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 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.
GROWING FACTS: American Ginseng(Panax
Quinquifolium L.) Ginseng is a perennial plant and takes 5 to 7 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. Scott has his new grow book getting republished and should be out by May or June. If you have any questions just give us a holler!
March 2014 UPDATE: Planted the rest of our ginseng seed a few weeks ago. Now we have several inches snow so now we just wait till ground warms up. Blood Root will start emerging first and then our Golden Seal and Ginseng after that. After snow melts better get our taters and onions in. We will be mailing our price list out postal mail in June. FEBRUARY 2014 UPDATE: Snow on ground and more snow coming today. We are waiting for some warmer weather to finish planting our ginseng seed. We start planting in October and try and finish by middle of March. In southern Missouri we have some nice days though this winter we been cold. Ginseng seed should be planted by first of April around here. We should finish planting by middle of next month. Stratafied ginseng seed and transplanting rootlets will be available in September. We will be sending our price list out postal mail in June so email your address to get on postal mailing list. Our brochure will be printed by vistaprint and goes out postal mail only.
JANUARY 2014 UPDATE: Got the tiller started yesterday so ready to finish planting ginseng seed. We plant on our farms until March 15 or so. Ground is drying out though too cold this morning to take tiller out in woods. Here in southern Missouri we can have tempatures in the seventies in January and then snow next week. I am inspired this morning to comment on a show on ginseng I seen last night on the History channel about ginseng. I will not name the show to protect the innocent. What the heck, sure seems like alot of violence. There is a more peaceful approach to folks poaching ginseng. We use surveilance cameras and when folks approach our farms we have alarms and cameras and pictures of lots of wildlife also. Yes we have black bears in southern Missouri I have seen a bear though no pics of bears yet or of Sasquatch for that matter. Though we have pictures of surprised hunters when alarms go off by then we have a picture to the proper authorties. This seems alot more peaceful to me and my wife feels better about this. One of our customers called me and asked me what to do about his poaching problem. It was in August and the berries were pretty much all red so I told him to weed whack all his ginseng tops after harvesting his berries and then poachers cannot find much at all. My customer did catch the poacher all that ginseng was too tempting and he came back and then the sang was weedwhacked! Ginseng really only grows here in southern missouri April to July after that is too dry and bud grows to produce next years top is all. The poacher had charges pressed and was in local newspaper. Enough of that just know when growing your ginseng to keep secret if possible. Scott Persons is revising his grow book, again, but this is great news and book will have new publisher and should be out in May or so.
The market for dried ginseng roots started at $400 in September and went to over $800 at our local root buyers. On the east coast prices went to $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 466 pages and covers ginseng history, market and especially cultivation. Revised Edition 2008 This book is out of print though the new revised edition will be coming from the new publisher in May or so.
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.