First ginseng I found was on the 19th. These were not open until Sunday. I hope it does not freeze too bad tonight the 23rd. Last year I had ginseng up on the 20th of April. These were first year plants last year and I have so many two prongs this year to count. 30LBS first year planted and 30 Last year. I should have many little ones to take care of now. A note last year people were mowing grass a week to two before this year. I have found very few plants from last years planting as of Monday but will check it all out tomorrow.
I checked the mountains yesterday as well as the house and the highest elevation that I found plants up was at 2500 ft. I have really been impressed with the growth of the plants at my house. I have some that are already over 12 inches high and beautiful seed pods formed on them. This has to be from all the rain that we received last year and the freezing and thawing of the ground this winter and spring. I haven't had growth like this since I began growing ginseng. I'll get some pictures on to show you what I mean. I'm glad that everyone's seng is doing good here in the South.
I just love walking through them and admiring the beauty of a ginseng plant. The time that they are emerging and \"in the bend\" is intriguing, and then when the berry pods turn deep red in the Fall, is just majestic. They remind me of a Poinsettia plant for some reason. I'm looking forward to seeing your plants when you get ready to photograph them. I'm a little concerned about this weather we are about to get in a few hours. Strong winds can break the stems off and they have not formed a new growth bud yet. It's getting close to us now and I'll be uneasy throughout the night. Good luck as the season progresses.
They are starting on their 8th year. Some of them are younger than that because I had to kill out some poison ivy and Virginia Creeper with Round Up. I had to replant those and lost a couple of years. Those that I photographed are all Wild Simulated. The wild ginseng is in another section.
Love the pics, Hugh... I feel the same as you, I visit my plant areas 3 or 4 times a week just for the enjoyment.
I cant keep the wind from laying the Ginseng down but due to the few days of wet, cool weather we're going to get I went ahead and give my plants a shot of fungicide to help them push through in case they need it. I would hate to see them start to drop this soon.
TNhunter, That's about how it is here as well. Everything is about 50-60% up with plenty still to come. The ones in this photo that are up have already begun to stretch on out and fill in.