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Organic Seeds, Plants, and Supplies

Plants, or seeds harvested from plants, that have been grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, strictly adhering to the USDA's National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) organic gardening practices are designated as Organic.

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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. NOTE: We are unable to ship this item outside the U.S. Organically grown.

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8993 Units  $22.90 

Quick Facts

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


For full cultural information, please refer to the technical sheet, Goldenseal from Roots.


SOWING: Transplant (recommended): 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. 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.

Goldenseal prefers a light loam soil that has high humus content and a pH of 5.5-6.5. 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.

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