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How can you tell ginseng from other plants?
American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) can be most easily identified by its three-pronged (or more) five-leaflet display of the mature plant. W. Scott Persons, in "American Ginseng, Green Gold," says the best way to identify "sang" during the digging season is to look for the red berries.
What trees does ginseng grow around?
Ginseng grows in deciduous forest covers with maple, beech, oak, and hickory trees. Ginseng also requires a shaded area to grow. So, you need to find shaded places within these forests to find ginseng. Ginseng plant leaves consist of 3-7 leaflets.
Where does ginseng grow the best?
The most favorable temperature and soil moisture conditions generally are associated with north or east facing slopes with at least a 75 per cent shade canopy. The best shade is provided by deep rooted, deciduous trees such as poplars and oaks. Ginseng grows best in a moist, well drained soil.
What states is it legal to grow ginseng?
It depends on where you live. There are 19 states that allow harvesting of wild ginseng for export: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Is it legal to dig ginseng?
It is illegal to harvest American ginseng roots on most State lands and all National Park Service land. Some U.S. Forest Service National Forests issue harvest permits for wild ginseng while other National Forests prohibit the harvest of ginseng.
Is there money in growing ginseng?
These small roots can also be quite profitable, currently selling for $2 to $3 each! At the current prices, a half acre garden could produce $100,000 worth of seeds and roots over a six year period, or over $16,000 per year. As any ginseng grower will tell you, that beats growing potatoes by a country mile!
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