You must have heard about the many health benefits of this “superfruit” by now.
Goji berries can be found in health food stores, usually in the form of dried fruit.
Goji (Lycium and Lycium Chinese) is a plant of the Solanacea family, a shrub that can reach a height up to three meters. It blooms during the whole summer season and gives its fruits in autumn. Experienced gardeners advise not to pick goji berries by hand but to shake them off of the shrub.
In 2006,goji berries were named a “superfruit” by the Time magazine, due to their strong antioxidant property.
The consumption of goji berries is recommended in case of diabetes, hypertension, malaria, fever, and carcinoma. They are also known to help improve blood circulation, soothe vertigos, and serve as a great tonic for blurry sight and other problems with eye health.
In addition, goji berries help to strengthen the muscles and bones, and they are used as an effective tonic for the heart, liver and kidneys. They also effectively reduce excess sweating, thirst, irritability, and nosebleed, among many other things.
The berries can be eaten raw or dried, and their taste is similar to raisins. You can prepare teas, juices, liquors, and other drinks from goji berries, and use them as addition to mealsas well.
How to Grow Goji Berries?
- Planting goji seedlings
Goji shrubs want a lot of sunlight, so it is best to plant them in a place exposed to sun during the whole day. They are usually planted in the period from April 20till late autumn. If you decide to plant them during the summer season, then you should water them more frequently.
The soil should have a pH value of 6.5 and you shouldn’t plant goji berries near pine trees because the pine needlesare known to acidify the soil.
Goji shrubs should be planted in holes the size of 40x40x40 cm at a distance of approximately 1 meter from each other. At the bottom of the pit, you should put well decomposed manure or dehydrated manure into pellets. Then, place the excavated soil onto the fertilizer in order to keep depth of approximately 15-20 cm, and put the substrate under the goji seedlings.
A small amount of substrate should be placed near the seedlings as well, and the rest of it should be buried with the excavated soil. Water the whole surface that you’ve dug. You can put a stick near the plant, onto which the plant can be tighten. Whilst the plant is young, it should be watered regularly.
The goji plants (their surface) should be fertilized every autumn and spring.
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