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Processing Ginseng

Bob Beyfuss & eXtension.org

  • Over drying can ruin Ginseng
  • Dried Ginseng is 1/3 to 1/4 of fresh weight
  • All of the Ginseng plant is usable, nothing goes to waist
  • Ginsenosides – Active ingredient in Ginseng
  • Ginseng Leaves do contain Ginsenosides

The Life cycle of Ginseng

Bob Beyfuss & eXtension.org

  • 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.

Where Does Ginseng Grow 

Bob Beyfuss & eXtension.org

  • 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

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  • Carolina Light Worker

    Reply Reply January 25, 2014

    The Life cycle of Ginseng

    Bob Beyfuss & eXtension.org

    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.

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