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Wild Ginseng / Re: Deer control
« on: May 31, 2019, 09:27:52 AM »
I don't know anyone who has tried that and I am not certain if it would have any negative side effects to the ginseng itself.

I've heard of using a tobacco pesticide of sorts, I wonder if that might make the ginseng taste nasty enough to deer to leave it alone.  In my own experience (as related in my book)  the key is to convince the deer they don't want to go where your ginseng is (or in this case to eat it).

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Wild Ginseng / Re: Is this ginseng ? Need help newbie
« on: September 06, 2017, 01:46:26 AM »
No, you cannot upload a picture to the site, but if you can host it someplace...perhaps tinypic.com or something similar you can link it so it will show up.

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General Ginseng Discussion / Re: ginseng
« on: August 24, 2017, 11:10:30 AM »
James, were I buying this year, I wouldn't start over $400/lb.    There is no indication from my market sources that suggest the market will be any stronger this year than last.  Remember, a commodity is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it at any given time.  If I can't sell ginseng I buy for more than I pay for it and make enough to keep my lights on....its not worth what I paid for it.

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General Ginseng Discussion / Last days for the ginseng seed sale...
« on: July 26, 2017, 03:13:32 PM »
Earlybird sales ends Monday at midnight folks.....after that the price is going up $20/lb.

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I don't know the area at all, but would suspect that it might well have been dug out many years ago and never replanted.  It sounds like good area you describe, however.  Good luck in your search.

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General Ginseng Discussion / Re: Site Makeover
« on: January 26, 2017, 10:28:35 AM »
Thank you Sir.

I'm having trouble with email from my main site (castleen.com) which is only used for email.  But this site is a subdomain of that site.  We we need to migrate the sites to a different server.  I'm being told the forum might 'break' for a bit until I get things sorted out.  So hang on and buckle up!

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General Ginseng Discussion / Site Makeover
« on: January 16, 2017, 10:33:04 PM »
Hey everyone.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and holiday season.

I've been working on the new website for a couple months now and its finally live.  Be sure to check around and let me know what you think. 

b

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Wild Ginseng / Re: Are any of these ginseng roots?
« on: January 01, 2017, 02:36:58 PM »
I think you would be better off time-wise to just wait until you can take pics of the plants this summer.  That is a much better way to tell what I plant is.

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Wild Ginseng / Re: Are any of these ginseng roots?
« on: January 01, 2017, 10:19:50 AM »
Ginseng roots are pretty distinctive.  There are a couple roots I've seen which look similar to the one you have and many which look similar to the other.  Just no way to tell from those pictures for sure.  Sorry.

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Wild Ginseng / Re: Are any of these ginseng roots?
« on: December 31, 2016, 07:03:32 PM »
Ok, looking at the pics you sent, I'm not sure what they are (looks like two different kind of roots) but they definitely are not ginseng.  In the future, it might be a better idea to take pictures of the live plant and wait for positive ID before you dig it.  Remember, there are laws which affect the harvest of ginseng.

 ;)

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Wild Ginseng / Re: Are any of these ginseng roots?
« on: December 31, 2016, 02:07:46 PM »
Hi Rugged -welcome to the site.

Its kind of hard to see what you are looking at without pictures.

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General Ginseng Discussion / Re: Ginseng seeds need proper id
« on: November 29, 2016, 05:48:35 PM »
I"m sorry...but this guy is clearly full of sh.....well...full of it.  He has NO idea what he is talking about.  If you want to read more, see my article on delayed germination here on the site.

The short version is that you can certainly plant ginseng right off the plant.  However, the embryo is not fully developed and must undergo a series of climate changes to break the dormancy (explained more in the article).  So, when you see people on amazon selling "pre-stratified" seed, that can only mean seed that has not been stratified -green seed.  Maybe it is viable or maybe it isn't. 

The process is to take the ripe berries from the plants, depulp them, and mix them with sand.  They can also be treated for disease before putting them into stratification.  The seed and sand are then stratified in one of two methods 1) by burying them where they will stay moist and experience the climate changes necessary, or 2)  put them into plastic totes and store them in a freezer to maintain constant temperature and moisture and then in the spring move them to a shaded open area until fall.  In either case, they will be float tested when they come out of the stratification.  Seed stratified above ground will be drier coming out of the box and may have to be re hydrated over night to get a good float test.  However, NEVER is ginseng seed allowed to completely dry out of as that idiot said...air dry. 

No one decorates the seed.

There is no such term in the industry of 'pure seed.'

The pictures they sent were of 1) a ginseng plant with some berries  2) VERY dry ginseng seeds (no way to tell if they are stratified or not)  and 3) I have no clue what that is.    If it is a ginseng seed, it will never grow, however.


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General Ginseng Discussion / Re: Ginseng seeds need proper id
« on: November 28, 2016, 12:34:01 PM »
Dispute the transaction.  You can tell Amazon to come talk to me.  I am a "planter" and a dealer with enough experience to know what I'm selling.  Hell, I just looked at one amazon posting and they are selling purported ginseng seed for over $1700 a pound.  I sold for $170 a pound this year.  Further, just the first few reviews blow that seller up.  One says the seed was half sprouted and dead -which is what you get when you don't buy seed from a reputable dealer IN THE FALL.  The second said they sprouted and were growing just fine...but had red and yellow flowers...definitely not ginseng.

I guess I"ll go back to ebay and amazon this year.  As far as I can tell, I was the first to start offering seedlings on ebay.  But they started nickel and diming so much it wasn't worth the hassle.

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General Ginseng Discussion / Re: Ginseng seeds need proper id
« on: November 27, 2016, 11:23:23 PM »
You know what...I just blew that picture up.  That looks like bits of small gravel.  Try to cut one in half and see what you find.  ...in any event I think it is a fraud.


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General Ginseng Discussion / Re: Ginseng seeds need proper id
« on: November 27, 2016, 11:21:33 PM »
...and welcome!

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