We can only ship bare root items when they are dormant. With us being located in CA, trees/plants can come out of dormancy well before the rest of the nation is ready to plant. We receive our bare root items in successive deliveries. We need to move them out quickly, as our space is limited. It is very challenging, if not impossible, to keep track of who gets what when dealing with ten's of thousands of trees/plants and 200 varieties over 3 months, hence we must adhere to our policy. Bush Habit: Unpruned it grows to between 10 and 13 feet tall with a spread of 4 feet. It has upright sprouts with long lateral branches with a weeping habit. Facts of note: Goji berries are easy to grow, container adaptable and drought tolerant. They do require alkaline soil with a pH between 6.8 and 8.1. Do not apply any nitrogen and they really don't need any fertilizer. The Phoenix Tears variety was discovered in 2004 on a ranch in western Utah near the historic site of a transcontinental railroad camp where primarily Chinese workers resided. The mother plant is thought to be a chance seedling planted by accident back in the days of the transcontinental railroad construction. Phoenix Tears is a productive, almost thornless variety of goji berry. For centuries the Chinese have used parts of the entire goji plant for food or medicine. Use of stems and leaves is little known in the United States, but the highest concentrations of healthful antioxidants can be found in the leaves. Fruit in the health food market in the form of dried berries and juice is more familiar.For successful growth, is critical that the soil pH remain at 6.8 or higher. High nitrogen is not recommended for these plants. One year old roots. When we received them on January 13 or 14, they already had little green shoots and buds sprouting out of the root. We got them into pots within a couple of days, and in less than a month the green buds have already opened and extended five inches! It's been a pleasure to watch them grow literally day by day. I can't wait for berries!. I got 2 plants last year from Peaceful Valley. They were amazing, 3 feet tall by late summer and even harvested a few goji berries the 1st year. They might have done even better if a hail storm hadn't destroyed my garden in July. I was so excited to receive the goji berry bit after following the instructions and giving extra attention only goji berry fertiliser one lot leaves. PV wouldn't give me a credit very dissapointing and a huge waste of money and time!. I ordered 3 of these back in October and was informed they wouldn't ship till mid January. I was a little wary about paying for something now and trusting the company to follow through several months later but I took the chance. Sure enough mid january they showed up. 3 little twigs that looked like they wouldn't amount to anything. I placed each in it's own small pot gave them some water and thought \"this was a wast of money\". Man was I wrong! These little guys are really getting after it! All three have sprouted leaves after only 2 weeks. I still have another 2 months at least before I can transplant outside and if they keep growing at this rate I'll have a real jungle here in the house. Can\"t wait to see how they do outside.