Sweet Lifeberry® Goji

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Perfect for snacking! Enjoy clusters of berries that are high in antioxidants, and sweet when dried. In the spring, these pest- and disease-resistant plants develop showy purple flowers against gorgeous green foliage. Easy-care plants grow well in almost any well-drained soil and are also drought-tolerant. Minimal pruning is needed. Long canes may require staking to keep fruit off the ground. Ripens in early summer, and continues to bear till 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
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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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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
curious about them heard they were good
Cynthia B on Feb 7, 2021
It is a super healthy fruit! Would be tremendous to have in the garden.
Andrea d on Jun 23, 2020
curious about them heard they were good
Cynthia B on Feb 7, 2021
wife is from taiwan and wanted some
Bruce E on Jun 23, 2020
It is a super healthy fruit! Would be tremendous to have in the garden.
Andrea d on Jun 23, 2020
For the health benefits
Rebecca M on May 12, 2020
Interested in a new fruit
charles c on May 10, 2020
Wanted to try them and see how they grew in my area.
Timothy C on Mar 23, 2020
I've always wanted to try these and they've healthy for you
Sheri C on Mar 22, 2020
self pollinator and healthy for you.
Leellc on Mar 7, 2020
Going to start a fence of them and they were on sale.
Mike Rauh on Feb 19, 2020
Good deal and I like these. Going to grow them in the greenhouse. Maybe I???ll get year round Goji berry
Susan A on Feb 1, 2020
Enjoy the berries
Gankak K on Jan 17, 2020
Good with chocolate
MARY C on Jan 11, 2020
just to throw in a wildcard
Misty B on Dec 24, 2019
Super food nutrition
Barbara K on Aug 21, 2019
I like the health benefits of goji berries.
Kathryn D on Jun 24, 2019
For the snacks and delicious treats
Ashley D on Jun 24, 2019
Robin M on Jun 14, 2019
Research that I conducted shows that the goji fruit is high in antioxidants
Edward G on May 22, 2019
Something new and healthy to try. Also great price from a trusted source, larger than bare root plants sold in local stores.
Michelle G on May 21, 2019
can't wait to try them
sue b on Apr 16, 2019
Quick bearing, easy to care for, healthy berry.
lawrence p s on Mar 12, 2019
Growing this superfood for the health benefits.
Karen R on Feb 14, 2019
Like the taste and health benefits but have not had fresh ones.
PATRICIA F on Jan 11, 2019
Healthy addition to the berry patch
Mark F on Oct 23, 2018
Want to try this variety.
Andrea G on Sep 30, 2018
Pollinator for my other Goji.
Brian J on Jun 19, 2018
Full selection of all 3 of your offerings. Nice plants. Thanks!
gary c on May 1, 2018
gogi good for you, grew a few from another site- but no fruit
Harry on Feb 25, 2017
This goji was productive in its first year!
NICOLE R on Sep 4, 2016
I wanted to try and grow it for new, healthy fruit.
CHARLENE C. on May 11, 2016
I liked what I read about it: Heat tolerant and produces a lot of sweet fruit, plus, it was on sale.
Griselda A on Mar 23, 2016
Super rich in antioxidants and once established is a prolific producer!
Linda P on Mar 22, 2016
wife is from taiwan and wanted some
Bruce E on Jun 23, 2020
For the health benefits
Rebecca M on May 12, 2020
Native wolf berries are deer and rabbit resistant. Are these Asian domestic vulnerable to being critter chewed?
Bluehare on Feb 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Not in my limited experience. I planted the "sweet" and "big" cultivars in my yard this past spring and both were nommed to the ground multiple times. I'm assuming the neighborhood deer got them.

