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Jared Stanley
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Location: Toomsuba, MS, 8a, 54" annual rainfall
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Is there anyone out there with Ginseng in their area who might be willing to send some seeds our way so that we can plant it as a part of our long-term system? It has been found in our county before and we live in a hardwood forest, so I believe it will grow well.

I realize the importance and scarcity of ginseng and I am not asking for anyone to disturb any roots!

Thanks in advance!
 
George Meljon
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Location: Southern Indiana zone 5b
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I'm on the ginseng wagon myself. No seeds yet either.
 
Jennifer Smith
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I bought my seed on ebay
 
Lance Kleckner
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Interesting thing is the wildlife usually get to the fruits before I can collect them and plant the seed.
 
Jennifer Smith
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I have been wondering about this. Do deer and goats, or wild turkey, eat ginseng? What kind of wildlife do you have? We also have lots of horses and squirrels. I hope to grow it close enough to the house to keep it safe grom poachers.
 
Lance Kleckner
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I'd imagine any browser like a deer or goat would eat the leaves if given a chance. I think birds probably eat the fruit but not sure what else would.
Fruit looks appealing, I tried, but not edible for me...
 
William James
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Since this is sort of on topic, could someone tell me if this is dried ginseng? Someone gave it to me and it is really strong and bad-tasting.
William

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wayne stephen
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William , Those roots are suspicious . While I can not say 100% they are not ginseng I have never ginseng like that . Even the pieces of root I recieved as scrap from a grower last week do not resemble those . Ginseng does not taste nasty . It is very earthy , reminiscent of dried porcini mushrooms . I like to take a piece of root and keep it in my cheek all day . I also like to eat the pulp off the fresh seed before planting it . Very tasty .
 
Cortland Satsuma
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Wayne,

Do you ever sell or trade some of the seeds you gather? If so, I would be interested.
 
wayne stephen
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Cortland , I have a freind whose father planted a sang plant 53 years ago . She gives me the seeds when it blooms . I plant them in my woodlot . Very special opportunity . The Grandmother Sang plant ! There is a fellow in North Carolina that sells seeds :

http://www.ncgoldenseal.com/eaglefeather/index.html

These are wild cultivated and you have to be on the ball , they go fast . He also sells transplantable roots , golden seal , cohoshes.
 
Cortland Satsuma
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@ Wayne...

Lucky you! Thanks for sharing the tip!
 
Angelika Maier
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I tried ginseng from bought seed but it did not work for me. I guess that it is far easier if it is still in the fruit.
 
Jennifer Smith
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It takes like 18 months for ginseng seed to stratify so if you are buying green seed lots can happen before it has a chance to grow.
 
Angelika Maier
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Is minus 5 C (about 20F) enough? We get that sometimes at night. MY fridge is not cooler either but we have a freezer.
 
Afghani Nurmat
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@ angelika

If you mean if -5 C is enough to stratify the seeds, the answer would be yes. what i found out to be important though is
that the seed must be kept cool and wet ALL THE TIME to germinate. if you buy dry seeds they propably won`t work. keep them in dampf, cool earth all the time and after about 18 months you might get lucky.
 
Al Senner
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Location: southeast SD (zone 4b/5a)
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I got mine from Horizon last fall. This year I think I'll try some more from JohnnySeeds.com. Best price for small lots I could find.
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