Ozark Mountain Ginseng is a family farm nestled in the Ozark Hills along Eleven Point River in southern Missouri. We have been growing American Ginseng and other Medicinal Herbs since 1983. If you want price list for ginseng seed or transplanting rootlets we send our price list by postal mail. If you want on mailing list please send postal address. Farming American Ginseng will be the future for this plant. Folks around here in the Ozarks have been ginseng harvesting in the wild for over 100 years and is a tradition where ginseng grows wild. Back in the early 1980's I noticed the wild population of ginseng dwindling compared to ten years earlier and when I go ginseng looking now where patches use to be there is almost none due to overharvesting. So now we just plant seed here so to keep wild populations growing . If you have any questions about growing this "GREEN GOLD" please email or phone us at the farm. Our phone is: (417)264-2448 Our email is: email@example.com
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Growing Information and Medicinal Herb Pictures: http://altnature.com/ginseng
GROWING ORGANIC GINSENG by Scott Persons http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/growing-organic-ginseng.aspx?PageId=1
"GREEN GOLD" by Scott Persons Mother Earth News
This is an excellent article on growing ginseng! A must read for growing ginseng in the woods! Click link below for information and color pictures of ginseng.
Some wonderful books with pictures to take with you in woods to assist to identify plants associated with growing ginseng and growing information: http://www.wildozark.com
GROWING FACTS: American Ginseng(Panax
Quinquifolium L.) Ginseng is a perennial plant and takes 7 to 8 years to mature. Growing conditions are very important for success. Ginseng has to have about 75 % SHADE. Your local extension office can do soil test. Our soil here in Ozarks is low in phosphorous so we add this element to get better root growth. Ginseng growers have seen over $100,000 per acre in profits. Ginseng looks like a strawberry plant the first year and only has three leaves. In the second year has five leaves and a second prong. The third year the ginseng plant will produce seed. We plant seed close together, you will get more pounds per acre this way. Ginseng likes good drainage so planting on a slope is great. We use a rear tined rototiller in the woods and work ground up 4 to 6 inches. Making the ginseng grow beds are important, though once done will grow some nice ginseng plants. The magazine article "GREEN GOLD" above by Scott Persons is wonderful for learning about how to grow ginseng. If you have any questions please email or phone the farm, we love to hear from folks. Recently we added another growing article by Scott Persons called"Growing Ginseng Organically" So there will be 2 nice grow articles on links above. Also added recently is the "wildozark" link above, there is some great booklets to help identify plants in woods. If you have any questions just give us a holler!
ORDERING INFORMATION: Woodsgrown Ginseng seed and Woodsgrown ginseng transplanting rootlets and other Medicinal Herbs available. Our price list this year is made by Vistaprint and is in brochure form and we can only send postal mail. We only have woodsgrown stratafied Ginseng seed left. We have about 25 pounds ginseng seed left, so first come first serve. Our woodsgrown transplanting rootlets will be available again next September. Right now roots are dormant and we really have to wait until next year when we can see the ginseng tops. Ginseng planting in woods usually is done between September to April here in southern Missouri. You can plant this"GREEN GOLD" as long as the ground is not frozen. Our ginseng seed is cracked and "grinning". This means that seed will be ready to sprout next spring. Our ginseng here sprouts up through the mulch in late April . We only send our brochure and order form postal mail Please phone at:(417)264-2448 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org We have about 60 pounds woodsgrown stratafied ginseng seed left. Price goes lower with amount of seed. Dried wild ginseng prices staying high over $550 a pound dried. Usually price goes higher in December, depends upon Hong Kong and their politics there in China. About 75% American ginseng goes to China. Though China economics are doing very well and demand for American ginseng is high. The "GINSENG GROW BOOK " we have to offer is the best book I have seen. The description of book is to be found by scrolling on the webpage . Growing American ginseng in the woods will be the future for our ginseng. So if you want to get some "GREEN GOLD" growing give us a holler!
March 2015 UPDATE: Looks like we have about foot of snow on hill top this morning , we had a blizzard yesterday! We still have about 25 pounds ginseng seed left which we will plant unless we sell out of seed. Just shipped some seed out yesterday and seed is cracked and will sprout this spring. So if ya want some ginseng seed give us a holler. Sure looking forward to spring, we suppose to be 60 degrees next week so we gonna get ready to finish planting. Wrote a new song this winter on guitar so guess I will just pick on guitar until the snow melts.
FEBRUARY 2015 UPDATE: We are planting ginseng seed when weather lets us. We will be planting until seed is planted or sold out. We are shipping seed orders out every Monday and Tuesday until sold out. Our woodsgrown stratafied ginseng seed will sprout this spring. The ginseng seeds are cracked and grinnin as the ol timers say. Our ginseng seed is layered in sand in wellhouse and is keeping just fine. So if you want to grow this GREEN GOLD we have about 60 pounds ginseng seed left. You can plant up until first of April! JANUARY 2015 UPDATE: So far our winter been milder than last year here in the Ozarks. We will be planting our ginseng seed when we can. Our ginseng seed is cracked and going to sprout this spring. Gonna be 57 degrees today here so we gonna plant. Our rootlets will be available in September again.
DECEMBER 2014 UPDATE: 70 degrees yesterday here in southern Missouri and today we get freezing rain. We will be planting ginseng seed when we can until April. Just phoned our local root buyer here and they are paying $550 a pound for wild dried ginseng. The root buyer will only be buying dried ginseng for another couple weeks. The new GINSENG GROW BOOK "Growing and Marketing Ginseng, Golden Seal and other Woodland Medicinals" by Scott Persons and Jeanine Davis is finally here hot off the press. We have a box of books here if you want a copy. This book is 480 pages and is the best book to me for growing ginseng! The 5 links to the left are informative for growing ginseng in the woods. The www.altnature.com link has great pictures of medicinal plants growing in the woods. There is also descriptions of uses of medicinal plants. The www.wildozark.com link has several small inexpensive booklets available to take in woods with you to help identify plants in woods that are wonderful with growing information included.
The market for dried ginseng roots started at $400 in September and went to $700.00 at our local root buyers. On the east coast prices went to over $1000 a pound dried. Some root buyers are cutting back on buying ginseng root for the season. Usually root buyers will buy ginseng root until last of March though this year is different with price higher. The way I figure if you grow 100 pounds dried ginseng in the woods for 7 to 8 years and get $400 to $500 a pound, Now that pretty darn good. So if prices go up that just fine. The market for ginseng looks fantastic especially with wild root almost extinct due to overharvesting. The future for ginseng is in growing this wonderful herb. Growing ginseng in the woods at least 7 to 8 years will give a wild looking root. This is what the root buyers want. Growing ginseng to 10 years old can even give ginseng an extra hundred dollars a pound especially if you grow large roots like the root buyers desire.
GROWERS HANDBOOK: "Growing and Marketing of Ginseng and Golden Seal and Other Medicinal Herbs." by W.S. Persons and Jeanne Davis. This book is over 480 pages and covers ginseng history, market and especially cultivation. Revised 2nd Edition 2014 will be a wonderful grow book.
GINSENG CONSULTATION: We will go to your farm and assist any way you need. We have started large ginseng farms in Missouri to Wisconsin.
VISITORS: If you have any questions please call and visitors are welcome at OZARK MOUNTAIN GINSENG. Please call in advance to visit the farm. Growing ginseng and other medicinal herbs since 1983.