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.
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!
DECEMBER 2015 UPDATE: Last year we was freezing and this first of December we are in the fifties gonna be almost 60 degrees later this week. So we going to plant some ginseng seed when ground dries up some. We will be getting grow beds ready to plant later this week so if you need some ginseng seed that is going to sprout next spring of 2016 we have about 16 pounds ginseng seed left so give us a call if you want to plant some GREEN GOLD! Leave message if answering machine comes on we will be in woods with this nice sunny weather in December.
NOVEMBER 2015 UPDATE: Planted some nice ginseng seed that is cracking and ready to sprout this spring in 2016 past few days, just before a rain. I love planting this time of year is cooler, snakes are hibernating so don't have to watch out for those copperheads that are same color as these leaves falling from trees. We plant here in southern Missouri all the way until middle of March. Ginseng here starts to sprout first week of April, though if a cold winter middle of April. We finally got some rain so ground has enough moisture to plant ginseng seed. Planting ginseng seed now is best before ground freezes. We have about 25 pounds woodsgrown stratafied ginseng seed left to sell. This seed is starting to crack and will sprout next spring, we get over 90% germination with our seed. Please leave message on phone if you want seed will be planting seed and making grow beds.
OCTOBER 2015 UPDATE: Some of our ginseng plants still green though most turning yellow. Seedling ginseng has already went dormant. We have some woodsgrown stratafied ginseng seed left. We have some golden seal and ginseng transplants so if you want to plant some GREEN GOLD give us a holler.
SEPTEMBER 2015: We are digging golden seal and ginseng transplants now and we have about 70 pounds stratafied ginseng seed left so just holler if you are ready to plant some GREEN GOLD! Ginseng leaves still staying green though some turning yellow and gold. We sent our first seed and root orders out today so if you want to order seed now is time to plant . Just phoned the root buyer and he said dried ginseng starting at $400 a pound dried. Now that pretty darn good, so if you need ginseng seed to start your GREEN GOLD patch we have some nice stratafied ginseng seed.
AUGUST 2015 UPDATE: We are harvesting red sang berries from our ginseng plants. Leave the green berries to get later and if you harvesting berries to replant right away plant next to the parent ginseng plants. We stratafy our ginseng seed and has to be done very carefully so most folks are better to plant seed right when the berries turn red. Ginseng seed and transplanting rootlets will be shipping next month so if you want to plant your GREEN GOLD planting time is in next few months.
JULY 2015 UPDATE: Our older ginseng plants have nice seed heads this year with the record rainfall we have had, our sinkhole where our creek drains into still has water in July and first time I have seen that in the 25 years lived on this farm. Just planted our red berries from our Golden Seal plants. Do not try and keep berries from Golden Seal the stratafication of seed is difficult and tries to sprout in December and does better if planted right when berries turn red. We will start harvesting red ginseng berries later this month and can take until September to mature. Some berries on ginseng plants turn red first and other berries stay green so just pick the red berries first before the squirrels and other criiters see the red berries and come back later and let the green berries mature. JUNE 2015 UPDATE: I sent our brochures out yesterday postal mail so if you want our brochure please let us know. We have had about 15 inches rain last two weeks so our ginseng is flowering and we going to have nice seed crop. Our spring has been flowing most of this spring and we now have a nice lake back by the sinkhole the creek drains into. Our Golden Seal berries should turn red next month so we plant that seed right away.
MAY 2015 UPDATE: We been getting over 90% germination on the ginseng seed we planted for this growing season. Ginseng is not all sprouted up yet looks like middle of May until everything up and growing. We have a nice lady slipper orchid getting ready to flower, and ginseng and golden seal getting ready to flower. I did an experiment last September with an over 50 year old wild ginseng plant I have been growing for last 30 years or so. There is 2 plants about 5o years old and only one ginseng plant has emerged since the bad drought of 2012. Sometimes older ginseng plants do not come up every year. Instead of mixing these seeds with the other seeds I wanted to plant the ginseng red berries in a spot with some golden seal I planted. Normally ginseng seed does not sprout until 18 months later though we had 5 ginseng seedling plants sprout up from this over 50 year old ginseng plant. I planted the entire berry which usually will have 2 seed per berry. So this is interesting and I recommend that the small growers of ginseng go ahead and just plant the berries when they turn red close to the parent ginseng plants.
APRIL 2015 UPDATE: Bloodroot been sprouting the past few weeks, is one of the first wildflowers in spring. May Apple just emerging their beautiful leaves just past few days. Golden Seal will start sprouting next and then ginseng after that. Ginseng can take through May to emerge, though here in southern Missouri starts in mid April to sprout. Will be sending out our brochure in June is made by Vistaprint and only sends out postal mail. So if ya want on mailing list please send postal address or phone. We have a lake here on this farm due to all the recent rain and snow pack earlier, of course is at bottom of hill where creek drains. Usually there is no water holding though right now our creek is flowing to lake and have had waterfowl visiting, with our medicinal herbs above on slopes. An exciting spring here at Ozark Mountain Ginseng! 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.