If you have read my previous posts you are aware I am planting my first small plot of ginseng in about a month. I am wondering if there is any benefit to buying seeds from different growers and planting in their own small beds, mixing them or just stick to one type of seeds when planting? The main thing I have learned over the past year of research for planning this year's planting is - there are no small or easy decisions when it comes to ginseng.
It somewhat depends on what your goal is. If you are planting to grow for roots to harvest, then I'd say it makes no difference. If you are planting to grow for seed and are looking to sell seed commercially in the future, then there might be some benefit to mixing different genetic sources.
I've planted plots with single source seeds and plots with mixed source seeds. I can't tell a difference between either and the offspring (seed) from both seem to do just fine.
I will be planting to harvest a ways down the road. I'll try using one source for my first plot this year and see how it goes. I was wondering if one type of seed would grow better than another but I guess that it depends on the soil and not the seeds.