How You Grow Your Ginseng Will Determine How Much $$ You Get


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There are several different ways to grow Ginseng.  Determining what method is best for you Depends on you location and what you want to do With Your Ginseng.



Wild Simulated Ginseng

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If your looking to sell your ginseng for the Highest value than the Wild Simulated method would most likely be your best option. Not only does Wild Simulated Ginseng fetch similar prices as true Wild Ginseng, witch has recently been reported at over $1,000 a pound,  it also happens to be the easiest and the cheapest growing method.

Wild Simulated Ginseng is grown in the same locations and areas you would find Wild Ginseng. Mature hardwood forest with plenty of shade, rich well drained soils and either wild ginseng already growing in the area or companion plants that enjoy similar conditions. Wild Simulated Ginseng is also considered Organic Ginseng.

Minimal work is required to plant Wild Simulate Ginseng. Most growers will simply clear the under story, rake back the leaf litter and scratch the soil surface prior to planting the Stratified Ginseng Seed.

If You would like to know more about planting Wild Simulated Ginseng and Site Selection checkout the Ginseng Geek Members area.



Woods Grown Ginseng


Woods Grown or Woods Cultivated Ginseng is still grown under the natural shade canapes that Ginseng has enjoyed for thousands of years. Hand made raised beds are used, similar to that you would see in Field Cultivated Ginseng. Growing your Ginseng the Woods Grown way will require more maintenance and man power.  Due to the density that Ginseng is grown this way, you may also incur extra expenses. Sprays and other disease control methods may be required and is expected when growing this way.

Ginseng grown the Woods Cultivated way will get prices much better than Field Cultivated Ginseng but is regularly reported at around half the price of Wild Simulated Ginseng.


Field Cultivated Ginseng

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Grown under artificial shade in large fields of raised beds, Ginseng grown this way requires a large investment of time and money. Extra cost for  labor  and equipment will be required because for this method to be profitable it must be done on a grand scale. The price that Field Cultivated Ginseng gets fluctuates dramatically and is considered a low grade Ginseng, used more by major distributors like Mio, Pepsi or any other commercial product containing Ginseng. Disease control is a Must and the roots grow fast and straight like a carrot, it looks nothing like Wild or Wild Simulated Ginseng.


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Personally I prefer the Wild Simulated Method. I would rather be patient a few more years and produce a much more potent and profitable product. Sometimes you just need to sit back and be patient, like the old saying goes – Good Things Come To Those Who Wait…



American Ginseng is Found to Improve Cancer-Related Fatigue

The Mayo Clinic conducted a multisite, double-blind trial on the effects of American Ginseng on cancer-related fatigue. 364 patients at 40 different institutions, were given 2000Mg of American Ginseng daily or a Placebo for 8 weeks.  The results were posted at, below is a copy of the publication.


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J Natl Cancer Inst. 2013 Aug 21;105(16):1230-8. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djt181. Epub 2013 Jul 13.

Wisconsin Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) to improve cancer-related fatigue: a randomized, double-blind trial, N07C2.


Alliance Statistics and Data Center, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Rochester, MN 55905, USA.



Safe, effective interventions to improve cancer-related fatigue (CRF) are needed because it remains a prevalent, distressing, and activity-limiting symptom. Based on pilot data, a phase III trial was developed to evaluate the efficacy of American ginseng on CRF.


A multisite, double-blind trial randomized fatigued cancer survivors to 2000mg of American ginseng vs a placebo for 8 weeks. The primary endpoint was the general subscale of the Multidimensional Fatigue Symptom Inventory-Short Form (MFSI-SF) at 4 weeks. Changes from baseline at 4 and 8 weeks were evaluated between arms by a two-sided, two-sample t test. Toxicities were evaluated by self-report and the National Cancer Institute’s Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) provider grading.


