I took the pic below of a small 3 prong in my back yard earlier this week.
As you can see the berries are just starting to fill out.
Now this plant was a smallish 2 prong late last fall when I transplanted it to a small patch up close to my home.
In TN our ginseng harvesting season starts August 15 and for the first week or two most of the plants we find still have green berries. It is normally the very end of August or first of September before the majority of the berries have turned that lovely red color.
Wondering if you are south or north of me (Middle Tennessee area is where I live).
I took a stroll on my property this morning and found a few 3 prongers and they all looked similar to that picture I shared earlier. One or two were still in the flower stage others had very small berry development.
None were filled out.
Whereever you are - sounds like your Ginseng is a bit ahead of mine development wise.
** Update ** - just figured out I could click on your profile button and see that you are from KY (north of me).
It seems odd to me that being north of me your ginseng would be farther along than mine development wise. My ginseng was up on 4/15/2010 expect yours was up later than that.
I guess it is possible that the more south you are the ginseng may just take it's time a bit more about developing since it has a longer growing season.
here in S. Indiana Ive saw a few with the berries just startin to fill out but I think that its just one more thing that goes to show ya that while ginseng usually has pridictable traits really it can do anything and usually does so you never know what you might encounter
I'm up in cenral Ontario, Canada and on july 09,2010 my seed clusters were just starting to ripen like the one in the picture of the big ball of seeds. Now thats odd,1000 miles or so north and the same thing.