Ginseng Cultivation and Growing Tips
Ginseng is sometimes a difficult plant to grow. It is a plant that requires commitment for the fact that roots are best when left to maturity for 5-10 years. It is a committed gardener that decides to plant a crop, waiting 5-10 years to harvest the best and most potent roots is a task filled with risk, patience, and an eye to the distant future.
Long used as an herbal remedy, Ginseng Panax brings the mystique of the Orient to your patio, backyard, perennial garden or woodland plot. Stunning in bloom, this conversation piece is particularly attractive when massed beneath a grove of shade trees, or cascading down a forested hillside toward a rocky stream.
Ginseng did not get its reputation as a tonic and healing herb for nothing. The quest to grow wild simulated ginseng can be more than a hobby. It can be a reconnection with having faith in Nature's ability to provide cures in things that are healthy for us. Growing in the deep woods, it is not naturally a plant of the cultivated field. To grow it in its natural habitat is to remain connected to the forest, for the trees are your allies.
You can recreate the shady environment and conditions to grow ginseng in a flower pot, or locate the perfect spot in your yard or garden. If you have nice woods on your property you might consider a crop (see wild simulated).
We can ship you stratified seeds. Ginseng seeds will only sprout after two years natural storage (stratified seed).
Many folks prefer our roots which are two or three year old entire roots (the ginseng root must remain whole to grow, unlike the goldenseal root which can be cut into sections/rootlets). We send you directions on growing, all you have to do is be ready to plant when you get them.
It is best to transplant the rootlets in spring and fall. Usually March and April just before they begin to bud. In the fall after the berries have fallen off is also a good time. Handle root delicately, taking care not to disturb the root during all transplanting procedures. Plant it in the fall and leave it alone until it comes up in the spring.
Ginseng requires 80 percent shade to thrive and prefers a deep rich loamy soil. Organic humus works well. It also requires good drainage.
Stratified Ginseng Seed
We harvest the plants and collect the seed, and then we put the seeds in moist sand for one year. This process helps protect the seed from predators and mother nature while the embryo develops and grows. After one year we remove the seed from these special seed boxes and it is ready to be planted. Stratified seed should be planted throughout the fall and into early spring (September through March). Seeds sprout in spring.