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Growing Information:

Ginseng

DAYS TO GERMINATION: 180+ days

SOWING TIME: Fall

SEEDING METHOD: Direct or Transplant

SUNLIGHT PREFERENCE: Shade

PLANT HEIGHT: 8-16"

PLANT SPACING: 4-6"

HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 4-8

Habitat and Description


Growing Ginseng
CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS

Ginseng is sometimes a difficult plant to grow. At the very least it is a plant that requires commitment for the fact that roots are best when left to maturity in 5-10 years. It is a committed gardener that decides to plant a crop, waiting 5-10 years to harvest the best and most potent roots is a task filled with risk, patience, and an eye to the distant future.

When planting in rows, plant the rows 8 to 10 inches apart and the seeds about 4 to 6 inches apart in the rows. Plant seeds 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep. As soon as they are planted, seeds should be covered with woods dirt. Seeds must never be left to get dry or they won't grow. After being planted and covered, cover them with about 1 inch of mulch so the plant can come through in the spring. That should be all you have to do to keep it growing. The next fall should take care of the mulching by itself from the leaves falling if you picked a good natural forest area. Rotted leaves are best for mulch - never use straw or hay. It has too many other seeds in it that will grow like grass, weeds, and clover seeds. Mulch helps prevent heaving by frost and keeps ground from drying out and baking. It is good to leave some mulch on all the time. When planted throughout the forest, this is usually taken care of by nature by the leaves falling in the fall. Growing it commercially is good too, but it involves quite a lot of expense, time, etc., but it is profitable if one wants to make a business of growing it but remember, you will only get a fraction of the price of wild-stimulated ginseng.

Ginseng can also be purchased as roots.



Ginseng


The benefits of Ginseng

Ginseng has been used to treat a variety of health problems, such as:

  • Reducing mental stress and anxiety
  • Increasing mental clarity and alertness
  • Stimulating the immune and nervous system
  • Treating diabetes
  • Preventing the growth of certain types of cancer cells
  • Lowering cholesterol levels
  • Improving digestion
  • Reducing fatigue
  • Improving athletic endurance

Some clinical studies have also shown that, in males, Ginseng may facilitate penile erection, and increase testosterone levels and sperm production.





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