This is the 2018 ginseng prices page for diggers and dealers. These prices are not indicative of retail prices that consumers pay for wild American ginseng. If you are searching (as a consumer) for someone to sell you wild ginseng go to THIS page and I’ll refer you to a trusted seller with the proper licenses for domestic and/or international sales.
If you are a seller with proper licences and a concern for ginseng sustainability and would like to sign up for my retail referral program, email me.
Lots of speculation this year with the Chinese and American Tariff squabbles going on. No one really knows how this will affect the export market this year. We’ll know more once the season opens and deals begin to firm up.
If you hear any news on this email me or comment below so I can update the page.
2018 Ginseng Prices
Nothing to post yet in this section. Prices won’t be firmed up until the season opens in September. If you hear any news on this email me or comment below so I can update the page.
While there’s nothing to post yet regarding ginseng prices, here’s some information on other roots that buyers buy before ginseng season starts. It’s not yet time to dig or sell ginseng, but ginseng buyers usually buy other things besides ginseng. Some of them buy furs and most buy an assortment of roots and botanicals.
If you buy other herbs and roots, send me the link to your page and I’ll list yours here too. It would be nice to get a good catalog of buyers from all around the ginseng-producing states.
Here’s a list of items currently being bought by Mills Ginseng (Trevor Mills). Click on the “See More” link to go to his post at Facebook to view the entire list.
I know that buyers buy herbs like this at this time of year because it depends on the market he is selling to and when they will buy from him. However, it’s not the best time of year to harvest the roots of any plants. If you are (or want to be) more than just a ginseng digger and want to branch out into supplying other botanicals, the best way to approach it would be to harvest all roots in the winter or fall. Except for ginseng it is legal to hold them until the following buying season for the other botanicals (often summer). It is not legal to hold ginseng from year to year without certifying the roots.
Why wait until fall to dig roots of other herbs too? Because the roots are more potent once the plant is finished using its energy on above-ground growth (leaves, flowers, fruit). Once the tops start dying back, the energy returns to the root in preparation to go dormant through winter. This is when it’s a good time to dig root herbs- while the energy is in the root.