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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-26-2014, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Ginseng Under the Deck



About 3 or 4 years ago I planted a ginseng berry that contained seeds in a spot under my deck last year 2 plants grew but this year only one. Looks like it's doing well though.

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Re: Ginseng Under the Deck

I noticed a good spot of it. Suspected it was for years but I am sure now but never was in the area when they were in seed. Going to have to look for seeds this year and maybe harvest some. Wondering where you sell it and when you harvest it. I am thinking September or October. Isn't that when it seeds? I think at some of the fur sales they buy ginseng? Do you just dig it and dry it and put it in a cool place? I know where there are some pretty old plants and they seem to be doing well so I would like to help them out. What is the average price you get for ginseng? Thanks for any info.

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Re: Ginseng Under the Deck

Hey CC, Pennsylvania has a harvest or digging season for ginseng which starts September 1 and ends sometime in early November. You will see a cluster of bright red berries which contain 3 or 4 seeds like you see below.





When you dig the root it needs to dry. I harvest very little but roots on a cookie sheet out in the sun works real well. After it's dry, I'll try to get it to a buyer as soon as I can.
As far as selling, there is a place in Latrobe that buys but can't recall the name right now. There are places that advertise in Fur-Fish-Game and online for buying ginseng. Prices vary from $600.00 a pound for true wild root to $200.00 a pound for woods grown (Seed bought then planted and left to grow) and less than $100.00 for cultivated root. (Farm raised and fertilized)

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Re: Ginseng Under the Deck

There is a list of licensed Ginseng buyers on the DCNR website.

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Thanks for the heads up Clermont!

Here is the link.

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry...seng/index.htm

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Thanks that was a lot of great info.

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T ans T furpost in crabtree buys it

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Re: Ginseng Under the Deck

A patch of woods I hunt has tons of this. At least I think. Looks same. I have been notcing the red berries on the plants for 15 years. I will pick one this fall and post a pic to see if its real deal. Hast to be 1000 plants.
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Re: Ginseng Under the Deck

Red berries are NOT the key here. 5 Leaves ALL originating from SAME spot on stem and ALL stems arising from SAME spot on stalk!!!

Some plants look very similar. Uncle used to call one plant FOOLS SANG! Everybody thought they had found the mother load only to learn they didn't know what sang actually looks like!!!!
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Red berries are NOT the key here. 5 Leaves ALL originating from SAME spot on stem and ALL stems arising from SAME spot on stalk!!!

Some plants look very similar. Uncle used to call one plant FOOLS SANG! Everybody thought they had found the mother load only to learn they didn't know what sang actually looks like!!!!
Phen it is probally fools sang. Way to much there.
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