Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) packet of 20 seeds, Organic (available in the USA only)

$9.95

Family:  Crowfoot (Ranunculaceae)

Hardy to Zones 4 to 8

Native to the Eastern hardwood forests, this plant adapts beautifully to the shade garden or may be seeded into the woodlands. One might wonder about the functionality of planting a relatively rare and slow-growing medicinal herb from seed, when potted plants or live rootstock would appear to be a faster way to having the herb in your garden.  Well, it turns out that growing the plant in place from seed can be a better choice.  The plant gains a sense of place and there is no transplant shock.  All the plant can do is get bigger, which is not always the case with setting roots into the garden–sometimes they actually shrink over time.  Goldenseal prefers a protected spot with deep, moist, slightly acidic loam soil and dappled shade.  Traditional usage:  TWM, bitter, astringent and antibacterial, MRSA, wounds, oral infections, conjunctivitis, digestive bitter. Sow seeds in moist forest soil in a flat in the shadehouse immediately upon receipt.  Another option is to go into the shade garden or forest, lift back the mulch and barely cover the seeds in the mineral soil, tamp securely, then replace the mulch back on top of the seeding.  Germination is in the spring. Space plants 1 foot apart.

Packet of 20 seeds, Certified Organically Grown
[AVAILABLE IN THE USA ONLY, NO INTERNATIONAL SALES]

 

 

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  1. Question

    Renaud Paradis

    Hydrastis canadensis (which comes from Canada)
    Why can’t i, in Canada, Order a plant coming from my country ?

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      Richo Cech

      Hello Renaud, Thanks for staying in touch. We’re not responsible for international customs regulations and this plant is also CITES listed. The naming of the plant came prior to an understanding of the distribution of the plant. The gene-centers are in the ohio river valley and the ozark plateau. The distribution does stretch up into southern canada. It is possible that you could obtain some canadian-grown material. You might check with the Canadian company “Richters.”
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    Renaud Paradis

    Hydrastis canadensis (which cônes from Canada)
    Why can’t i, in Canada, Order a plant coming from my country ?

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    Amy

    Is it possible to order some and not have them packed in coir? ( I am allergic to all things palm tree ) can it be sent to me in moss or damp sand instead?

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      Richo Cech

      we’re out of coir right now so it would be packed in peat moss. please leave a note in the “customer comments” field when ordering saying not to use coir, just in case.

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    Renee H

    Your description of Goldenseal says hardy zones 4-7. Would I be amiss to attempt it in zone 8b?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Renee, Not really, we used to be a Z7 here and got heated up to a Z8 and we have very vibrant goldenseal patches. If you’re in a warmer zone, you need to water the plants more frequently through the summer. It would be helpful to read the “goldenseal” chapter in “Growing at-risk.” richo

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    • Renee H

      Another question: The description of Goldenseal says that starting from seed can be better than transplanting roots or a potted plant into the ground. Would it be possible to actually just grow it in a container? (I have _Growing At-Risk Herbs_ in my shopping cart now. 🙂 )

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Renee,
      Yes, I’ve grown goldenseal in gallon pots in the shade before, and they did really, really well. I used a compost/loam mix and mulched about 2 inches thick, just heaped it up actually, with moist coir over the top. You could get going at this time of year by planting the live roots–that would be your beat option. Richo

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    Annie

    do deer eat goldenseal? wondering if I need a protected woods spot or not

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Deer around here don’t eat goldenseal. it is neither sweet nor mucilaginous, and those are the things deer like.

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    Mary Foltz

    We are buying a house near Shenandoah Natl Park, wooded with shade, but won’t be moving in till first week of November. Is it too soon to buy seeds to plant in the ground? What about buying root stock? I’m new to planting in Virginia. Thank you!

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      Hi Mary,
      You’ll be happier with the roots, I think, and these do well in SNP, and we will have them on into late November.
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    Lucy

    When will goldenseal seeds be available?

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      Admin Richo Cech

      Around midsummer.

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    • Alissa Lewis

      When will the Goldenseal seeds be back in stock?

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Alissa, We’ll re-enable purchasing in the summer when the goldenseal berries again ripen. It works best to work with fresh seed. Meanwhile we have lots of goldenseal plants that we will be distributing starting early spring. richo

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