GINSENG—HOW GROWN—I had some ginseng that came up this spring from the seed and all has withered and died. I wish someone would tell me the cause of it and what to do to keep it from drying that way.
Ginseng is very particular as to conditions of soil, exposure, shade. We must find out its whims and pander to them or fail. It will not adapt itself to our methods, so we must learn its nature and adapt our land to it. It will not grow in old land, but will turn yellow and die. If the shade be too dense and close young seeding plants will often “damp off”. Sometimes when a ginseng bed is too near a field of grass or clover worms and grass hoppers that infest the grasses will destroy the ginseng. A south exposure is generally death to ginseng. I do not know the situation of your ginseng seedbed, but I dare say your failure is due to some of the above causes.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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