Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)
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Widely known for it's healing properties, goldenseal will make a nice addition to your woodland collection.
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Goldenseal is a perennial woodland herb, which emerges emerging in early spring from an underground yellow rootstock. The bright yellow horizontal rhizome is ½ to ¾ of an inch thick with dimple like depressions where the previous years stem falls away. The rhizome is also full of bright yellow rootlets. In April a small, inconspicuous, white flower opens; and rises between the leaves. The single fruit ripens and turns red in July and resembles a raspberry.
When cultivating goldenseal it is best to till or turn the soil and amend, if necessary. The rule of thumb is to grow goldenseal in a soil with a pH around 5.5 to 6.5. Plant rhizome pieces, seedlings in narrow trenches about 2-3 inches deep with the bud facing up. Spacing can range between 2 inch x 2 inch to 12 inch x 12 inch depending on the size of the plot being cultivated. Once planted it should be mulched, with either whole or shredded leaves, hardwood bark chips or a hardwood bark and sawdust mixture several inches deep. Also, remember to water in a freshly planted goldenseal bed. After the initial watering no further irrigation should be needed except in the case of drought conditions.
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Please note: Plants native to temperate climates, especially those shipped bare-root, are generally best transplanted during the cooler months (October - March) while in or near a state of dormancy. While we make every attempt to ship as needed by our customers, please realize that there is a greater risk of transplant loss during the hot Summer months. Also realize that many species may lose their above ground portions the current season while the roots remain alive, producing new growth the following Spring.
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