Please note, orders for potted plants will be shipped starting Early October.

Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) potted plant, organic

$10.00$95.00

Please note:  these are mature potted rhizomes that may go dormant in September.  If so then sold on the basis of a live root in a pot.  Best to transplant to woodlands or shade garden on receipt.

Family: Crowfoot (Ranunculaceae)

Hardy to Zones 4 to 8

Medicinal Native American Root

Native to the Eastern hardwood forests, this plant adapts beautifully to the shade garden. Choose a protected spot with deep, slightly acidic, loamy soil and dappled shade. We offer potted goldenseal for those that would like to plant a patch during the spring or summer months, when it is not seasonal to plant bare roots. Early orders will be shipped while plants are barely breaking the surface of the pot, a good time to transport them without breakage and a good stage for planting as well.  These are sturdy adult plants that will likely bear fruit within a year or two after planting.  Traditional usage:  TWM, bitter, astringent and antibacterial.  Plant to rich soil in hardwood forest dappled shade, shade garden or shaded greenhouse and mulch.  Space plants 1 to 2 feet apart.

Potted Plant, Certified Organically Grown

 

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  1. Question

    Anastacia Cilione (verified owner)

    Hi, I ordered some Goldenseal plants and plan to start them in containers the first year. Do you have any suggestions on a specific soil brand that is best to use? And how often do they need to be watered?

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hey anastacia, thanks for writing, goldenseal does pretty well in pots as long as its kept shaded and moist. any good quality potting mix will do, like black gold brand, and add a bit of forest soil to inoculate. here’s a link to the youtube that shows how to plant goldenseal in pots. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kmkXUAASmE&t=20s
      richo

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  2. Question

    Stephanie

    Will this plant grow under a pine tree?
    Or oak trees?

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Stephanie, Probably better oaks than pines and please check the in-depth habitat discussion in “growing at-risk,” it is more than can be typed here. r

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    • michelle (verified owner)

      will golden seal grow under fruit trees, apricots and apples?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi michelle, apricots and apples don’t usually throw sufficient shade for goldenseal. richo

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  3. Question

    JuliaTahoe (verified owner)

    Richo,
    I just received my goldenseal plants in the mail, very excited! Question: I get voles, seems like more and more of them each year. Can’t seem to find an effective way to get rid of them (preferably without killing them). Should I plant my goldenseal in a gopher shield net? If so, what size would you recommend? Or maybe pots instead? Thank you!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Goldenseal does grow well in pots–use 1 to 3 gallon pots, goldenseal does love compost, and mulch. Also, the roots are very bitter and most burrowing animals will not bother them. Keep in shade garden, forest or under benches in greenhouse.

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    • nicolelaferriere24

      Does Goldenseal grow in the shade of a Black Walnut?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      No, the black walnut disallows almost all forbs

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  4. Question

    Alyssa M

    I live in zone 8b-9 and would love to grow Goldenseal here. I have a lot of shade trees in my back yard with a mix mostly of pine, oaks, and maple trees. Would this potentially grow in a shaded area of my back yard? I have a couple of areas in my back yard that I think it would grow well, but the heat here will soon be in the 90’s. Would it be better to try to grow in a more controlled environment like a greenhouse or indoors? …or Am I wasting my time trying?

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Alyssa,
      I can relate to wanting to grow goldenseal, we all need to do that. A forest-dependent medicinal herb does not like to grow indoors. It needs the mycorrhizal associations of a cool forest floor. It needs to have perfect air circulation and dappled light of sun and stars to be happy. I suggest reading the goldenseal chapter in my book “Growing At-Risk.” I suggest getting some goldenseal plants from us (they are just now breaking ground, a good time to ship them) and planting under the maple tree. You can also plant them in the shade under the benches in the greenhouse, nestled into 4 inch deep flats with plenty of coir around the crowns. If they kick in in this situation, you can produce some monumental plants. Richo

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    • charis.storms

      I have a question regarding sending them out in September. Would this be too late in the season to plant in the mid-Atlantic? Should we keep indoors until the next spring? Thanks!

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Charis, We don’t sell goldenseal potted plants in September. Find the GOLDENSEAL ROOTS item and order that. Goldenseal roots are planted in the fall and come up in the spring. The plants and/or the roots cannot be kept indoors through the winter–they require a cold dormancy. Goldenseal is in short supply this year and probably ongoing. I noticed the stock is already drawn down significantly. Please order soon in order to receive your roots. We will send them in October. Richo

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    • charis.storms

      Thanks so much for the clarification!!

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    • SUZABELLE

      would you recommend pots for goldenseal in zone 4-5?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi suzubelle, thank you for your interest in goldenseal. we have the plant listed down to a zone 4 and I think they grow better in situ, hardier that way, than in pots. just plant to shade garden and mulch well. if shade garden or woodlands not available, then keep in pots, in the shade, in a greenhouse if possible. here’s a link for you, you’ll have to paste it into a browser https://strictlymedicinalseeds.com/product/goldenseal-hydrastis-canadensis-potted-plant-organic/
      r

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  5. Question

    Crissy

    I have a magnolia tree under which I grow blueberries and lingonberries in Boise, ID. I’m thinking it is the same soil that would assist goldenseal and ginseng. I have read it is not good to plant in the spring, as it should establish itself over the winter. I’m fine to purchase for spring or wait till fall if that is the better timeframe that maximizes success for the plants. Should I purchase for spring or wait till fall? Is the Magnolia a bad idea to plant under?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Crissy,
      This kind of thing is best resolved by moving ahead and planting and seeing how things work out. I would suggest giving the goldenseal a deep mulch of rotted leaves or coco coir. Our potted plants do fine when planted early in the spring. Otherwise you can take advantage of the fall bare-root special that is less expensive.
      Richo

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    • Crissy

      Thanks Richo, makes sense that your potted version would be just as good as waiting till fall. I’m always game for trying, thanks!!

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    • Michelle

      Hi, would the goldenseal plant grow well in a large container in a shaded area. I’m going to be moving towards the end of summer, so I don’t want to commit to in ground gardening, but I’d like to take my plants with me. I just want to go ahead and establish some plants now.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Yes, we have often done this–planted goldenseal to 3-gal pots and mulched well, kept in the shade. Sometimes they grow better this way on account of all the compost.

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    • Carol

      How many seeds should I put in a 3gallon pots

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Carol, I’m confused because this comment was left on the goldenseal potted plant item on our website. If you have a packet of goldenseal seeds, you can plant the entire packet in a 3-gallon pot. If you have goldenseal plants or live roots, you can plant three to a 3-gallon pot. Richo

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    Emma (verified owner)

    Hello will you have more goldenseal for sale?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Not until October when we start selling the dormant roots. You can check our fall catalogue or website at that time.

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  7. Question

    PREHLAD

    DO YOU SHIP TO CANADA

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      we cannot ship any goldenseal plants, seeds or live roots to Canada, it is CITES restricted.

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    Donna Cvetinic

    Do you ship live plants to Canada?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      We do not, but you may be able to get what you need from Richter’s Herbs in Canada.

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  9. Question

    Gigi

    What does TWM mean (descriptive in usage category)?

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      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      TWM = Traditional Western Medicine

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    • Linda

      Can goldenseal be grown in a large container? By large I mean golds more than 20 pounds of soil.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      I once had a large planting of goldenseal in the moist shade under the benches in my greenhouse, all planted in deep flats, less than 20 lbs of soil each, and the plants grew fantastically.

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