Well.... here in south eastern Ohio I've been getting a few ripe berries from my wild sim plants..,
Just been poking them in the ground nearby... The native plants look for the most part to be at least 2 to 3 weeks away from now before starting to ripen.
And yes, I had a few berry pods that were FULL of wild berries just turn up empty... Not really sutr what got them but doesn't really look like it was done by deer or turkeys...
TN.... I'm not really sure what got them, but the only thing on the ground was one lone (yet fully intact) ripe berry. Perhaps it was some type of small rodent, but if so he must have packed them off elsewhere to eat.... :/
Maya, its been my experience that once a plant starts producing berries they are most likely viable even the first year, I know that some of the early years some wild simulated plants will have what I have called false flower heads, the plants look like they are going to bear seed but they ultimately dont produce any seed.
5prong, I have about 500 seed from last year that I have been stratifying on my counter top in a bowl, no sand or anything,just in a bowl sitting on a counter, I just keep them moist by watering weekly,well last month an interesting thing happened, I was away from home for about a week and when I returned I discovered that a mouse had found my seed,about 25 seed were cracked and eaten but there were less than fifty left in the bowl. I assumed that the other 400 seed were eaten as well but I was not able to locate the rest of the seed casings, 2 days later I was going out to the woods and I started to put on my pair of army boots, as I was putting the second one on I felt something inside the boot that felt like a pile of dirt, I pulled my foot out and dump the boot and found about 400 ginseng seed, so maybe mice will plant
a lot more ginseng seed than they eat.
5 prong...2 years ago I had a chipmunk infestation around the house here [iam surrounded by woods] so I set some rat traps.about the 5 th one I caught had both mouth pouches full of seng seeds from a small patch of seng about 1000 yards from my house....