american ginseng

notascrenameAugust 2, 2013

Just wondering if anyone else here messes with this sort of thing? I'm not into selling it but getting it back into it's historic range. as you can see, seeds are starting to come ripe and need a place to grow. anyone? interested in helping get this back in the wild let me know. Jim

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alabamanicole(7b)

Jim, those are some nice sized ginseng plants.

At least once a month I am up in the rich cove forests around Gadsden and know of several spots of private land where it would thrive. (And one spot where we found 3 lonely plants.) If you collect ripe seed we can absolutely get it seeded in some good spots.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2013 at 5:55PM
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Bamatufa(7 - Trussville, AL)

Its the root people are after? I saw a show on this and had no idea it grew in the US. I thought it was strictly an Asian herb/plant but apparently the US variety is just as good.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2013 at 9:05PM
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alabamanicole(7b)

Yes, people dig the roots, and generally they are exported to China. It takes a *long* time for the roots to develop to harvestable size yet the plants reproduce slowly and is killed when harvested. The wild harvesters are driving it extinct instead of harvesting it at a sustainable rate.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 6:08AM
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notascrename

hey alabamanicole, it takes a long time for the seeds to germinate. seeds harvested this year will sprout in 2015. the plants take about 7-10 years to reach harvestable size, 3-4 years to produce seeds. the problem is that people dig the root all times of the year; if they don't dig 'em, somebody else will. a dried root dug in june looks ,and sells , just like a root dug in september. the good side of ginseng is spreading the seeds out, knowing mother nature is smiling. Jim

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 10:37PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

So what's going on with folks' ginseng? Is a harsh winter good or bad for it? Am I too far south to grow it?

    Bookmark   January 23, 2014 at 1:59PM
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