I took off real early yesterday to beat the heat and go for a scouting trip in a new place. An hour, all up hill got me heated up and I didn't see anything, I then decided to try and go down this drop off. No go, too steep, so I scaled up toward the top again when I spotted a an open area due steep rocky area. There was also an easy way to traverse that way so I headed up there at one point on all fours! I got to the open area, about 50 feet square and there, jumping out at me was the biggest seng plant I'd ever seen! Then another and another, all toll maybe 15 huge plants with some smaller ones!
These things were over the top pf my knees, with each leaf at least 5\" long and real wide.Every plant had huge swelled up berry clusters already too. I've seen some big ones but not like this! I'll take some pics before I dig them next month.
I dug these a couple years ago. The plants I saw yesterday were much bigger!
When you go on pre-season scouting trips - should take your camera with you so we can all see those big ones you found.
I always enjoy a good pic of a nice healthy LARGE ginseng plant.
PS - I was out looking my land over for potential planting sites yesterday morning and found 9 nice 3 prongers and one was nice and tall/large growing just up the hill a bit from the others. Some of them were bunched together with several smaller 2 prongs and 3 leafers growing under them (obviously natural re-production happening fairly well there).
Good sign for the half acre sized plot in that area that I plan to plant this fall
Oh I was kicking myself for not having one but I don't have a pocket cam right now. Knowing where I was going I didn't want to bring my big Nikon, but I'll bring it next month for sure! It took me over an hour up a steep mountain to get to this spot. I think I figured out a way to get there a little quicker next time.
It's real rocky there with some pretty big rocks to move to get at some of these. Not sure what to bring for digging.