The great state of North Carolina has implemented a lottery system on ginseng harvesting permits. Basically meaning to be able to dig wild ginseng you must have a permit, to get a permit you must be chosen randomly by a computer drawing . Continue reading “The North Carolina Ginseng Lottery.”
Taken over an extended period, it is used to increase mental and physical
performance, Ginseng is said to be therapeutic for the whole body.
This article was written by my late friend, Deb Jackson, around 1999. She was one of my early mentors and a major contributor to the plant descriptions on Altnature.com. Deb passed away in May of this year.
It been edited and updated a few times.
What tools do you dig with to prevent harming the roots?
Continue to read the answers Continue reading “What tools do you use to harvest Ginseng?”
I always buy stratified seeds that have been disinfected, as an extra precaution I soak them in hydrogen peroxide myself. To do this, I put 2 tablespoons peroxide in 1 gallon of water, stir it around a bit then add the seeds. Let them soak for about 5 minutes, take out and air dry.
Your mission as a Good Ginseng Steward, should you choose to accept, is plant seed, learn all you can, harvest ethically, and pass your knowledge along as you learn. The first step is finding the best place you have to plant it, and getting the seed. You have plenty of time to learn the rest as you go along.
I’m happy to see interest from people who want to begin to grow Ginseng. Growing Ginseng in your woods isn’t easy money but can be very rewarding as a long term plan. Planting ginseng seed is also a great way to teach your children about working on long term goals. If you get your five-year-old kids out planting, tell them they are raising money for their first car in ten years! Continue reading “Ginseng Basics – A Beginners Guide Part 1”
Many growers choose the “rake and scatter method” to plant their seeds mainly because it’s the easiest of all methods. However, in recent years, through scientific research, I have been enlightened to the benefits of planting ginseng seeds .5-.75 inches in the soil. Here are the benefits of planting ginseng seeds at this depth.
When I was just 12 years old, I came across a monster Ginseng patch. I had no idea what I found wasn’t normal until my adult years. This was a very special place just like Nan had always said!