Goji berries are not generally difficult to grow;
- They tolerate light shade, but should be grown in full sun for best crop
- They are hardy and, once established, will tolerate wind, salt-laden air (such as coastal gardens) and drought
Plant in free-draining soil that has been enriched with well-rotted garden compost or manure. Space plants at least 2m (6½ft) apart. Feed in spring with a general purpose fertiliser such as Growmore at 70g per sq m (2oz per sq yd).
Choose a container with good drainage holes, and use a John Innes No 2 potting compost with added grit or sharp sand. Apply a liquid fertiliser (such as tomato feed) fortnightly during the growing season.
Plants begin to fruit after two-to-three years. Harvest berries from late summer until the first frosts. Only fully ripe fruit are edible. Fruit can turn black when handled so consider harvesting by shaking the berries gently from the plant onto a sheet placed beneath.