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Temperate Zone Seed Exchange
11 years ago
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This thread is for members who seek or have seed of rare, exotic, or endangered plants suited to these climates. Due to laws limiting or prohibiting transfer of living plant materials over State lines, this is the most expedient way to spread the wealth. Click members photo and send them a message to arrange the exchanges "Off board".
11 years ago
As a forager, herbalist, and cook, stalking "weeds" in the wild is still exciting and satisfying to me, but this is the second year I've purposely encouraged volunteers of edible weeds to exist side-by-side in my garden with tomatoes, cukes, and basil. Last year, amaranth and lambsquarters showed up en masse (still have some in the freezer) with lots of wood sorrel and a few galinsoga. This year, a HUGE crop of gallant soldiers (galinsoga) edged out the amaranth and lambsquarters. After some research on the gallant ones, I discovered that they are called "guascas" in Colombia and are a key ingredient in its national dish, Ajiaco. I saw that some Colombian transplants (no pun intended) made pleas online to find out where they can get seeds of this exotic herb, necessary for their familiar comfort food, while the heart of this dish chose my garden for a vacation! After this 2nd year experiment, I'd like to purposely introduce some truly compromised wild plants that grow well here in the temperate zone of the Northeast. Ginseng? Goldenseal? Anyone have a suggestion?
11 years ago
Can I get Goldenseal started from seed? Or how can it started? Michael
Goldenseal can Start from Seeds (the little red Berries That Ethical wild hunters Bury)
11 years ago
or Rhizome Nodules which Spread under ground.! I would always leave the Samaller ones and spread the dirt and leaves Back over the patch then leave it for a few years.! They grow Well in hardwood (maple oak Hickory etc) mulch: Sawdust and Leaves or Rotting trees Some of the Best patches I found were around old Downed Trees.!..Properly Cultivated in Loose Well drained soil you can get fist sized roots in 4-6yrs.!. Unforunately I no longer live in S Indiana So I don't have Access.! To Cultivate ginseng You must have Stratified Seeds (don't ask me what that means) and to Get "wild Plants" you need to start with wild seeds and Drop them into a Small hole in Packed soil; As any cultivation will show in a smoother plumper Root and it will not command the high price the wild Brings.! Futhermore the concept of more potent plants growing sowly in adverse conditions makes some sense to me.!. This post was modified from its original form on 22 Oct, 17:45
11 years ago
I have been hoping to find goldenseal "Starts" for years. It is one of the few herbs I have a personal relationship with. It has saved my life a few times, from run away staff infections common in the tropical regions. It acts as a natural anti-biotic. Any idea if it will grow in a climate that never really gets sufficient winter chilling? It is definitely a plant that needs to be saved from extinction
11 years ago
If I'm undestanding you correctly you have had plants but are unable to get them to grow (or mature) in Hawaii? It would be fiddly to be sure but you could dig, chill in the frig for 3-4 weeks and replant if chilling is what they require for development of the plant...(or the seed) PS: you might consider some other alternative treatment for your infections like silver and h2o2.
Aloha Diana
11 years ago
No I have not had the starts (Yet) I just don't know anything about growing goldenseal, other than it tends to be found in shady forests. The chilling question came about as the only possible problem I could foresee in our excellent growing climate. And no I have not used those other things. Goldenseal has worked just fine the two times in fifteen years that I had a bad enough wound that wouldn't heal. Those other items will also not be as readily available after the ships stop coming to Hawaii. Its about sustainable resources, But thanks for your input. Aloha!

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