Planting Herbs in Woods
Answered by: Inge Poot
Question from: Ron
Posted on: May 24, 2005

I have a order that was placed back in Dec 2004 to be delivered May 2005. Since then I have decided to plant the order out on my bush lot in as close to their natural growing habitat as possible. My order consists of Siberian ginseng plants, goldenseal plants, wild ginger plants, bloodroot plants, mayapple plants and solomons seal plants. What I need to know is, where should these plant be placed as I have wetland to high dry ground and mostly south to east facing and a small area of north slope hills that are steep to gentle. A wide variety of trees, shrubs and forest floor plants ("but none of the ones I have on order") with different pH and soil types are growing there. I was wondering if you could give me some idea as to which companion trees, shrubs, plants, ph, moisture, sunlight, and slope would be needed by the plants to help me narrow down where each individual plant should be located.

All of the plants you have ordered occur in deciduous forests and if there is a slope they want a south facing one. It will have sun in early spring and deep shade during the summer. None of the plants on your list like wetland and only the mayapple can tolerate dry conditions. It also will do much better with at least a bit of sun all year. They all prefer the slightly acid conditions that occur naturally in a deciduous forest.

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