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TOPIC: New Ginseng Hunter from Vermont, confused with some questions, hoping some of you can help.

New Ginseng Hunter from Vermont, confused with some questions, hoping some of you can help. 1 year 1 week ago #39530

So I've got my permit but wasn't able to make it out until the first week or so of October, when the leaves had already fallen. I didn't see any red berries, and assumed they had been eaten by the local wildlife.

I brushed away the leaf litter to confirm the neck scars and everything looked like it checked out. Multiple prongs, 5 leaves, scarred necks.

I had watched a few youtube videos on people digging up Ginseng and they all seemed to agree the best way was to use a trowel or something about 6 inches away from the root and kind of dig in a circle. This was not my experience. As you can see from these pictures, there are no \"carrot\" or \"potato\" type roots, and there were multiple plants growing from the same root system, sometimes yards apart. This pile you see here is from two digs, and each time I just wanted to dig one up out of a group to get a taste for it.

Am I digging up the wrong plant? Are the roots like this because of the terrain? I'm very confused and not planning on going forward this year until I've figured this out. My permit is good for three years, so I think next year I'll be getting out there a lot earlier, when the berries are still unripe, just to be sure I'm IDing the right plants, and then hopefully get to the berries before the animals do so that I can do some replanting.

Any help or advice would be gratefully appreciated.
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Re:New Ginseng Hunter from Vermont, confused with some questions, hoping some of you can help. 1 year 1 week ago #39531

This is the result of two digs, initially planned on one plant each, but the root network just kept going and going.
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Re:New Ginseng Hunter from Vermont, confused with some questions, hoping some of you can help. 1 year 1 week ago #39532

GMG
You really need to do some serious research on ginseng! I don't know what you've dug up but it's not even close to what ginseng looks like.

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Re:New Ginseng Hunter from Vermont, confused with some questions, hoping some of you can help. 1 year 1 week ago #39533

Sorry but definitely not ginseng

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Re:New Ginseng Hunter from Vermont, confused with some questions, hoping some of you can help. 1 year 1 week ago #39534

I know, which is why I posted here. Thanks for the help.

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Re:New Ginseng Hunter from Vermont, confused with some questions, hoping some of you can help. 1 year 1 week ago #39535

Sorry but agree with others, not real sure what that is but it is not ginseng.

Looks to be some type of vine, but hard to tell for sure.

Below is a website where I have several video's on actual ginseng hunts, showing plant tops and roots.
also some vid's on growing wild simulated ginseng.

www.youtube.com/user/YTTNhunter/videos

Below is another good youtube site for Ginsneg Hunting, and other wild roots, mushrooms, etc.

www.youtube.com/user/GinsengHunter1/videos

Good Luck next time !

TNHunter

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Re:New Ginseng Hunter from Vermont, confused with some questions, hoping some of you can help. 1 year 1 week ago #39536

Do you know of a plant that would have neck scars like that, along with an almost identical leaf growth pattern? Those are the reasons I'm so thrown off here.

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Re:New Ginseng Hunter from Vermont, confused with some questions, hoping some of you can help. 1 year 1 week ago #39537

Thanks for the links TNhunter

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Re:New Ginseng Hunter from Vermont, confused with some questions, hoping some of you can help. 1 year 1 week ago #39538

Virginia Creeper has a similar leaf pattern and it grows on a vine, covering ground at times and climbing trees at times.

Below is a pic of a bunch of Virginia Creeper vine, growing mostly low like a ground cover in this case... and there is a 3 prong ginseng plant in there with it.

Notice how the VC has similar leaf pattern.... They both have clusters of 5 leaves...

But on the ginseng the leaf clusters are arranged in a pattern. The 3 larger leaves point out from the center, and the 2 smaller leaves point back to the center. In the center there is where the berry cluster would be if berries were on.

Keep looking... you will figure it out.

TNHunter

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Re:New Ginseng Hunter from Vermont, confused with some questions, hoping some of you can help. 1 year 1 week ago #39539

That pic of the ginseng with Virginia creeper was made in June on a scouting trip.

So that is what it looks like in June, before season.

Depending on where you are at and how the weather has been in your area... your ginseng now may look more like this (if it is still up).

Late in the year, especially if it has been dry, it will look like this near the end of it's yearly life cycle.

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