How To Grow Ginseng At Home
Although it takes some time to get the plants going, home grown ‘wild’ ginseng has more value and character than cultivated roots. You don’t have to drive to the nearest herbal store or shop online to buy this wonder herb. You can grow it in your perennial garden or, if you’re really lucky and have a woodland-type environment or one that is mostly shade, you can grow it just like it grows in nature – especially if your wooded area is on a sloping terrain.
Did you know that wild Ginseng is worth between $500 to $600 per pound for wild Ginseng compared with about $50 per pound of cultivated roots. If you have time and space in your garden growing Ginseng could be a very profitable venture.
Ginseng is not an easy plant to grow, it needs the correct setting otherwise it will grow poorly or not at all. The ideal location will be in a well-shaded wooded area of 80 to 90 percent shade where hardwoods trees – such as tulip poplar, maple, beech, hickory, walnut, and oak – are growing.
The thicker the canopy the better as this will cut down on the number of understory plants that will over-shade or out-compete ginseng. If the growing area gets too much sun, the amount of light will encourage grass and weeds to grow, and these will choke out the ginseng. In a wooded natural habitat, the best place to plant ginseng will be on a north- or east-facing slope where the ground will be cooler than on south- or west-facing slopes
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