Eventually I wrapped them with chicken wire and I'm impressed that they've come back as well as they have. The sweet cultivar actually popped some berries this past week, I'm really hoping they ripen before the first frost!
Is it possible for Goji to cross-pollinate with a non-related plant? One of my gojis is producing berries and tastes like peppers. I do have peppers planted close by. Thnx.
Christina H on Jul 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They wouldn't cross pollinate and, even if they did, the results would be in the seeds not the fruit. Both capsicum (peppers) and gojis are in the Solanaceae (nightshade) family, so what you're picking up may simply be some similarities in flavor. I've eaten gojis fresh that tasted a little like tomatoes and a little like peppers. Gojis take on their own sweet, distinct taste when dried though!
Do these berries act like blackberries and raspberries by spreading underground and popping up somewhere else?
Mona S on Mar 1, 2016
well to answer your question yes and no. Yes, because eventually the goji berries i have grown will spread new shoots close to the stem. No, because it is not as invasive and doesnt spread as fast. I like to use a tomato cage or trellis to support the vertical growth and cut back new shoots to develop a stronger stalk.
What type of soil are they heatolerant and drought resistant?
Dolores H on Jun 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Our soil is basic clay but I have added a lot of mulch chips mixed in to it. Average Indiana rainfall and I watered several times when I first planted them. I have them in partial shade - meaning, from 9am to 3 pm they get direct hot sun, but then it goes in shade and they are cooler. They are drought resistant once they are well rooted. Mine is getting super bushy right now and I only water it 1-2x a month. We are having an extremely hot, dry "spring" which is looking more like August hot summer. Hope that helps!
Are goji berry plants deciduous or evergreen?
Chava W on May 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: In zone 7 they are deciduous.
Do these plants have thorns?
Jennifer H on Aug 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Funny you should ask! 80% of the plant does not - they are not like raspberries or blackberries that way. But when you least expect there are a couple of them on the plant! Not a big deal when you are picking and you have to look for them. But there are a few of them.
What sun should these be in?
Lladi M on Jul 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have two goji plants doing well, both getting direct sunlight from about 11 am on.The on growing in a hugelkultur-type raised bed is doing the best. Both are heavily mulched with compost and wood chips.
how large are the berries?
Greg S on Oct 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The berries I get are about the size of raisins.
Hi! I wish to order several varieties of the Gojiberry and would like to know how mature your plants are and how long before they bare fruit?
Tina G on Sep 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. You can find the years-to-bear information in the Characteristics section, near the top of the page, underneath the description. This tree takes 3-7 years to bear. Currently only offered in a 1 quart pot so they are 6 months to 1 year old plants.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Do gogi berry do well in tubs?
Carol R on May 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Mine is planted in a 10 inch pot, it hasn???t grown up to be a big plant , it is still alive, and last year it gave me a few berries.
what is latin name ?
James O on Jan 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This is a Lycium barbarum 'Sweet Lifeberry'.

Customer Reviews

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Goji Berry
I was led to believe that Goji berries are sweet but the plant I received and planted does not produce a berry that has any sweetness at all.
May 2, 2017
over 5 years ago
Hardy plant :)) luv it
We had the coldest winter of the decade and this plant was buried 6feet deep in snow and is now shooting up like a rocket, great for propogation and you can train these like vines
May 11, 2016
over 6 years ago
Super Goji
Planted this goji bush last spring. It grew very well through the summer and produced numerous berries the first season. This bush has woody thorns that we didn't want our dog to get into. So we decided to dig it up and move it in late autumn. This spring it came back very lush and healthy. We are in zone 6a.
The berry itself is interesting with a taste that is a combination of a sweet pepper and a tomato.
May 10, 2017
over 4 years ago
Great vigorous growth after 1 year
Highly recommend this. Please try them before buying and planting. They have a sweet front taste in your mouth but then a bitter back taste. Probably be good for juicing. I grew them for there hype and uniqueness thinking maybe the kids would eat them, this was not the case. I have had to prune it and have trained it up and over cattle panel into an arch shape that I can walk under. It has grown extremely vigorously. There are canes that have some thorns on them so just be aware.
April 19, 2018
Goji Berry??
I really meant to order a couple of current bushes, but they were sold out, so I ordered goji berries instead, not knowing anything about them except what I read in the catalog. What a delight when they started bearing sweet little red fruits the first summer! This is their second season, and both bushes are thriving and healthy ~ ready once again, to provide delightful snacks! I would highly recommend these to anyone.
May 25, 2016
over 5 years ago
Lifeberry Goji berries taste awful.
Unfortunately, only good thing about these several berry plants I purchased are the leaves. I thought that was just my soil that have made them tasted like that untilI I saw a few customers reviews posted on YouTube, they also have experienced the same issues. I think PW should take the plants off the market. No, I would never recommend any Lifeberry goji plants to anyone. It is just a waste of time and money.
May 26, 2017
over 4 years ago
Grow fast
I was able to enjoy many berries by the end of the season. This plant even survived the bitter New York winter.
May 25, 2017
over 4 years ago
Response from Stark Bro's
We appreciate your positive feed back. Thank you for choosing Stark Bro's for your planting needs. Your planting success is important to us.
May 26, 2017
Elizabeth D Staff
Excellent Goji plant
I am very satisfied with this purchased... copious harvest! Grows well and fast.
May 8, 2016
over 6 years ago
Grow well in a morning sun area but taste awful
The best flavored goji berries ripen in the late fall in my STL area garden, but they still taste awful. They have a lightly sweet and very bitter flavor all at the same time. My husband eats any type of berry, he even likes aronia berries dried, but he told me to dig this bush up and get rid of it. Also, the stems grow quickly and can quickly turn into a thicket. I had to trim it several times over the spring. I do NOT recommend this bush to anyone!
June 1, 2017
1st year berries
vigorous and growing early in the season, coming up on the 2nd season and it very healthy.
May 7, 2017