Ginseng digging season doesn’t begin until Sept. 1, but people are already beginning to search for the answer to 2019 ginseng prices. So I went ahead and posted my yearly page devoted to this topic.
So, what are the prices?
The answer to this question won’t arrive until September. In the meantime, I’ll post forecasts from dealers and buyers and let the conversations begin in the comments.
If you’re thinking of digging early to get a jump on competition- don’t. Not only is it illegal, it’s not good for the survival of this endangered plant, and it’s not good for the quality of the medicine in the roots. A root is best dug after the tops have finished their work for the season. For ginseng, this occurs after the berries are ripe.
Aside from all of the ethical reasons why you shouldn’t dig early, there’s no guarantee you’ll find a buyer this year. Or the prices may be so low it’s not worth the effort of digging. Best to leave the plants in the ground until you know there’s someone to sell to at a price you find agreeable.
2019 Ginseng Prices and Market Forecasts
If you’re a buyer, seller, or somehow involved in the trade of ginseng, I’d love to post your thoughts about the upcoming season. I suspect the current trade situation with China will affect it some, but that was already in place last year, too. Leave your post in the comments or email me at [email protected]
From Terry Manley (IN): I believe the market for fresh roots will be strong. In the $150 to $200 range. Dry roots will be speculation for a while but I predict the starting price to be conservative. My best guess, better sections in the $500 range. But I never advise sell dry roots early. You can find Terry on Facebook or through the Indiana DNR.
Help with Identification
If you’re new to digging, you might want to double check the identity of the plants you’re planning to dig. I can’t tell you how many folks thought they had ‘tons’ of ginseng only to find out what they had was ‘tons’ of Virginia creeper.
Feel free to send pics to me and if I don’t know offhand what it is, I’ll post the pics here for others to pitch in and help out.
My Involvement with Ginseng
Just so you know, I’m not a digger or a seller. I do sell ginseng and goldenseal seedlings to the local market in spring and bare root by mail order in fall.
Wild Ozark is the only certified ginseng nursery in Arkansas. Mostly, though, my interest in ginseng is in sharing the love I have for the fragile habitat these plants love to live in, in helping others be good stewards, and in offering information to those interested in re-establishing or identifying good habitat.
I have a lot of info here on this site for how to identify, and sometimes that is a double-edged sword.
It’s a possibility that people, once they learn how to tell the difference, will go forth and dig all they can find.
The flip side of that, though, is that people armed with information and knowledge will make better choices and harvest only a portion. Leave a good percentage of older plants and do no harm to the delicate balance of nature in the ginseng habitats.
Photos of Ginseng
Here’s how the plants look right now at the Wild Ozark nursery.
Previous Prices Pages
CURRENT & PREVIOUS PRICES PAGES
These are the pages for current and previous years:
2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
Madison Woods is an author, artist, and Paleo Paint maker living
with her husband in northwest Arkansas far off the beaten path. She uses Ozark pigments to create her paintings.
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