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Growing American Ginseng?

Posted by eggo z10soCal LBC (My Page) on
Sat, Jan 7, 06 at 14:28

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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RE: Growing American Ginseng?

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.... ;^).


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RE: Growing American Ginseng?

  • Posted by eggo z10soCal LBC (My Page) on
    Sun, Jan 8, 06 at 16:40

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


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RE: American Ginseng?

  • Posted by eggo z10soCal LBC (My Page) on
    Sun, Jan 8, 06 at 16:41

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


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RE: Growing American Ginseng?

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 !


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RE: Growing American Ginseng?

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.


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