So should I be laying them in the ground on their side? Yesterday I tried to dig a V shape hole deep enough not to turn up the hair roots but was difficult hope I didn't waste my time on the roots planted so far
I'll be anxious to read about your results this spring. In 2011 I planted a bunch of 2 year old rootlets-I can't remember the name of the guy I got them from, anyway they looked great and I was amazed how big they were for 2 years old. I put them in woods I know ginseng grows with the top about an inch below ground and as best as I've been able to tell not a single one ever came up. It was a warmer and dryer than usual winter followed by a warm dry spring and summer, maybe that caused the failure. Hope yours goes much better!
In 2009 I got 10 rootlets and planted them in our woods. 2 days later I checked on them and all 10 had been dug up out of the dirt, and the roots were laying on the ground. I planted them all again a few feet over, and 2 days later checked again and all 10 were dug up and gone completely. Would that be the work of chipmunks, squirrels, turkeys, woodchucks, deer, or something else?