The Key To Growing A Goji Plantation

Choosing and preparing the land
1. Goji prefers soils with good permeability, ideal ones being those with 1/3 sand
2. Optimal soil acidity for goji culture is pH 8.2 – 8.6
3. Goji plants prefer sunny slopes, but under garden conditions they also can endure partial shading
4. The goji plantation should be set up on a grazing land (after an annual culture and/or cleaned of thorns)
5. In Autumn, before the plowing is done the soil will be fertilized with 20 tons/hectare manure (3-4 years old), 300-400 kilos/hectare superphosphate and 100-200 kilos/hectare potassium salt
6. If the land is being prepared in Spring and the fertilization is not done in the Autumn, only the manure will be used
7. Muddy or sloppy soils are not suitable for setting up a goji crop. Also, if the groundwater climbs more than 3 ft deep, the land is not suitable for a goji culture.
The planting
1. The optimal moment for the establishment of a goji plantation is early spring, after the danger of frosts has passed and it people can enter the field
2. If the established plantation occupies a large area and the land will be worked with machines, then the planting distance will be 6.56-8 ft between the rows (depending on the equipment used) and 5-6.5 ft between the plants
3. In case of plantations on smaller surfaces or in family gardens, the planting distances can be
reduced to 5 ft between rows and 3 ft between plants
4. The size of the planting pits should be 12/12/12 inches or even larger if the roots of the Goji shrub are more developed
5. It is very important to set up a culture with healthy, vigorous, well-developed goji shrubs
6. Before planting, it is recommended to wet the roots by dipping them into an equal mixture of water, fresh cow dung and yellow soil (or any kind of soil available to you)
7. The plant will be planted in the center of the pit, at the same planting depth as in the nursery. If the plants are in pots, it is important to remove them from the pot without disturbing the soil on the roots.
8. At planting, a special support will be attached to the plant in order to support it for several years, until the strain thickens and the plant can support itself.
9. After planting, a sliver is made around the plants, each being watered with 2.5 gallons of water. This watering should be done regardless the level of moisture in the soil, its main role being to remove the remaining air chambers in the soil and to ensure soil contact with the roots.
To remember
1. The goji shrub resists very well the climatic conditions in our country, the limits of its resistance standing between -13 and 113 °F
2. To stimulate a vigorous rooting in the first year of planting, depending on the conditions, 2-3 watering per month may be required by Fall
3. After 2-3 years from planting goji faces the drought very well, but a high production of
fruits is obtained in the conditions in which the plant enjoys a comfortable humidity
4. A plant produces 3 kg of fruits per season, staggered from June to Autumn when the cold comes
5. Goji does not support weed competition, which is why the land needs to be maintained

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