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    Growing

     

    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 Climate

    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.


    The Australian climate seems perfectly suited to these plants, which may or may not have come from the Tibetan plateau, but have certainly flourished in the Ningxia, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Sichuan, and Xinjiang Provinces in China from where 90% of the export market is sourced.

     

    They also thrive to a great extent in Japan where they are used in traditional Kampo remedies. If buying seed, sow anytime in a greenhouse or protected place, but early Spring is best.

     

 

 
 
         
 
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