Goumi Berry

Originally from Siberia, Goumi berries offer an exceptional flavor profile, somewhat similar to a sour cherry. Their sweet, bright flavor makes them a favorite among chefs and foodies alike. The attractive red color makes them perfect for garnishing or decorating dishes, and the tart berries are great eaten fresh, dried, or juiced in sweet or savory dishes.

The pea-sized red berries have tiny edible pits, and ripen midsummer. Thousands of soft yellow, bell-shaped flowers in April are intensely fragrant and a favorite pollinators for bees.

Very versatile - will grow and fruit in sun or shade, but fruit production is better with more sun. Disease and pest resistant, this bush is fully self-fertile, but as always, you'll get more production with a different variety nearby as a pollinizer.

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$69.99

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Where do I grow best?

Goumi berry is native to Japan, China, Korea and Russia, and does well in temperate to subtropical climates with a warm summer and mild to cool winter. On this map, you will see the areas that goumi berry finds most ideal for growing. The light green area is the region that goumi berry grows best with the least amount of fuss.


As Shrubb plants are all potted, they can
technically be grown anywhere, because with
potted plants, you control the environment
your plant grows in. Because of this, goumi
berries can be grown outside this region, but may need more maintenance when it comes to overwintering
or managing summer heat. If you do choose to grow this plant outside of the suggested region, see our extra tips at the end of our care guide on how to
create an appropriate climate.

How to care for me:

Self-Fertile

Goumi are partially self-fertile and therefore will produce some fruit on their own. Keeping two goumi plants (of different variety) within 100 feet of one another will increase the number of fruit set and tend to increase the fruit size. If you order two or more goumi plants, we will be sure to send two different (but similar) varieties to ensure that they can act as pollinizers to one another, and increase your harvest.

Sunlight

Goumi berries thrive in full sun to partial shade, requiring at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day for optimal growth and fruit production. Placing them in a location with ample sunlight exposure ensures vigorous growth, abundant flowering, and the development of flavorful berries. However, they can tolerate some shade, especially in hot climates, but reduced sunlight may lead to decreased fruit yield.

Watering

Goumi berries generally prefer well-drained soil and moderate moisture levels. Allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings helps to prevent issues with root-rot. A good way to test if your plant needs water is to stick your finger 3 inches down into the soil. If you don't feel much moisture, it's time to water. If your finger comes out damp, best to give it some more time before watering.

Fertilizer

Soil health is one of the most important parts of growing potted fruit. For potted goumi berry plants, it's recommended to fertilize them in early spring just as new growth begins, and after the last frost of the year. You may want to fertilize it again in late spring or early summer, particularly if it has slow or stunted growth, pale or yellowing leaves, or is not producing flowers or fruit as expected.

Chill Hours

Chill hours are the time that many fruit plants need between the temperatures of 32°F and 45°F over the course of a year in order to produce fruit. Goumi berries need between 250 and 500 chill hours to produce a good harvest of berries. As this is a tricky element to track, we suggest referring to the Shrubb Simple map to understand if your area is likely to have enough chill hours for this plant.

Chill Hours

Goumi berries are typically ready for harvest in late spring to early summer when they reach a vibrant red color and are slightly soft to the touch. To harvest, gently grasp the ripe berries and pluck them from the stem. After picking, goumi berries can be eaten fresh, used in jams, jellies, or preserves, or dried for later use. Store fresh berries in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze them for longer-term storage.

Pruning

The best time to prune goumi berries is during their dormant season in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. When pruning, focus on removing dead, damaged, or crossing branches. Aim to maintain an open, vase-shaped structure, removing any inward-growing branches and promoting outward growth to encourage fruit production. Avoid heavy pruning, as goumi berries bear fruit on old wood, and excessive cutting may reduce the following year's harvest.

Pests and Disease

Pests and disease often vary greatly by region. Often times goumi berries can be a real treat for birds, so simple bird-net over your bush should do the trick if they start stealing your berries. In terms of insects and disease, neem oil can combat many problems. If you are unsure, send us a photo of your plant and the problem, and we'll do our best to identify it and suggest more specific solutions!

Growing in Less Ideal Climates

While the region indicated on the map above specifies where alpine strawberries grow best, the virtue of growing plants in pots is that, with a little elbow grease, you can create your own environment. These are our tips for anyone attempting to grow alpine strawberries in other climates.

Colder Regions

To overwinter a potted goumi berry in a particularly cold location, consider insulating the pot with materials such as bubble wrap or burlap to protect the roots from freezing temperatures. Place the pot in a sheltered location, such as against a south-facing wall or near the house, where it can benefit from radiant heat. Do not bring your goumi berry inside for the winter, as it will not go into dormancy, and will not produce flowers and fruit in the following season.

Hotter Regions

It is not reccomended to attempt to grow goumi berries in particularly hot climates, as it is unlikely to receive sufficient chill hours to flower and fruit. If you'd like to try anyway, place the pot in an area with partial shade to protect the plant from intense sunlight and heat stress. Ensure the plant receives sufficient water, especially during periods of high temperatures, to prevent dehydration and maintain soil moisture levels.