I agree the poaching needs to stop. All I was saying is in some areas its not the biggest problem. I think the age limit law is not the way to fix the problem either. I dug little three prongs this year that had four inch curls and a bulb root the size of a dime. I replanted them but a lot of people wouldnt. I think we need a law for minimum size roots not stalks. Sometimes I will dig a big three or four prong with a large berry pod and a small root. I always replant these if the root is undamaged. They are worth more as a seed producing plant than a dollar or two for a small dry root.
Hwfredrick.. you sound like a true digger was not trying to argue with u ,as this is just my opinion. I respect they way go about replanting. My apologies sir ,if I sounded like a prick. Just feed up with 3 leave diggers and 2prongs. And very small threes. St least let them get big enough to produce berries. I didn't know what you stated above about leaving inch of a coil it would still produce berries. Please accept my apologies if I offended you , was not my intentions
You didn't upset me. I know poaching is bad. I hate to see anybody dig a three leaf. Its so stupid to start with because they dry up to nothing. I call it a curl you call it a coil a lot of people call it the neck. But yes is you leave a piece of it in the ground. It will more than likely send up a stalk each year and eventually form a new root.p
I don't think they will shut down ginseng season any time soon. But we all need to figure out a way to replant a lot of seed or plants in places that ginseng has been overharvested or it may happen someday. There should be a big fine for those digging out of season and the ones buying it. The fine should be more the smaller the plants. Digging first year three leafs is ridiculous. They would dry up to nothing. As I stated before I think there should be restrictions on small roots no matter how old they are.