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Are any of these ginseng roots?
« on: December 30, 2016, 06:31:33 PM »
I found a few plants that seemed to resemble ginseng and dug the roots up and was wandering if any of them are ginseng roots? Will appreciate any answers, thank you :o.

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Re: Are any of these ginseng roots?
« Reply #1 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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Re: Are any of these ginseng roots?
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2016, 03:45:27 PM »
Thank you, yes it is ha ha I sent you a picture of each one just now via email.

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Re: Are any of these ginseng roots?
« Reply #3 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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Re: Are any of these ginseng roots?
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2017, 09:25:11 AM »
Thank you, do you know anyone else who could potentially identify the roots? Don't have any pictures of the plant could next year, but I have never seen anything like them... I would have dug these in ginseng harvesting time mid Sept. I did however find a ginseng seed still left in one of the berries that look just like the ones you can purchase. I'm in NC if that makes any difference, thanks again  :D.

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Re: Are any of these ginseng roots?
« Reply #5 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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Re: Are any of these ginseng roots?
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2017, 10:37:47 AM »
It's no problem I appreciate your input on it, would it help if I took more pictures of the roots? Or would it be better to just wait and get you pictures of the plants next summer?

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Re: Are any of these ginseng roots?
« Reply #7 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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Re: Are any of these ginseng roots?
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2017, 05:10:42 PM »
Alright that's what I'll do.