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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Growing Information: 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 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. 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 will be sending our price list out postal mail first week of June. We start shipping seeds and transplanting rootlets September 8. We do not ship seeds and rootlets in summer because can be too dry and your planting could dry up. Ginseng planting in woods usually is done between September to mid March here in southern Missouri.
AUGUST UPDATE: We been picking red ginseng berries. These berries are stratafied for one year before they will be ready to grow. 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! We will be shipping ginseng seed September 8 and every Monday after that until November. 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.
JULY UPDATE: We planted our Golden Seal seed when berries turned red here around the fourth. Just noticed a red ginseng berry the other day though was just one. In next few weeks here in southern Missouri the berries will start turning red. Up north berries turn later because ginseng there sprouts up later in the spring. Getting good seed heads on our ginseng with the rainfall this year. The new grow book by Scott Persons is here at our farm and ready to go, hot off the press! Just arriving from new publisher so we have the information you need to grow your"GREEN GOLD" JUNE UPDATE: We sent our brochure out postal mail last week so if you want our price list please send postal address email or phone us. We love to hear from folks. Our corn got laid on ground with heavy rain and winds though all this moisture has our ginseng in full flowering stage and looks like some nice ginseng seed heads this year. Planted Bloodroot seed last week and Golden Seal getting nice seed berries. Our Golden Seal berries here in the Ozarks turn red in July and we plant berries right away, we have better germination this way. Our over 50 year old ginseng plant came up this year(older ginseng does not sprout up every year) and has two stems with two seed heads.
MAY UPDATE: Because of late snows here in southern Missouri our ginseng and other medicinal herbs are still sprouting up through the leaf mulch. Usually the plants are all up by first of May here though noticed that some Golden Seal just came up and even our ginseng beds have plants just emerging. This is an exciting time here at Ozark Mountain Ginseng.
APRIL UPDATE: Golden Seal and Ginseng have been sprouting up for last week here just before Easter weekend. Before that Bloodroot and May Apple have been emerging. A few of our trilliums are up though our Lady Slipper plants have not emerged yet. We had a colder winter and had over 35 inches snow here so everything coming up a bit later for us. I seen some ginseng seedlings just sprouting so this an exciting time here at Ozark Mountain Ginseng. We now have a wheelchair access to view some Ginseng and other Medicinal Herbs. Because of increased interest in ginseng with the shows on TV we have an increase of folks visiting our farm.
The market for dried ginseng roots started at $400 in September and went to $1000.00 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 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.