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Description

Grow your own superfood! Long arching stems feature silver-green foliage, lavender flowers, and brilliant red-orange fruit. Easy-care plants require very little pruning, but will need support to keep fruit off the ground. Goji berries are high in antioxidants — enjoy fresh or dried as a healthy addition to salads, smoothies, salsa, and more. Freeze harvest for nutritious snacks any time! Cold-hardy and heat-tolerant. Ripens starting in July through first hard frost. Self-pollinating.

Characteristics

Bloom Color Purple
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Small
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest July Through Frost
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.5 - 7.5
Taste Unique
Texture Smooth, Juicy
Years to Bear 2 - 3
Zone Range 3 - 10

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 10
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 3 - 6' tall x 3 - 6' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 6' apart to ensure room for growth.

Recommended Pollinators

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.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Because it is dang hot here and these are supposed to be hardy to zone 10. Not only that but they seem to be healthy for me and they look like the bushes on the old age of empires game
jeremy b on Oct 10, 2017
I want to grow a collection of Goji berry plants that are named varieties so that I can find my favorite type.
Scott A M on Feb 26, 2017
Because it is dang hot here and these are supposed to be hardy to zone 10. Not only that but they seem to be healthy for me and they look like the bushes on the old age of empires game
jeremy b on Oct 10, 2017
Fascinated by health claims of the nutritious fruit. I am going to plant it against a retaining wall with some trellis to help support. Edible ornamental.
John R on Mar 4, 2017
I want to grow a collection of Goji berry plants that are named varieties so that I can find my favorite type.
Scott A M on Feb 26, 2017
I saw the price of Goji berries in the supermarket and thought to myself this is significantly cheaper.
NL N on Jul 29, 2016
i want to dry my own thank you
Paul P on Jul 24, 2016
Because the berries are highly nutritious and it will grow in a zone 3.
SUSAN K on May 8, 2016
zone tolerant and great plant for health benefits
debbi g on May 7, 2016
So vary tasty
ryan h on Apr 26, 2016
Smalish garden space, zone 10, easy to grow
Dolores W on Apr 7, 2016
Fascinated by health claims of the nutritious fruit. I am going to plant it against a retaining wall with some trellis to help support. Edible ornamental.
John R on Mar 4, 2017
I saw the price of Goji berries in the supermarket and thought to myself this is significantly cheaper.
NL N on Jul 29, 2016
what is the background on this plant? Does it have any essential characteristic that are different from other goji's? I have several varieties and strains already
Timothy C on Dec 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I live at the edge of zone3-4 so this plants hardiness was the reason for buying.None of the other strains will survive this far north.
It will take 2-3 years before I have any goji berries on my plant?
D. N on Mar 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If there are berries that are growing any earlier, my research says to remove them for the long-term yield. My plants are healthy-looking however, and I am quite excited for the harvest!
I have yet to red where anyone likes how these taste. How do we get a shrub where the fruit is as tasty in its natural state as in the store?
Theresa W on Oct 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: A mix of sweet and tart. Nice balance. I like to eat them fresh picked off the bush. The yield per plant has been pretty low for me but admittedly I haven't done much to them other then plant them and move on. Probably could use some soil amendments. My soils are very acidic soils low in phosphorous. Zone 5b. New England.
Do I need to prune my vermillion sunset goji?
Jared S on Jul 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You don't need to, but you will want to because you'll get a LOT more fruit. Here's how:

In the first year, don't prune the plant at all. In the second year, prune off all stems in the early spring. Leave the largest stem to serve as the main trunk and remove any other shoots. When that main trunk stem gets to be about 2' tall, trip off the tip and that will encourage side-branching. Over the summer, remove shoots from the main trunk that grow at more than a 45?? angle, but leave 3 or 4 shoots that grow at less than a 45?? angle. These branches will produce the fruit. Leave a sturdy vertical shoot near where you trimmed off the main trunk ... that will be next year's main trunk.

In the third year, summer pruning is a must. New shoots will pop out where branches have been removed - this is where most of the fruit will develop. New shoots around the bottom of the plant and in the ground around the plant (which are edible, by the way) should all be removed or they can become invasive. Keep following the "45?? Rule" as described above. You want to end up with a well-shaped plant about 6' tall, with a 3' horizontal canopy that begins at least a foot off the ground. Once you get the hang of it, it will become second nature!
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Is there a way to tell the difference between Vermillion Sunset and Big/Sweet Life berry varieties? I forgot to label properly after planting out. They are all doing great though.
Gary P on Apr 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: In my experience, Vermilion Sunset's leaves are smaller when they first come on after dormancy, but the fruit is more or less the same size as Sweet Lifeberry. Big Lifeberry's fruit is larger, so that one should be easy enough to distinguish once the plants are fruiting.

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Vermilion Sunset Goji
The plant has very rampant growth habit, spreads widely via underground rhizomes and its production is not enough to justify all the space it takes up. I do not recommend this invasive plant.
January 21, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
nice plant
I potted it up into a one gallon pot for the winter. Now it is full of new growth and I hope to get some berries. Very healthy and the shipping packaging was great.
March 13, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Beautiful plant but hasn't set fruit yet.
I purchased in May of 2014. The plant grew well and survived the winter. 2015, the plant grew HUGE and was full of flowers, but no fruit set. I have it in strong morning sun - 5-6 hours. I am not the greatest at watering :( so maybe this is my problem. I will water more this spring. I'm hoping to have fruit this year and if not, maybe move to full sun location.
May 12, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Waiting to see if Goji made it.
This Goji was shipped in pretty rough shape as did the honey berries but all came back nicely. Stark Tre-Pep was used to fertilize all. I feel that decent growth was made during the first season. Now it's May 12th and waiting to see if it survived the first zone 4b winter.
May 12, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Vermillion Sunset Goji comments
I planted it last spring and it grew lots of branches that were almost 3 feet long. I live in zone 4 in N/E Wisconsin, -- it made it through the winter in perfect condition. I am writing this May 19'th and so it has not started blooming yet, but it has new leaves all up and down the branches. Bill
May 19, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
It's growing!
Our little Goji Berry has doubled in size and seems very happy in our Southern California yard! No berries yet but I am sure we will see some this year!
It is a wild little guy and needs trellis or caging if you want it to stay in one place. I put four posts in the ground and wound twine around them. Works great! The shrub pokes out the sides and stays in place. ??
May 16, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Very happy
My plants arrived healthy and are still coming back every year. Highly recommend
May 16, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Good growth
Plant was of good size and following growing season produced a very large bush. Can't wait for fruit to bear
May 23, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Too soon to tell. It appears to have been tipped over during transit and the roots
exposed. Am hoping. Weather is too cool to move out doors as yet.
May 18, 2017
Purchased
6 months ago
The Goji Berry plant is very hardy planted it last year I even planted some in another pot from clippings they are growing. but no berries yet. maybe this year.
May 18, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
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