant SpacingHardiness ZoneBearing AgeRipening TimePollinator Required
8-10'6-8'61-2 yearsLate summer/fallNo

Lycium barbarum

Initial Instructions
Plant your Goji Berry in an area with well-drained, not soggy soil. In mild climates full sun exposure is best; in warmer climates the plant appreciates protection from the sun during the hottest part of the day.

Water regularly during the first growing season. Goji Berries are drought tolerant once established. Pruning is not required for fruit production, but the plants will respond well if pruned for shaping purposes.

Pests & Diseases
Goji Berry is not bothered by pests or diseases.

Soil Type
Well drained soil.

Light Requirements
Full sun to partial shade.

Goji Berry is hardy to -10°F.

Up to 1 quart.
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Goji update
Jun 7, 2013  |  By Gerry Girman
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This is the third season since planting this Goji in a full sun situation in southern Indiana and the second year since planting another Crimson Star in a partly shady area. The one planted in full sun produced over 250 tasty and good sized berries in the second year and is once again flowering profusely while increasing in size this year. At this point it looks like one could either let it grow as a bush or train it as a vine. Also at this point I am not quite sure if the most productive shoots need to be at a 45 degree angle. Other shoots I have left to grow that have formed at a lesser angle are also flowering quite profusely. In the first season of the goji planted in a partly sunny location there appeared one flower in November, but no berry was produced. This is compared to the dozen + berries that were produced after the same amount of time with the one grown in full sun. This year is different. The partly shady plant is now larger and has begun producing flowers about three weeks after the one planted in full sun. There is a good chance berries will form this year on the this plant. Time will tell if they are as large and tasty as those produced from the one in full sun.
Finally a Goji that produces
May 28, 2012  |  By Gerry Girman
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After trying other varieties that bloomed profusely but created 0 to very few tiny berries, I find that the Crimson Star actually produced a few dozen good sized and tasty berries the first season it was planted (2011). It came back nicely this year and is once again beginning to produce flowers. I am experimenting with pruning techniques (with info gathered from the internet) to maximize fruit production. So far this one looks more like a vine than a bush - it has grown very tall from one single trunk, with many side shoots forming. Supposedly any side branches that grow at a 45 degree angle or more relative to the vertical growth will produce the most. This appears to be true so far from my experience. I bought another one this year to try in a partly shady area - now that I know the one planted in full sun is capable. These plants resemble small twigs when received, but they both have had adequate development of roots to let them take hold. So, finally, after 10 years of effort it is great to have a successful Goji that produces good tasting berries. If growing out in the open soil (which is what I have always done) it is a good idea to be prepared to protect it from all kinds of creatures until it is firmly established. It seems just about anything from pill bugs to slugs to rabbits to deer can do severe damage. I still have last years plant surrounded with a type of cage to keep rabbits and deer away. Time will tell whether it will form nicely into a bush or if it would work better as a vine on a structure. Thanks!