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 send our brochure and order form postal mail Please phone at:(417)264-2448 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org Dried wild ginseng prices staying high over $400 and up to $700 on eastern states 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 below when ya scroll. Visitors welcome to visit farm please phone a few days ahead.
AUGUST 2016 UPDATE: We been harvesting red ginseng berries, we need to watch for those copperheads the snakes are same colour as leaves, that keeps us on our toes. We are shipping our woodsgrown stratafied ginseng seed next month after I work seed around Labor Day. If you want our brochure please email or phone, leave message we may be getting seeds off the ginseng before the squirrels get the red berries. Ginseng berries are turning red so if you want to visit farm do so before we pick them. Berries are turning faster this year because we getting close to 100 degrees. We been getting plenty of summer storms so that helps.
JULY 2016 UPDATE: Our seed heads on our ginseng plants are large with this nice spring and summer rains we been getting. We are small family farm and looks like we will be out of our woodsgrown stratafied ginseng seed by September or October. With stock market going up and down like to invest into ginseng, price for dried ginseng root been $450 a pound here in southern Missouri last December and was over $700 on east coast. China has had some problems economically though demand for ginseng is still tremendous in that region so demand for wild and woodsgrown ginseng will be high because wild ginseng is almost extinct due to high prices past ten years. So if you want our brochure gives us a holler!
JUNE 2016 UPDATE: We sent our brochure/price list out this past week postal mail to our customers. Our ginseng farms have had plenty of rain and ginseng seed heads are forming nice. We have had a tragedy in our family. My wife Coleen and myself lost our grandson Issac DeLeon in the floods at Fort Hood Texas while Issac was on duty there in the army. Our hearts go out to all those folks that lost their children in this tragedy. Issac lived with us for many years and my wife Coleen raised Issac as a baby. Issac lived with his Dad Ricky the past teenage years. I will always remember Issac when we took him to basketball game in school and Issac dribbled the ball right through a tall kids legs. God Bless You Issac. Our ginseng is flowering and looks like the seed heads will be large with red berries in few months. Golden Seal plants have green berries and will turn red here in July and then should be planted in ground right away so black seed inside pulp does not dry out. Planted Blood Root seed few weeks ago. We do not try to stratafy Blood Root or Golden Seal seed because seed tries to sprout when planted in ground right away will come up next spring. MAY 2016 UPDATE: The over 60 year old wild ginseng that is growing under a walnut tree came up with two stems this year. Ginseng still sprouting up and will take next few weeks to get all the ginseng up. Lady Slipper orchid is in full bloom, I just love to see this orchid growing here is dificult to cultivate though we learning how. I find that adding extra leaf mold around Lady Slipper orchid is helpful for this medicnal herb. We are sending our brochure for this fall 2016 seed and rootlets orders first week of June. Please phone us or email we only send our brochure out postal mail as our brochure is made by Vistaprint and does not email. We are getting nice spring rains so looks like our ginseng will have nice seed heads. The Bloodroot growing here is almost ready to harvest seed to plant. When the pods of Bloodroot start to split get the delicate seed and plant right away just under surface and make sure has mulch.
APRIL 2016 UPDATE: An exciting time here at Ozark Mountain Ginseng. Bloodroot has been sprouting up the past week or so, then May Apple sprouts up and waiting for Golden Seal to emerge. Ginseng starts to sprout after the Golden Seal comes up. Just had about 5 inches rain so that should help our fruit orchard and trees we planted. Our Bing cherry tree has its first flowers and those cherry blossoms sure have a great aroma of cherries. Visitors are welcome after first week of May as ginseng has not emerged yet from forest and looks like will take entire month of April before ginseng is all up.
MARCH 2016 UPDATE: Planted the last of our ginseng seed for spring planting a few days ago. Got a nice rain this morning so that will help with germination. Late planting of ginseng seed does not see the high germination rates of fall and winter planting though planting takes us all fall and winter. Ginseng seedlings should be coming up middle of next month. Our Blood Root should be sproutning up soon, we are having some nice 70 degree days.
FEBRUARY 2016 UPDATE: Just planted ginseng seed in 60 degree weather, loved it. Just had a rain on the grow bed that always helps. We have about 8 pounds ginseng seed left the seed is cracked and "grinning" like the older ginseng folks would say. We will be planting seed in few days so if you folks want some seed that is ready to sprout this spring give us a holler!
JANUARY 2016 UPDATE: Middle of January and we finally get some snow. As soon as snow melts we have some more ginseng seed to plant, and we have about 10 pounds ginseng seed left to sell so nows the time to plant some GREEN GOLD before spring arrives. The root buyers are buying dried ginseng at $450 a pound dried, price was up to $600 a pound first of year. You can plant ginseng seed until first of April so if ya need some ginseng seed that will sprout this spring give us a call!
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 $600.00 at our local root buyers. On the east coast prices went to over $700 a pound dried. 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.