Three hundred sixty-four participants were enrolled from 40 institutions. Changes from baseline in the general subscale of the MFSI-SF were 14.4 (standard deviation [SD] = 27.1) in the ginseng arm vs 8.2 (SD = 24.8) in the placebo arm at 4 weeks (P = .07). A statistically significant difference was seen at 8 weeks with a change score of 20 (SD = 27) for the ginseng group and 10.3 (SD = 26.1) for the placebo group (P = .003). Greater benefit was reported in patients receiving active cancer treatment vs those who had completed treatment. Toxicities per self-report and CTCAE grading did not differ statistically significantly between arms.


Data support the benefit of American ginseng, 2000mg daily, on CRF over an 8-week period. There were no discernible toxicities associated with the treatment. Studies to increase knowledge to guide the role of ginseng to improve CRF are needed.

PMID: 23853057 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


I have been taking Ginseng for years now and I notice a difference in my energy levels. If you have also been taking Ginseng and have had similar or other results please comment below.


The Life cycle of Ginseng


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Here is another great video that Bob Beyfuss and have but together. Below the video I highlighted some key points again.

Here is Bob’s Video

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  • Only if conditions are right will Ginseng become Reproductive
  • Ginseng grown in beds can produce seeds as early as the second year but it typically takes Wild Simulated or Wild Ginseng 6 – 7 years given proper conditions.
  • Ginseng Seeds go through an 18 Month Dormancy process from Berry to Sprout
  • Only 2 – 3% of Wild Ginseng Seeds left unattended will survive. Proper stewardship can help raise this to around 85%
  • Catskill Wild Ginseng is considered the most valuable Ginseng in North America



Not sure what to do with your woodlot ?

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Do you have a woodlot just sitting there ? Maybe your struggling to make ends meet like millions of Americans these days. If your like me than our woodlots were used primarily for hunting and cutting firewood. I have never been a believer in traditional logging for profit, I feel that is is more destructive than good and it makes me sad to think that most of those beautiful trees will end up becoming something someone takes for granted.

Then I was introduced to this amazing plant Ginseng and I started to see possibilities of a much better option for my property.

Depending on your location and state there are many non-timber forest products that can be grown  under your woodlots canopy. Many of these crops are extremely valuable and rare to find in the wild. Not only are you helping maintain a healthy and productive woodlot but your also helping ensure that our younger generations will also be able to enjoy these amazing plants as well.

Bob Beyfuss and recently posted a few videos about Ginseng. I will post about each one and below the videos I will highlight some key points. Bob Beyfuss is one of the Leading Ginseng Experts and I owe him many thanks for the generous help.

Here is Bob’s video

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  • Ginseng is native to North America and Asia
  • Ginseng prefers soils rich in calcium and likes shade
  • 1000 hours of cold temperatures below 40-45 are needed to brake dormancy
  • Fertilizing Ginseng is not recommended and can cause diseases



What does it mean To Steward Wild Ginseng ?

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To Steward Ginseng ?


I have come across this term a lot during my Ginseng Research. Sounds kinda funny I know, but when you think about it you really are Stewarding Ginseng. To Steward means to take care of or manage when used this way. Ginseng has been abused over the years, over harvested and poached by greedy diggers, it really is sad. Quietly and behind the scenes Ginseng Growers have been secretly stewarding their Ginseng populations.

Below is a video that does a pretty good job explaining Wild Ginseng Stewardship. Below the Video I talk about a few things I feel strongly about and/or felt I should Mention.


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  • I like his mapping technique. I currently used pictures and natural land markers, I will be adding this also. I think that this with the pictures it will help zero in on exact plants more easily.
  • I will also be using the marker flags in my photos now. It will take any guess work out of looking at a picture a year or two later
  • If poaching is an issue for you than you may want to consider the part where Mr. McGraw recommends plucking the tops of your more mature and obvious plants
  • Always plant or harvest the ripe berries prior to the Ginseng Harvesting Season. They are a bright spot light for poachers


Helping bring Ginseng into the 21st Century