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Farm, Garden and The Land => Gardening and Agriculture => Topic started by: zeke on May 30, 2012, 11:11:09 AM

Title: goji berries & red currants
Post by: zeke on May 30, 2012, 11:11:09 AM
I bought five goji plants but i plan on move in 2-3 years and don't want to plant them in the ground till i move.  if i  plant them in old pickle buckets will there be an issue with leaching from the buckets? Will the be a problem with the roots?
i've eaten black currant an there good Has any one had red currants ? i was told reds  are good for wine.
Title: Re: goji berries & red currants
Post by: inbox485 on May 30, 2012, 11:26:58 AM
For 2 -3 years, I think I'd go for a 5 gallon bucket rather than a pickle bucket. Not sure what you mean by leaching, but if you over water you will leach out nutrients. If your concern is plastic from the buckets somehow tainting the fruit, I'd say your fingers leached more plastic typing your last post that a bucket would transfer to all the way to the fruit. Plastic leaches in high temperatures, and acidic (way too acidic for plants) environments. Then it has to make it past all the carbon in the soil that has a way of locking it up. Then it would have to get absorbed through the roots, which I've yet to see evidence that it happens. Then it would have to migrate to the fruit. Then the amount in the fruit would have to be high enough to even contribute to your other plastic/petro product exposures.
Title: Re: goji berries & red currants
Post by: atherts on May 30, 2012, 12:10:30 PM
I've been growing gojis from seed and am into my second year. They seem to adjust to the size pot they are in for growth.
That being said, they prefer deep pots and want to go down instead of out. The deeper your pot, the better they'll grow and do.
5 gallon buckets would be OK for the first 2 years, but after that, they might slow down until they got into open soil.
I clipped the tops to keep them shorter and bushy and they seem OK with that.
They don't fruit until the 3rd year, but transplanting may interupt/slow the process.

I bought five goji plants but i plan on move in 2-3 years and don't want to plant them in the ground till i move.  if i  plant them in old pickle buckets will there be an issue with leaching from the buckets? Will the be a problem with the roots?
i've eaten black currant an there good Has any one had red currants ? i was told reds  are good for wine.
Title: Re: goji berries & red currants
Post by: inbox485 on May 30, 2012, 12:51:03 PM
I've been growing gojis from seed and am into my second year. They seem to adjust to the size pot they are in for growth.
That being said, they prefer deep pots and want to go down instead of out. The deeper your pot, the better they'll grow and do.
5 gallon buckets would be OK for the first 2 years, but after that, they might slow down until they got into open soil.
I clipped the tops to keep them shorter and bushy and they seem OK with that.
They don't fruit until the 3rd year, but transplanting may interupt/slow the process.


Local big box store was selling 2nd year potted goji, and they fruited a tiny bit last year (the year I planted) and are fruiting quite a bit this year.
Title: Re: goji berries & red currants
Post by: zeke on May 31, 2012, 01:37:37 PM
The pickle buckets are five gallon bucket i got for free from a fast food resteaunt. will the viniger from the bucket leech into the plant afecting the berries flavor?
Title: Re: goji berries & red currants
Post by: inbox485 on May 31, 2012, 02:31:35 PM
The pickle buckets are five gallon bucket i got for free from a fast food restaurant. Will the vinegar from the bucket leech into the plant affecting the berries flavor?

Oh. That's perfect. They are food grade 5 gal buckets. That is about as good as it gets. I'd drill 8 1/8" holes about 1" from the bottom for drainage. If you want to get creative you can do one of the self watering container designs with the buckets instead. There is no way there is going to be enough vinegar residue to mater.
Title: Re: goji berries & red currants
Post by: Skunkeye on June 01, 2012, 01:42:41 PM
The pickle buckets are five gallon bucket i got for free from a fast food resteaunt. will the viniger from the bucket leech into the plant afecting the berries flavor?

Whatever tiny bit of residual vinegar you have in those buckets will likely be neutralized almost immediately by minerals in the soil.  Not a concern at all, especially since you're looking at a couple years before you get any berries anyway.