Fall planting is the only way to go up in far north Maine.
Spring planting would be too risky since the ground is covered with snow sometimes into April. And thats on the Southeast, South and Southwest slopes where I plant all of my seeds. North and Northeast slopes have snow sometimes into May.
Plus for me, I have had too much success planting in the Fall to try spring plantings. I like sticking with what I know works well.
I plant anywhere from the middle of Nov until the middle of Feb. (In my area) Any earlier and I fear them drying out and any later we could get an early warm up like this year and last. I feel the rain needs to settle the dirt around the seeds well before they germinate and shoot out their tails.
I would not recommend spring planting at all. Tried a lb. one time around the first of April and had very sad results. I think that long winters nap really promotes their growth for the next year and being really neselted in the ground keeps the critters from sniffing them out so easily in the spring.
This was my first year planting and I'm so glad that I decided to start small.
I found this forum while searching for ginseng seed after another \"work-from-home\" option fizzled out. While searching, I found a place about 30 minutes north of us, so we ordered 4 oz. of seed and the ginseng \"bible\".
The weather had been perfect for planting...right up until my seed and book arrived!
I've got about 3 oz. planted and need to get the last oz. in the ground but it has been super-windy ever since getting the seed and we still have a lot of widow(er)-makers hanging in the tree tops, which makes me nervous about getting out in our woods when I'm home alone.
Guess I just need to put on my big girl panties and just get over it!
We're already setting back some money so that we can order seed this coming fall.
Bit...the winter planting newb who is pushing too close to spring planting
Those big broken limbs are due all their respect. One fell out onto a friend of mine about eight years ago, it went straight through his stomach and past his spine nailing him to the ground. After a life flight and a month in the hospital, he pulled through it. To this day he has an indention in his belly that would hold a cup full of water. They can be awfully dangerous, windy days especially.