GINSENG SEED—AMOUNT PRODUCED
GINSENG SEED—AMOUNT PRODUCED—A careful estimate shows there was enough ginseng seed produced last year to plant 450 acres. At this rate of increase what is there to prevent there being many times more root on the market five years hence? Thus the ‘bottom would fall out,” I with it, and if so, would It not be wiser to give more attention to golden seal and other plants, following closely in value?
We do not believe that there is any danger of the demand for American ginseng falling off, at least for many years. While cultivated ginseng is not valued as highly as the wild root, the supply of the latter grows less each year, and in a few more years there will be practically, none reaching the market, and the cultivated article must take its place entirely. As yet, the cultivated and wild root combined do not nearly supply the demand of the hundreds of millions of Orientals who desire it. Another thing to consider is that not all of the seeds produced germinate, and even if they would, not everybody that engages in ginseng culture is successful. Blight and other troubles must be reckoned with. At present prices the raising of golden seal looks very good, and considering the shorter length of time required to produce a crop, we think that it would be a paying proposition, even if the price decreases considerably from that paid now. As you suggest, there are other plants that it may be well to investigate with the view of raising for profit.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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