Big Lifeberry® Goji

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Extra-large berries make remarkable culinary delights! Enjoy these high-antioxidant fruits fresh, juiced, or dried. Drought-tolerant. Pest- and disease-resistant. Easy to grow and requires minimal pruning. Royal-purple flowers bloom against heather-green foliage in the spring. Long canes may require staking to keep fruit off the ground. Ripens in early summer, and continues to bear until first hard frost. Self-pollinating.

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Bloom Color Purple
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large - Extra Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Early Summer
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 7.0 - 8.0
Taste Sweet, Juicy
Texture Firm, Juicy
Years to Bear 3 - 7
Zone Range 5 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 9
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 6' tall x 3' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 7' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow goji berry plants in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
need this for cross fertilization
packrat1 on Jun 25, 2020
Ive heard very nutricious and sweet, like a healthy snack. I hope will grow in my yard. Im diabetic and need these plants to stsy healthy.
Dorothy S on Apr 30, 2020
need this for cross fertilization
packrat1 on Jun 25, 2020
Hoping for better results than the store bought plants I have tried.
KhongLo on May 10, 2020
Ive heard very nutricious and sweet, like a healthy snack. I hope will grow in my yard. Im diabetic and need these plants to stsy healthy.
Dorothy S on Apr 30, 2020
I have two already that arrived three weeks ago and need one more to make the corner around the back or our fire pit. So far the first two are growing and look great.
W I on Apr 28, 2020
I like this fruit.
qiuyun c on Apr 16, 2020
Andrew L on Mar 14, 2020
Self pollinator and healthy for you.
Leellc on Mar 7, 2020
Tamami S on Apr 6, 2019
PAM E on Feb 6, 2019
I chose These goji because they will produce fruit in between and a little bit downhill of my 5' blueberries. They grow lower (18") and spread pretty wide. With lavender, blueberry, apple and American Chestnut uphill in nicely spaced rows, the hillside is expected to look very nice in a couple years!
Toby A on Nov 3, 2018
Want to try a new variety.
Andrea G on Sep 30, 2018
Trying something new, hoping for a healthy variety for jam or jelly .
Susan O on Apr 30, 2018
Heard good things about its nutritional value. Very prolific producer. Don't care for the taste of fresh berries but I do like them dried.
William K on Dec 29, 2017
high in vit c, vigorous and hardy growth
WENDY H on Feb 2, 2017
I just ordered the fruits today, it says easy to grow and it is self pollinating. I grew one Goji tree when I was in California... it was doing great but I did not see any fruits. I hope it grows well here in MS.
fely mae l on Sep 23, 2016
I'm planting them for all my animal friends. I'm sure they will share!?
Ellayn C on May 27, 2016
I wanted a fruit that I can train on my grape trellis.
Richard B on May 23, 2016
have had these in past, very delicious and great for you.
T.hirt on Apr 22, 2016
Healthful, larger berry
claudia g on Apr 9, 2016
I ordered last year the smaller variety plants that come in a two plant special. They both produced fruit up until a hard frost. I wanted to try the larger variety this time.
Frank W on Mar 22, 2016
Hoping for better results than the store bought plants I have tried.
KhongLo on May 10, 2020
I have two already that arrived three weeks ago and need one more to make the corner around the back or our fire pit. So far the first two are growing and look great.
W I on Apr 28, 2020
Are the Goji plants from seed or cuttings?
Bert Winkler W on Mar 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: These are grown from cuttings to ensure the characteristics of a true-to-name variety.
Can you plant goji berries alongside blueberries?
Ashley G on May 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Blueberries need moist acidic conditions (5.5 - 6.5 pH), while goji's thrive on 8.2 - 8.6 pH, at the opposite end. To deprive them of these essentials only causes stress, which results in fruit lacking in nutrition and flavor. "Side by side" is not a good idea.
My goji berry plant is dying.Leaves are turning yellow and falling off.What can i do to save my plant?
vince on May 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: My guess (educated goji berry grower) is that your roots are in a wad, many nurseries and I mean MANY start their plants with a root barrier cloth and that's stupid because MANY times if not ALL TIMES this cloth which is supposed to allow the roots to grow through it inhibits the root growth instead. Goji berries have a TAP ROOT so also it could be that there is a rock shelf inhibiting the downward growth of the tap root? Believe me goji berries are sooo easy to grow once you get them started that you'll have plenty of new plants this is a very invasive plant by the way and pruning off the thorns is BOGUS!!! HAHAHA. The thorns are hard wood and long and very sharp and the tips break off easily under your skin. It's NO WONDER they are expensive in the store because no matter what they're painful plants to keep in check. Wherever the long canes touch ground a tap root grows.
Is this lycium barbarum?
Alyssa C on Apr 11, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I no longer have the packaging but am sure Stark's can answer that better. It's my understanding that all are wolfberries. this particular variety survives well on my zone 5 windy hill top in direct sun with no winter protection. Does need pruning to keep it under control.
I have bought this Gogi plant in 2013. It's big now but provides about 3-5 berries by the very end of season. Why?
MARINA S on Feb 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Your pH may be too low. Goji berries like alkaline soils. Here in AZ our caliche rich "soil" is mostly rock and the pH is 8.5 but the Goji's seem to like that. If the pH of your soil is wrong you plant can't utilize the nutrients in you soil properly.

