Thanks to Wildgrown for this place to \"meet\". I'm new here and new to ginseng after our local county extension agent told us we had a site that should be ideal for growing ginseng -- north-facing wooded slope, mostly maple, ash, and hickory, lots of cohosh and trillium growing there, etc. But this is New Hampshire. When I went to take soil samples, I could dig more than an inch or two without running into stones, from pebble- to fist-size, and a webwork of stringy roots from other plants. This litter runs to at least four or five inches deep under the ground surface. Assuming I can pry this litter aside and plant ginseng seeds, will they grow marketable roots in this kind of setting? Would appreciate any insights or experience.
It would be better soil to plant in if you could go down atleast 3 - 4 inches before hitting rock. The roots will find their way around the rocks and other plant roots as they grow.
The area that I grow Wild Simulated has plenty of rocks and other plant roots intwined in the top soil. My roots have done great in this type of soil.
The rocks and roots is what adds character to the roots by making the seng roots twist and bend to go around rocks and roots to find room to grow.
A soil test would be good to make sure your soil is close in what it should be.