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    Does anyone know how far I need to chase goji berry roots to make sure they don't regrow?
    I'm getting rid of my big bush because it's unproductive and unruly, and I know it can resprout from the roots as the plot's previous tenant apparently tried to dig the bush out twice before, and yet it was still there and massive.
    The problem is, getting all of the root out may be tricky, as they it primarily seems to have two tap roots which are about an inch and a half thick and go directly down.

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    Well, I've removed the taproots to about 20 inches below soil level, which is as deep as I can go without having to dig a massive hole. Hopefully that will be enough to stop it growing back. Don't want it coming up right next to the grape vine I plan to put there.

    I also found a rather forlorn gooseberry bush hidden under the gojo berry, but sadly the label says it's Hinnonmaki Red, which I already have four of in my garden. I don't need an extra one, so that will either be given away or tossed.

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    • #3
      Let"s hope that works!
      I did read up about it this morning and nothing apart from industrial strength glyphosate seems to work completely ...so I imagine it may keep trying to come back.
      Hopefully if you can keep cutting back anything which may reappear you"ll eventually weaken it enough to finally see it off.

      Iwas very tempted to get one a few years back when they were all the range, but I "m glad I didn"t now!!!

      What type of grape are you intending to plant?
      Last edited by Nicos; 20-11-2020, 08:14 PM.
      "Nicos, Queen of Gooooogle" and... GYO's own Miss Marple

      Location....Normandy France

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      • #4
        Muscat Bleu.
        I already have one, and it really impressed me. Even though I only planted it last year as a fairly small potted plant, and even though it got badly frosted in mid-May so it had to regrow from scratch, and as such it didn't flower until mid-July, it still produced about 8 good sized bunches of very tasty grapes which ripened before it got too cold. Sadly, I only actually ate one bunch, as something else ate the rest before I picked them...
        Since it impressed me so much, I plan to take some cuttings from it once it goes fully dormant (it still has a few leaves on at the moment), then plant one where the goji bush was once it roots.

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        • #5
          Just read up about the grape.....nice choice!!!!!!
          "Nicos, Queen of Gooooogle" and... GYO's own Miss Marple

          Location....Normandy France

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          • #6
            Now I'm getting a bit worried... I dug up 2 gojis a few weeks ago, hopefully they won't come back! Although they were still small and had only been in that position for a year.
            Location: London

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MelanieSW View Post
              Now I'm getting a bit worried... I dug up 2 gojis a few weeks ago, hopefully they won't come back! Although they were still small and had only been in that position for a year.
              I imagine that will be fine, then.
              This one had apparently been there for some time, and it had very large taproots to show for it.

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              • #8
                Yeh Goji is a useless plant where I live in the midlands at least, It always get covered in powdery mildew, and what few fruits it does produce, the birds steal as soon as they ripen

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Urban View Post
                  Yeh Goji is a useless plant where I live in the midlands at least, It always get covered in powdery mildew, and what few fruits it does produce, the birds steal as soon as they ripen
                  Mine got lots of powdery mildew, too.
                  Both this year and last, it was always covered in flowers from July until late September, but for some reason the fruit very rarely set. I see plenty of bees visiting, so in theory it shouldn't have been lack of pollination. I got about two dozen fruits right towards the end of the season (September/October), but for the first two months or more of blooming, not one fruit set.
                  But honestly, the fruits themselves aren't worth it, even if they were produced in decent quantity. If they are not 100% ripe then they have a bitter aftertaste, and even when they are perfectly ripe, they're kind of bland and unimpressive.

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