Category Archives: Medicinal

Production of Native Herbs in Ontario Forests

On a recent trip to North Carolina, I had an opportunity to tour research and production sites for wild-simulated production of ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh, bloodroot, false unicorn and a number of other native forest herbs. Wild-simulated production of herbs … Continue reading

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So you’re thinking of growing a medicinal herb….

From Sean Westerveld, Ginseng and Medicinal Herb Specialist, OMAFRA: There are over 4,000 medicinal herbs that can be cultivated or grow naturally in Canada and many more that could be grown in a greenhouse. The cultural requirements of medicinal herbs … Continue reading

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Herbs – Not always pest free

Many people think of herbs as having no pests, and consequently pest management is often not considered an important aspect of herb production. Unfortunately, no crop is completely resistant to all pests, and over the past two years many pests … Continue reading

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Growing or collecting native forest herbs in Ontario

From Sean Westerveld, Ginseng and Medicinal Herb Specialist, OMAFRA: There are numerous native herbs that grow wild in forests in southern Ontario and are important medicinal plants, such as ginseng, goldenseal, and black cohosh. However, there are a number of … Continue reading

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St. John’s wort: A herb with issues

This “Herb¬† Blurb” article is brought to you by Jennifer Cole, a specialty crop summer student working with OMAFRA and the University of Guelph. St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is an herbaceous perennial, which has proven difficult to grow commercially … Continue reading

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Tropical Herbs in Ontario: The Case of Ashwagandha

From time to time, we will be blogging about various topics pertaining to medicinal and culinary herbs currently being grown in an Herb Demonstration Plot at the OMAFRA-Simcoe Research Station.¬† This article was written by Patrick Clendinning, a specialty crop … Continue reading

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