Perhaps they ripened in the last week and the deer got to them. Deer only eat the ripe ones. I have goldenseal around the house and the berries were semi green and red a week ago. So maybe they did get ripe all of sudden. Hope I didn't steer you wrong 4 days ago. If I did sorry. If I get some seeds and you want some I can send you some.
Wow. You are good people Latt! Thank you very much for that offer. I do have plenty coming up wild but I really mostly wanted to see the plant go through it's seasonal cycle more than a need for the seeds. Really wanted to snap some pics of the red berries on them as I have seen some pics and they look real nice with that berry there. I will watch darn close next year.
So apparently (since when I got my property in 2001 there was only one area that had seal) the deer eating the seeds don't kill them, and that is how I have it growing now in so many locations. Is that an accurate assessment? If so then I will just let nature plant them for me!
I have also found four small patches of seng that wasn't there when I got the land. Maybe it is just the lack of poachers since my aquiring it. Either way it's all good and thanks for that offer Latt!