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GoldensealOrganic Root


Product ID: 899

Medicinal Native American root.

Large palmate leaves and big, bright red berries in summer. Grows best in part to full shade in well composted, humus-rich soil. Wild population in danger of extinction. Two-year-old roots are shipped in September. NOTE: We are unable to ship this item outside the U.S. Organically grown.

Two-year-old roots are shipped in September

Product Price Qty
8993 Units  $22.90 
89912 Units  $79.15 
899100 Units  $436.45 

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Days to Maturity or Bloom:   3-5 years to root harvest

Plant Cycle:   (P)  

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Shipping Information & Notes

This product cannot be shipped to the following states:AE, AP, AS, FM, GU, MH, MP, PR, PW, VI

This product cannot be shipped to Canada

This product cannot be shipped outside the United States or Canada

• Two-year old root divisions are shipped in September for fall planting.
• Goldenseal cannot be shipped outside of the U.S.
• Prepare the planting area in the summer before transplanting. Click on the Additional Information link below for directions.

Growing Information



SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Root size may vary and larger roots can be cut or broken into smaller pieces for planting. Any piece with a bud or eye and a few strands of fibrous roots should produce a plant. Plant spacing depends on how long you intend to leave plants in the ground before harvesting. Older plants will develop larger roots and require more space. If you intend to harvest after three years of growth, space the plants 6" apart in rows that are 8" apart; after four years, plant 8" apart in rows that are 8" apart; or more than four years, plant 8" apart in rows that are 10" apart. Cover the rootstock with 2" of soil. Keep well-weeded, but take care in weeding around young plants to avoid disturbing the roots. Once goldenseal is well established, apply mulch to prevent weed growth.

LIGHT PREFERENCE: Part Shade/Shade. Goldenseal grows best in its natural habitat under a hardwood canopy with at least 75% shade, comprised preferably of oak, maple, sycamore, or basswood trees. Avoid pine, spruce, hemlock, red cedar, and other conifers due to their shallow root systems, which compete with goldenseal for nutrients. You can also use artificial shade if you prefer to grow the plant as a row crop. A system that works well is wood lath or slat shade frames erected over the beds and supported by a framework of strong poles tall enough to walk under. The laths or slats are nailed so that about ?-¾ of the direct sunlight is prevented from reaching the plants. In certain home garden situations, you can also plant goldenseal close to the shady north side of the house.

Goldenseal prefers a light loam soil that has high humus content and a pH of 5.5-6.5. Work the beds 6" deep, raising the center of the beds to prevent water from collecting around the plants. Amend heavy or clay soils with leaf mold (rotting hardwood tree leaves) or well-decomposed compost to lighten the soil and improve the drainage. Good drainage is critical to ensure healthy goldenseal plants.




HARVEST: Plants grown from root divisions may be harvested after three to five years of growth. Harvest roots in the fall (September or October) after the tops have died back. Clean roots thoroughly by washing, being careful not to remove any rootlets. Place roots in a single layer and dry on screens in a warm, but not hot (maximum of 100°F/38°C), ventilated place that is out of direct sunlight. Expect a drying time of about 15 to 30 days.

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