can I grow ginseng?

lifesblessings(6/7)February 27, 2009

Can I grow ginseng? Would I need to grow it in pots indoors? (zone 6/7). Do you know where I would find any root to start with? Would you recommend Korean, Chinese, other? Thank you.

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ksrogers(EasternMass Z6)

Simply do a search for the word "GINSENG".

Here is a link that might be useful: Search results

    Bookmark   February 27, 2009 at 8:55PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Grow outdoors in a woodland setting. I do not think it will survive in indoor culture.

If you live in the US, grow the native wild American Ginseng, Panax quinquefolius. It is hardy and well suited to growing in the forests of eastern North America.

Quite a few places sell ginseng rootlets and seeds. Neither is cheap and it has specific growing and germination requirements so do your homework first.

These retailers may have ginseng seeds/roots:

Horizon Herbs
Nichols Garden Nursery
Pinetree Seeds
Johnny Seeds


    Bookmark   February 28, 2009 at 9:08AM
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Also check out Catskill Ginseng. You'll find all sorts of info on growing ginseng there.

Here is a link that might be useful: Catskill ginsseng

    Bookmark   March 1, 2009 at 6:50AM
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texas.transplant(8b TX)

Regarding their health benefits, I strongly recommend Korean ginseng. Unfortunately I don't have any experience growing ginseng of any variety. Good luck and let us know how it goes. I'd be very interested in growing some. Thanks.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2009 at 12:47AM
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sleeplessinftwayne(z4-5 IND)

I used to work in a Radio Shack long ago in north central Wisconsin. They grow lots of ginseng up there for sale to the orient. They had big auctions of it every year. It just isn't economical to market wild ginseng. It is too sparse in the woods and is protected in some places. The quality is pretty varied, too. Some Wisconsin farmers needed to find a new crop and with the help of some of the Ag. schools and Co-op Agents they figured out a way to grow it as a field crop. Ginseng must have shade so the farmers make long frames to hang shade cloth. The cloth has to be moved a couple of times each season and it is very difficult to haul long stretchs of it without some sort of device that wouldn't break. They bought 10 foot long CB/radio antennas and had a body shop weld a hook on the end. It would catch the edge of that heavy shade cloth and pull it without breaking. I sold a lot of 10 foot antennas. In fact I got a call from the company asking why I needed so many of them since they had never been a particularly big seller. Sandy

    Bookmark   March 22, 2009 at 9:04AM
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sleeplessinftwayne(z4-5 IND)

I forgot to mention they usually grew the best crops from sections of the tubers from the previous years crop. I am sure by this time someone is selling tubers. It just takes too long from seed.
Wild Ginseng grew widely across states like WVA,VA,KY,TN where there was still old growth forest but that has mostly vanished. Twenty years ago, some of the folks from those areas could still find good Sang as they called it, but it was overharvested for too long.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2009 at 9:45AM
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It all depends on where you live in the United States and it is important that you have well drained soil and some sub-freezing temperatures in the winter for the ginseng dormancy. For where to get seeds or rootlets, write to Lee's, P.O. Box 68276-G, New Augusta, IN 46268

    Bookmark   June 28, 2009 at 9:57AM
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zzackey(8b GA)

Can I grow it in SE Ga?

    Bookmark   February 14, 2014 at 4:09PM
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chervil2(z5 MA)

From reading, yes you can. A shaded area is idea.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2014 at 9:01PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

sleeplessinftwayne, why did you have to move the shade cloth?

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 8:32PM
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