Goldenseal Live Root (Hydrastis canadensis), organic

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ROOTS ship starting late September.  If you order ROOTS along with seeds, the seeds will ship first and the roots will follow in season. We dig after dormancy in order to assure a good bud set–usually beginning in September and ending early December.   We ship roots inside the US only.

Healthy and recently harvested stock is the absolute key to growing beautiful goldenseal from dormant roots. Traditional usage (TWM, Native American):  Premier astringent and tonic agent for treating any and all afflictions of the mucous membranes, including colds, sore throat, sinusitis and conjunctivitis. Incredibly useful in home medicine and as always very big in the herb trade.
Organically Grown at Strictly Medicinal Seeds

Planting Goldenseal Roots:  Best to plant dormant live roots in the fall for emergence in the spring.  May be planted in woodlands, shade garden or in pots.  Prefers dappled sunlight over complete shade.  Grows best in woodlands under the shade of hardwood trees, not conifers.  Choose a place with deep, humusy soil.  Organic compost may be added to poor soil in order to improve growth of Goldenseal, but if the soil is already a deep forest loam then amending with compost is not necessary.  Rake away existing mulch and plant root in the mineral soil, just below the surface, buds up, buds barely covered by mineral soil.  Spread out rootlets below rhizome and tamp in firmly.  Then cover with mulch, about 2 inches deep of mulch.  Regular forest mulch, rotted leaves, or coir work well.  Commercial bark mulch is not a good choice. Plant roots between 1 foot and 2 feet apart. Water once after planting, after which winter rain and snowfall will keep them sufficiently watered. The roots will overwinter under the mulch and the plant will emerge and probably flower first thing in the spring.  If during the spring and summer the planting becomes very dry (ie no rain for 2 weeks) then it is a good idea to water them.   That is all the care that is usually required. If potting up, use standard potting soil, one root per pot, gallon pot or bigger. Mulch on top of the pot and place in shade garden.

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  1. Question

    Cheryl (verified owner)

    I bought golden seal I think from you a couple years ago. We moved from the coast to Medford and they haven’t come up yet. I can see the “nubs in the ground but nothing else

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Forest roots transplants: First they sleep, then they creep, then they leap. Sounds like your’s are either sleeping or creeping.

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    • asheelar (verified owner)

      Are 20 gallon pots good enough? Thanks

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      Richo Cech

      Yes, I suppose so. It would be more about dappled shade, even moisture, a cold winter and a sandy-loam soil than pot size, really.

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    • asheelar (verified owner)

      I don’t think we have a “cold winter” here in TX (zone 9a, mainly 40s and 30sF, a few days of freezing ) so I guess I am out of luck! 🙂

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Not really, you can grow Yerba Mansa (Anemopsis cal.) for a similar activity. We recommend growing this from our sturdy plant starts, as seed is challenging. r

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    • IRMGARD TANK

      I’m going to give it a third try – at my first attempt I planted them in a forested patch here in Washington State, sadly the plants were eaten by deer (and my roots were probably eaten by voles) – then the second time I used pots which were placed in the forest and fenced in to protect from deer! – voles (or field forest mice) ate through the plastic pot to increase the hole size from water drainage, so that they could crawl into the pot and climb/dig up to the root level and devour all….. – this time I’ll try to elevate the pots, have them fenced in and see whether I can protect the precious plants…. 🙂

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Irmgard,
      Thanks for your great persistence. But the comments are puzzling to me. I wonder if the pots themselves are attractive to varmints. We grow great numbers of Goldenseal here in the woods in open beds, mulched, and deer do not bother the plants at all. Mice and other such creatures do not bother them, either, the Goldenseal is very bitter. I’ve had mice chew off the buds from my Ginseng, which was annoying, but never had them go for the Hydrastis. I think you should abandon the pots and plant directly in the forest soil. Washington is famous for producing goldenseal outside its native range and I think you can do it, too. Make sure to plant enough of them, it takes critical mass to naturalize.
      Richo

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    • Kelly

      How many plants does it take to reach “Critical mass”?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      At least 3.

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    • jefflin breuer

      Hi! I want to buy some golden seal and grow it in a big tub, I unfortunately do not have a yard or woods to plant it in, but I would love to give it go. Should I plant in sandy soil with lots of leaf mold?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Jefflin,
      Thanks for getting in touch. Yes, basically what you are saying will work. For years I grew goldenseal in deep flats under the benches in my greenhouse and some of the rhizomes exceeded a pound apiece at harvest. Please read my blog at this link https://blog.strictlymedicinalseeds.com/a-deeper-look-at-forest-roots/
      Richo

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    • Larry (verified owner)

      I saw the comment and reply you gave to the customer living in Texas in 9 planting zone. I live in the lower desert of Phoenix, Arizona where the planting zones are 9 through 13. I figure I could get the live potted plant of goldenseal and the bare root too plant them in large pots with good composted soil and keep them either under the shelter of the patio and on the west side of the our house where there are fruit trees the diffuse the sunlight and provide plenty of shade. What do you think?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Larry,
      As long as the planting spot does not dry out, you might be OK. We sell goldenseal LIVE ROOTS in the fall and POTTED PLANTS in the spring. The live roots are recommended.
      Richo

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    Catherine Gaffney

    what zone does this grow in?

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      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Catherine,
      At this time of year you would want to be looking at the Goldenseal Plants, we don’t sell bare roots again until the autumn of the year. Goldenseal is a Zone 4-7. Here’s the link https://strictlymedicinalseeds.com/product/goldenseal-hydrastis-canadensis-potted-plant-organic/
      Richo

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    Melanie

    Thanks for the extra

    Melanie (verified owner)

    Planted all our goldenseal roots last weekend and look forward to seeing growth next year. Followed all of Richo advice and said prayers over them, now the waiting begins.

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