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Friday, November 11, 2016

Growing Ginseng from Seed - A growing guide

Farming in the Forest.

American Ginseng

There are many ways to farm in the under story of your forest. Non-timber forest products or NTFPs deserve more attention especially when planning a integrated permaculture environment. So while you are managing an existing woodland or have planted a fuel-wood forest with Black Locust or other high heat content tree, consider adding some other valuable plantings along the way.  Fungi, moss, lichen, herbs, vines, shrubs, trees are some category examples.  
Here are a few specific ideas, there are lots more:
  • Queen Anne's Lace
  • Lupine
  • Mullein
  • Ostrich Fern (fiddle heads)
  • Highbush Cranberry
  • Thimbleberry, raspberry, etc.
  • Hazelnuts
  • Cranberry
  • Goldenthread
  • St. Johnswort
  • Sweetgrass
  • Coltsfoot
  • Comfrey
  • Dandelion
  • Mushrooms
  • and Ginseng

How to grow ginseng in your woods.

I looked many places for some instruction and there is a lot of advise.  Here are a few videos that, after some significant time looking, I feel are the best.  

What is ginseng?

Where does ginseng grow?

Planting wild ginseng.

Planting Ginseng in Forests.

The lifecycle of ginseng. 

Processing Ginseng.

Ginseng Seeds by jiovi®  Link to purchase

Ginseng seeds take a few years to be ready grow the following spring.  Our seeds have been stratified.  This means they have already been conditioned for over 12 months and are ready to plant anytime before the ground freezes in your area.  Germination rates should be around 85%. Important notes: 1) We cannot ship to Canada or outside the United States as this is considered an endangered species. 2) Our seeds have not been treated with Apron XL. 
ginseng seeds  by jiovi
Clicking the photo will take you to our retail website to purchase these seeds.

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