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Stratified Ginseng Seed
Ginseng is a perennial plant that possesses very complex seed dormancy. In other words, that means that ginseng is cold hardy and normally comes back every year. But, the seed isn't ready to grow when the berries get ripe in the fall. The seed has to undergo a series of seasonal changes and experience a very narrow window of conditions before it will germinate and come up. If everything works out as anticipated, ginseng seed harvested in the fall will be mixed with sand and held in favorable conditions until the following fall. At this point they are considered to be stratified. Stratified ginseng seed may or may not show grinners (i.e., the embryo swells up and splits the outer shell) based on the method by which it was stratified. There are advantages to both common methods (e.g., above or below ground).
Because of the nature of the ginseng plant and seed itself, there can be no guarantee of germination percentages. There are just too many individual variables from person to person and the weather and climate conditions before that. But, the promise I've always made is that I'm selling the same seed I plant myself.
Fall of 2012 we were concerned about the germination rates because of issues with the seed growing conditions in the fields the year before. As a result, I planted a little thicker than normal in the SELECT beds. The mice and voles worked them over good, but I think I experienced germination rates in the neighborhood of 80% or better. Here are reports from some folks who've bought seed from me that year (and in years since) and shared their experiences.
"I am very very happy to report to you that I think I have about a 60-75% emergance rate. This is better than I expected, truely. I was very very happy about that! I came out of the woods this weekend doing a little dance!"
~ North Carolina Grower
"I'm seeing pretty good germination from the seed I got from you. These are all wild sim plantings. I must admit that I had my doubts about that seed when planting last fall because of the small size and the fact that there were not any "grinning" seed in the mix. I just found them emerging early last week. It seems that they are still coming up too."
~ Ohio Grower
"Brad, I am very happy with the seed this year and wanted to let you know. You said the viability rate was down a little, but I gotta tell ya I think they all came up! Even the ones that didn't germinate last year because of the drought are starting to come up too! I'm happy!"
~ Ohio Grower
"Brad, I bought some seed from you last year. I did a little experiment and bought seed from different places. I've got to tell you, I got the best germination from your seed."
~ New York Grower
Advance Seed Orders
The price for seed increased yet again for 2016 due to a late frost in 2015. Unfortunately, the seed harvest was poor again in 2016. Therefore, I will not be carrying a supply of seed above that which is ordered ahead. So get your orders in early! I plan to open for advanced seed orders sometime late May of 2017.
The cut off for orders will be sometime mid August 2017.
Please remember, there are sometimes unavoidable delays in getting seed from the grower. I'll ship the seed as soon as it comes in.
If you need a large amount of seed (50lbs or more) it is important to get your order in early so I can ensure availability when the seed becomes available in the fall!
Here are the 2016 seed prices:
These prices include shipping.
|Over 50 pounds||Call||Call 419.651.8158|
You may also order stratified ginseng seed on the Emerald Castle Farms Shopping Page.
There, you may combine items into one shopping cart.
Please also remember, first come, first served, and orders will be cut off again this year mid August.
To order by mail, send a check or postal money order for the correct total amount,
made out to Castle Enterprises, to:
Emerald Castle Farms
5482 St Rt 19
Galion, Ohio 44833
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