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TOPIC: 2015 season starts now!

Re:2015 season starts now! 2 years 3 months ago #36405

Hugh, do you think that bigger plant has relatively few berries because it was not pollinated well? I dug down a little to look at the neck, it's over 15 years. Conversely I've seen some younger ones that had massive berry pods. I'm just thinking what timing and coverage does for pollination in the orchards.

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Re:2015 season starts now! 2 years 3 months ago #36409

Boy, Maya!
That's a hard one to answer. I think that I see that more than almost anybody on this board because of hot dry weather. It seems like we get to a point every year that pollination just cuts off and the larger , older plants do a little better than the younger ones. I doubt that would be the problem in your area. Some experts say the ginseng plant is self pollinating and yet we know the little wasp and sweat bees works the berry pods and helps to set fruit. A 15 year old plant should not have a problem setting a full berry pod, but it is rare for me to see one , even in the mountains. When I look at the full berry pods of Hill's plants and the big fields of shade grown plants in Wisconsin and Canada, it makes me think it has to be a nutritional thing. Maybe we'll know some day.


Hugh

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Re:2015 season starts now! 2 years 3 months ago #36431

Found my first red berried plant this afternoon,and the lighting really cooperated nicely ! I thought I would have seen the first ripe one earlier then this...
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Re:2015 season starts now! 2 years 3 months ago #36434

good looking plant right there..

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Re:2015 season starts now! 2 years 3 months ago #36435

Nice pic WesternPaBilly! I have a couple patches near my house I can get to easily, haven't seen any red ones yet. Should see some pretty soon though.

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Re:2015 season starts now! 2 years 3 months ago #36436

I checked my photo library to see when I photographed my first red berries last year and it turned out to be just one day earlier, Aug. 4th

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Re:2015 season starts now! 2 years 3 months ago #36438

I received this email this morning from the TNA Wild Ginseng Co. here in Pa.


\"Each year started September we offer highest price of the season for long neck green wild ginseng. With neck 2.5-4 inches and 15 grams of weight and up. We will pay $400-500 per lbs green. Equal 1600 -2000 (4 lbs green equal one lbs dry) per lbs dry. We can also buy Green roots not over 2.5 inches, price depend on the age of the roots. Will do our best offer you higher then market price

Please do not wash the green roots. gently clean the dirt with brush. Storage in a container with lid then put in the refrigerator with 38-40 degree.\"

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Re:2015 season starts now! 2 years 3 months ago #36439

That's a real good start!

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Re:2015 season starts now! 2 years 3 months ago #36440

maya wrote:

That's a real good start!



I wonder what price that translates into for average unsorted sang that most of us dig ?

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Re:2015 season starts now! 2 years 3 months ago #36441

I had very few berries on my plants this year. Like 90% less. It is weird because in 15 years of growing I have never seen this. One thing I have noticed is less and less insects this year. I do a lot of macro video and photography so I am always out on my land looking for new subjects.

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