This market is often more lucrative than the "dry" market. Harvest will usually not occur for at least four years after planting. Assess the bed's potential for harvest at the end of each season. Fully occupied bed with large rhizomes are ready for harvest. Do not pass up an early harvest if the price is high. Dig the rhizomes according to the specifications provided by the buyer or broker. This usually involves digging the rhizomes with a garden fork. After digging, the roots are washed over a screen with a garden hose. If the root is for new planting stock, protect the roots from drying.
Dry roots following the instructions for ginseng.
Goldenseal sales are subject to many of the same regulations affecting ginseng. Contact your local office of the Department of Conservation of Natural Resources prior to planting, harvest, and sale.