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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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:
Nichols Garden Nursery
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
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.
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
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.
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
Can I grow it in SE Ga?
From reading, yes you can. A shaded area is idea.
sleeplessinftwayne, why did you have to move the shade cloth?