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Name: Tom Cagle
SE-OH (Zone 6a)
Old, fat, and gardening in OH
Coppice
Nov 11, 2014 10:30 AM CST
My eldest wants me to plant these out on her campground. My question is: is this a wet seed like bloodroot? Or, merely a plant whose seed resolutely needs cold stratification, like ginseng?

I'm running into a stone wall about obtaining seed, and I am wondering why.

Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Nov 11, 2014 7:02 PM CST
Hi Tom. I know very little about growing Goldenseal, but did find some info for you on where you can find seeds and plants and growing info. I hope these are of use to you.

http://www.easywildflowers.com/quality/hydrastis_canadensis_...

https://www.prairiemoon.com/seeds/wildflowers-forbs/hydrasti...


https://pollinator.org/Resources/Hydrastis%20canadensis%20fa...

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/hil/hil-131.html

The last link seems to contain quite a bit of growing/history info
Name: Tom Cagle
SE-OH (Zone 6a)
Old, fat, and gardening in OH
Coppice
Nov 11, 2014 8:31 PM CST
You found places that had offered seed (and hopefully still do). You did better than me.
Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Nov 11, 2014 8:38 PM CST
Big Grin and a couple mentioned plants also...good luck.
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Nov 11, 2014 9:31 PM CST

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Coppice said:My eldest wants me to plant these out on her campground. My question is: is this a wet seed like bloodroot? Or, merely a plant whose seed resolutely needs cold stratification, like ginseng?

I'm running into a stone wall about obtaining seed, and I am wondering why.



The seeds of Goldenseal are hydrophylic and don't tolerate dry storage very well. That's probably why you are having a hard time finding seed. Even if you do find seed for sale, you'll want to be careful. Just because someone is selling goldenseal seed, doesn't mean they are selling viable goldenseal seed.

If you can get fresh seed, it's pretty easy to grow, Just requires some patience as germination is often scattered over a few years.



Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Nov 11, 2014 9:57 PM CST
Good thought Kent.

I did check out Prairie Moon

http://www.prairiemoon.com/

http://www.yelp.com/biz/prairie-moon-nursery-winona
Name: Tom Cagle
SE-OH (Zone 6a)
Old, fat, and gardening in OH
Coppice
Nov 13, 2014 5:25 PM CST
KentPfeiffer said:

If you can get fresh seed, it's pretty easy to grow, Just requires some patience as germination is often scattered over a few years.


For both of the replantation projects I have in hand right now, the idea of seed germinating over a couple years is music to my ears!

Some of the elves that are likely to broadcast seed for me, will be all the more likely to let things grow if everything doesn't germinate the first year. Smiles.

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