SEASON TO PLANT GINSENG—At what time of year should ginseng be planted and how old must it be before it is marketable? Can the plants be bought or must one grow it from seed? I would also like to know the same regarding golden seal.
Ginseng, either the seeds or the young plants, may be planted in the fall or early spring, but the fall season is believed to be the best, especially for seed, as it requires eighteen months to germinate. Both seed and young plants may be bought at reasonable prices from the various ginseng growers. The roots are not marketable until they have had five or six years growth. Golden seal may be propagated from the seed, divided roots, or small plants, and the planting may be done in the fall or spring. The roots are marketable at from two to three years. For complete information on the culture of these plants, read “Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants.”
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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