Poor pH rather than lack of calcium is what usually causes blossom end rot in tomatoes for example.
The leaves are turning grayish and the plant appears to be in distress. What can we do?
Mammy on Apr 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would try a couple teaspoons of Azomite powder in a quart of water, poured over the base
of the plant. This worked wonders for our Goji plants. They exploded in growth and have been very healthy. You can get Azomite powder on Amazon-it is trace minerals. Hope that helps!
Can I dip the roots in a hydrogel/mycorrhizal slurry before planting?
Ed V on Feb 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I don't see why not. Confirm that you have the right strain so that you aren't throwing money in the ground.
If I plant gojis in the ground in August, will it be enough time for them to be established before winter (in zone 5)?
H I on Aug 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees:
1) when the ground is not frozen.
2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F.
3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
The two Goji plants that you stock for zone 9, are they pollinating partners or should I get two of the same variety?
Mac M on Mar 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: They are self-pollinating, but you will get bigger crops if you plant two. They do not need to be different varieties.

Customer Reviews

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Explosive growth and fruit in the 2nd year
Bought a "Big Lifeberry" and also a "Sweet Lifeberry" for my Zone 5b Chicago yard. I set up a 6 foot trellis when the BL started taking off. It soon proved insufficient - this thing has gone crazy with the longest vines being 14 feet in length. It is fruiting like mad. Meanwhile, the SL remains compact, with vines up to 3 feet long. These plants thrive on neglect and I've read actually respond negatively to fertilizing.

Pruning the tips of the vines seems to encourage side growth and more fruiting. It's nice to still have something producing fruit in late October here with temps in the 50s. However, the fruit is absolutely NOT sweet in any respect. Tastes like a slightly bitter tomato - kind of metallic, like putting your tongue on an almost dead 9-volt battery. So no fresh eating, but they hide well in savory dishes and soups. Haven't tried drying them, maybe that would alter their flavor.

The "Sweet Lifeberry" should be renamed "Slightly Less Bitter and Somewhat Smaller Lifeberry."
October 27, 2016
1St year berries
This plant arrived on time was in great shape and bore fruit it's first fall. Only complaint I have is these berries are far from sweet they taste more like tomatoes. Not at all sweet as they depict in the description
May 19, 2016
over 6 years ago
Beware Goji berries
I bought goji berries a couple of years ago and didn't care for them. I dug them up but the roots keep sprouting all over the place. I can't get rid of the things!
May 31, 2016
First bad experience with Stark
I bought these because they were advertised as "super sweet". Well the plant grew well and bore fruit the year after planting, and the fruit is..... disgusting. Tastes like unripe tomatoes, with a very bitter aftertaste. I still love Stark Bros, they're the best nursery I've ever encountered, and I'll always be their customer, but just know these Goji berries are horrible.
September 29, 2016
Gojis - not the flavor expected
Our goji berry bushes produced in their first year, but the flavor was actually not at all what we expected (having tasted dried goji berries in the past). It may have something to do with the soil or the fertilizer, but I'm inclined to think that fresh goji berries are simply not all that good. I recommend Aronia (Chokeberry) or Juneberries instead - both are more flavorful.
May 20, 2016
over 6 years ago
You'll know what evil tastes like
The plant is nice and goes well with Asian landscapes. It can be trained to an upright after a couple years of support, with several branch canopies at different levels. There are lavendar flowers before the fruit and the fruits look like hot red peppers.

OK.. that's the good. Every few weeks, prepare to trim the long branches that touch the ground (or they will root) and suckers coming from the base that can shoot up higher than the leader. The fruit is HORRIBLE. At first tastes like a mildly sweet tomato, then like you have just chewed on that bitter stuff between pecan halves. And it lingers and coats your tongue. No wonder you only see them covered with chocolate. None of us can stomach them plain.
November 10, 2018
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you for leaving your review. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with this plant. Goji berries are an extraordinary fruit loaded with antioxidants. Not everyone likes to eat them fresh but a lot of us do think they are delicious covered in chocolate. I???ve personally used them in chili and added them to salsa. Your pruning and care tips are greatly appreciated too as I???m sure someone will benefit from them.
November 19, 2018
Tabitha R
Not for North Florida
Mine did well until it got hot for months and they burned up, even with regular watering. The deer really liked them and I had to cage them when it was cool.
November 20, 2016
Hardy plant!
Got my order ASAP in beautiful full condition. It transplanted well and did great its first summer but took a couple of hits first from the lawnmowing service and then again from what I surmise was a deer attack over the winter. However it is thriving this year. Great plant!
May 19, 2016
over 6 years ago
Happy Goji berries
All three plants set well in our Sacramento winter. Have them on two trellises.
May 20, 2016
over 6 years ago
I had high hopes. Went to the website and followed planting, fertilizing and watering instructions. I'm 65 and an experienced gardener. The plant didn't even survive a mild winter in Jacksonville Beach, and it's now only a memory. However, I do appreciate that the company inquired about my satisfaction.
May 29, 2017
over 4 years ago