Growing American Ginseng?

Eggo(z10soCal LBC)January 7, 2006

Does anyone know if American ginseng(Panax quinquefolium) can be grown in Southern California? Is anyone growing this in a zone 9 or 10, a subtropical climate, or Southern California? Its supposedly needs a colder winter to well. thanks.

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CA Kate

I'm no expert on Ginseng, but I remember that quite a bit was grown commercially in Wisconsin -- under shade cloth so it wouldn't get too hot or too much sun since it is an understory plant in Midwestern & Eastern forests in nature. I suppose you could always try and then write a report fior us.... ;^).

    Bookmark   January 8, 2006 at 3:46PM
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Eggo(z10soCal LBC)

I guess I'm gonna be giving it a shot. =)

    Bookmark   January 8, 2006 at 4:40PM
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Eggo(z10soCal LBC)

I guess I'm gonna be giving it a shot. =)

    Bookmark   January 8, 2006 at 4:41PM
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Posie(z3 MN)

My understanding is that Ginseng is quite difficult to grow and usually grows in a natural woodsy site. People here have tried growing it and it is quite a process and needs lots of artifical shade. I'm wondering if your area is going to be too warm and sunny? Also, it takes several years to produce a crop. Good Luck !

    Bookmark   January 25, 2006 at 10:57PM
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tennguy(6a)

Ginseng needs cold weather. You might be the first to try growing it and digging it up to give it the "chill", then re-planting. It needs about 78% shade in the summer too, with damp, cooler condition like those found on the northern slope of a hill. It grows wild here in z6b TN. Not trying to scare you from trying it, anything can be grown anywhere if you can control the environment.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2006 at 2:48PM
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