Potting up Goldenseal

This is my beautiful workspace today where I’m potting up goldenseal, trout lilies and trying in vain to find any of the previously potted ginseng seeds sprouting. Wild Ozark potting table

I’m thinking this year is going to be a poor one for new ginseng. That’s going to be a hard hit on our new Wild Ozark Nursery, unfortunately.

However, I should still have plenty goldenseal, bloodroot and trout lilies to bring to market on April 21. And of course, I’ll have copies of the American Ginseng & Companions DVD’s and USB’s, along with my other books Sustainable Ginseng and the DIY Ginseng Habitat Assessment Guide.

And I’m putting companion plants in the side pockets of those strawberry jars with a ginseng plant on top. This is an experiment, but I hope it works and the plants like growing in them because I think it would be a great market item if they do well.

Potting Goldenseal

Today’s main goal was transplanting the goldenseal that I dug yesterday into pots so I can bring them to market. The tops aren’t showing above-ground anywhere yet, but the unfurling is quietly beginning beneath the dead leaf cover. If you’re planting them in the ground, the steps are the same, just skip the pot.

potting goldenseal step 1
Fill the pot 2/3 full.
Potting Goldenseal Step 2
Spread out the roots on top of the soil. If it’s a large rhizome, the root should be mostly horizontal with the bud pointing skyward.
Potting Goldenseal Step 3
Cover the roots but leave the bud exposed. When you’re done with this step, cover the pot and bud with crumbled dead leaves.

Here’s some of my other posts to do with goldenseal and other herbs:

 

Other Plants Sprouting and Unfurling or Blooming in the Nursery

The blue cohosh seeds appear to have sprouted, at least, and the bloodroot is already up and blooming. And the Dutchmen’s Breeches are blooming, too. It’s too bad these won’t be still in bloom by the time the market starts. I’ll have to print and laminate a picture of them so people can know what to expect if they’ve never seen them before. The bloodroot might still be in bloom, but maybe not.

Blue Cohosh seedling
The blue cohosh seedling is unfurling.

 

Mayapple Unfurling
Mayapple Unfurling
Dutchmen's Breeches blooming
Dutchmen’s Breeches blooming
bloodroot flowers
Bloodroot flowers

About Wild Ozark
Wild Ozark is a nature farm. Mostly we grow rocks. I use those rocks and some of the herbs to make earth pigments and watercolor paints. We also grow native clay that I use for making my Fairy Swing Mushrooms. And then there are the trees. We grow lots of trees. My husband uses some for his woodworking and some for our Burnt Kettle Shagbark Hickory Syrup, but for the most part they stand around creating good air, shade, & habitat for the ginseng nursery.
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About the voice behind this blog, Madison Woods
I'm a creative old soul living way off the beaten path with my husband in the wild Ozark Mountains. You can find my art on display and for sale at the Kingston Square Arts shop in Kingston, Arkansas. It's a tiny little town and a bit off the path to anywhere at all, but a wonderful ride out to a most beautiful part of our state. Besides homesteading, growing plants & making arts & crafty things, I write books and stories. My rural fantasy fiction, written under the pen name, Ima Erthwitch, usually takes place in a much altered Ozarks.

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