Our Lycium seed is taken from our seed grown plants which are at least second or third generation Australian or taken as cuttings from these plants.
While there are many species of Lycium, there are two basic varieties that are maintained as producers of the berry. We have been selling both varieties across Australia since 2005 and have received amazing reports of success from every corner of the country..
The Lycium barbarum variety grows as a shrub and can get to 2.5m high and across.
It will grow well in any sunny position as long as the soil has some drainage.
It needs to be trimmed back at least every winter. It must be noted that it is a deciduous shrub and will drop all of it's leaves, indicating that it is time to prune it back quite hard.
Pruning also increases crop yield.
Lycium barbarum flowers during Spring and fruits in late Spring and Summer.
If trimmed back after fruiting it may fruit again in February. Grow notes and tips are available for download Here.
While they are perhaps not the most decorative of plants in the garden, their ability to produce at least one and usually two crops of berry a year makes them a worthwhile inclusion in any garden situation
It is trimmed back twice a year to encourage new wood to come from the roots. We no longer sell potted plants individually and will only prepare large orders for potted plants with the correct amount of leadtime.
Traditional Chinese Medicine holds a strong belief that this fruit can significantly extend life. The root bark, (from L.chinense only, not L.barbarum) as decoction, certainly aids respiratory ailments. We have used it as such.
The dried berries are usually for sale in the health food stores as 'Goji', but that frequently means a combination of L.chinense and L.barbarum and L.fericossimum. You just never know.
For all intents and purposes, regarding the fruit, they seem identical. Even the much maligned 'African Boxthorn' has highly edible and nutritious fruit that are hard to distinguish from any of the other varieties.
We have been growing these berries for many years and, while we do feel that many of the claims made about them are overstated and unsubstantiated, they are a wonderful food and medicine source.
They are long branched and slightly 'willowy' shrubs that are great to have around the perimeter of the yard.