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Wild Ginseng?
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Salmoneye    Posted 06-17-2001 at 05:45:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Anyone have any experience with Identifying Wild Ginseng?
I think I know what it looks like, but am not sure.

Is this it?


Redbelly1    Posted 06-17-2001 at 11:46:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Salmoneye,

It dont look like it to me. The leaves are a bit too green, and mature Ginseng has 5 leaves, smaller plants,( one and two prongs), can have only three leaves.

Also,if it's part of a vine,it aint "Sang".

"Sang" has a single stalk coming out of the ground, and splits into forks or "Prongs" about 6 to 12" from the ground. The stalks are very tender, they'll bend and break pretty easily.

Larrys photos are good examples of typical Ginseng plants.



Salmoneye    Posted 06-18-2001 at 05:15:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks RedBelly!

My learning curve is almost straight up at this point, and I appreciate the info!


Larry    Posted 06-17-2001 at 06:04:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]

That kind of looks like it. Tell you what,I'll run out and take a picture of a ginseng plant I got growing in my secret stash,and post it here for you.Be right back....


Salmoneye-Thanks!    Posted 06-17-2001 at 06:12:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I really appreciate it!


Larry    Posted 06-17-2001 at 07:03:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Oop's, Lets try that another way.


Salmoneye    Posted 06-18-2001 at 05:13:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks Larry!

I see now my mistaken ID.
My Great Uncle was an 'herbologist' and a nurseryman for nearly 70 years. He also collected ginseng all over Vermont. I was too young to pay attention before he died. I purchased his house and contents and came across bags of 40 year old ginseng root. I have no idea if it is still any good, but it is very dry and starting to disintegrate.
I am now getting interested in watching for it in the woods while I hunt bear in the fall.
I also have an acre of mature (appx 50 year old) Sugar Maples. It is my understanding that this is one of the best habitats to grow ginseng.
I have done searches all over the net and your pics are by far the best I have found. There are many 'companies' out there that will sell you ginseng seed and immature roots. I understand that this is a longterm 7-10 year commitment, but I am not going anywhere.

I do have a couple of questions.

Does the whole 'stalk' above the ground die back to ground level every year?

Is the stalk woody?

What part of the country are you in? The reason I ask is to determine if yours is flowering earlier than the plants here.

Thanks again!


Larry    Posted 06-18-2001 at 14:23:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Why don't you send me a e-mail,and I'll try to answer any questions you might have. I'm afraid once I get started on the subject of ginseng I might take up too much room here.


Larry    Posted 06-17-2001 at 06:59:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Here's your pictures.If you have any questions don't be afraid to ask.


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