I am new to the forum, but I have been reading this forum for over a year.
Well I final pulled the trigger and ordered some seed. I am going to try growing a little Wild Simulated ginseng in my yard. I have read everything I could get my hands on and I think my lot may be OK. I stopped by the VA co-op office and picked up a soil test kit, but haven't sent it in yet. Since I am right here in my yard and not way out in the woods, I can use my lawn tractor and micro disc. So I guess I came up with some of my own planting methods. I thought I would share some pictures of me planting my first few hundred seeds. I got a pound of seed so I have got plenty more work to do. It only took me about two hours to plant 400 seeds (most of that was clearing old limbs and sticks).
Wow planting rootlets is time consuming. I got 50 3 year old rootlets from Harding, 100 one year old rootlets from Shady Oaks Ginseng, and a pound of seed from Premier Ginseng. I have managed to get half the seed planted and have been planting rootlets now, for what seems like forever. With it getting dark so early, I can?t do any planting after work each day, and weekends there is always something that comes up. I can see why Wild and Wild simulate roots have such character; there are so many other roots for them to compete with under the trees. All those tree roots, really slow down planting the rootlets. I only have about 10 more 3 year old rootlets left to plant, but I still have at least 50 one year old rootlets left. At least the one year old roots are easier to plant, don?t have to dig as deep.
Yardgrower, Nice pics, hope to see some pics in the spring when your hard work shows its self. I'm glad you shared your story and am interested of how it goes in the years to come. Good Luck to you and your plants.
Thanks Huntndig. My family and friends are all getting tired of hearing about Ginseng and will all probable have a big laugh at me if nothing comes up next spring. It's nice to have a forum like this to come to where everyone shares the interest. It seems like the forum slows down a bit once digging season is over.