How to find ginseng

Quick Tips on Finding Ginseng Habitat

A lot of people want to know how to find ginseng. It does no good to search for it in places that won’t support its growth, and if you want to grow it in such a way that mimics wild ginseng, you’ll need to know where it would ordinarily grow before you plant seeds. It helps to know what kinds of habitat it likes the most. Proper habitat will make the difference between whether you have a crop to begin harvesting in a decade, or not. Here’s a few quick tips:

  1. North-, west- or east-facing slopes with old growth forests and about 80% shade density.
  2. Loamy, moist soil with decomposing leaf litter cover.
  3. Look for the companion plants.

The most reliable indicator of good habitat is the presence of companion plants, also called “indicator” plants. Ginseng has a specific season when it’s legal to harvest, and specific practices that will help ensure the plant continues to exist in the wild. Please follow the laws of your state regarding how and when to harvest. For the state of Arkansas, those rules are here (it’s a PDF file). I also go over specific practices to help the plant survive in my book Sustainable Ginseng, see the link below.

Wild Ozark offers helpful books on ginseng and companion plants:

ginseng companion plants habitat and site assessment guide  ginseng habitat, companion plants, virtually wild ginseng

 

 

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ginseng look alikes by madison woods

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More about How to Find Ginseng

You can read a more in-depth article by clicking here: http://www.wildozark.com/how-to-find-ginseng/

I also have other articles about ginseng listed at the index page.

About Madison Woods

Madison writes books, handbooks and articles about American Ginseng, and sci-fantasy influenced by or set in the Ozarks. She blogs about her life in the Wild Ozarks. She welcomes new connections through the various social medias - follow by clicking the icons below.

About Madison Woods

Madison writes books, handbooks and articles about American Ginseng, and sci-fantasy influenced by or set in the Ozarks. She blogs about her life in the Wild Ozarks. She welcomes new connections through the various social medias - follow by clicking the icons below.

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