‘Ginseng’ is derived from the Chinese word ‘renshen’ that means “Man Root”. It is named so because the shape of this everlasting plant resembles the legs of a man. The Ginseng root has always been desired and coveted by the Chinese for thousands of years as a natural curative. It has many benefits for example improving cognitive power, restoring vitality, reducing stress and serving as an anti-inflammatory. Claims of this exotic perennial’s power reached North America in the early 1700s. Ginseng is, in fact, a medicinal plant. It is known for thousands of years in Asia. This plant is specifically cultivated for its roots that is consumed fresh or dried.
Growing ‘wild’ ginseng plant at home has more value and character than cultivated roots!
If you are interested to grow Ginseng at home, then this article will help you a lot. To know more about this valuable and mystical crop, just go for Wisconsin Ginseng Farm Tour.
Growing ginseng at home is a difficult task. It requires patience. The seeds of Ginseng usually take up to 18 months to germinate. Although these seeds may be stratified at home, but you can definitely look for stratified seeds that are sold by reputable dealers. If you plant stratified seeds, it is an easier and less-time consuming task. But at the same time, we cannot deny the fact that it is considerably more expensive. This is because it takes a minimum of 5 years before ginseng seed is ready to be harvested.
Following points explain the step-by-step process to grow ginseng at home using the wild-simulated method. This method is a duplicate method to grow ginseng naturally.
Ordering the Seeds or Roots
The wild and exotic perennial Ginseng can be grown from seed or roots. The fact is roots reach maturity much faster than seeds. If you are going to order the roots instead of seeds then, do not cut them into sections. The Ginseng roots can be planted in spring season before they begin to bud. They are usually planted in the months of March or April. Moreover, they can be planted in the fall after the berries have fallen.
Select a Suitable Site
Selecting a suitable site is one of the most important steps for growing ginseng at home. A suitable place for its growth is a well-shaded wooded area of 80 to 90 percent shade. This can be an area where hardwoods trees for example tulip poplar, maple, beech, hickory, walnut, and oak are growing. The canopy should be thick enough. This is because if the growing area gets too much sunlight, then this amount of light will encourage the grass and weeds to grow, and it will choke out the ginseng.
Try to plant the seeds in the fall or early winter when the ground is moist. The best time to sow the seeds is after a rain or snow. The space between the seeds should be at least 14-18 inches.
Now, it’s the time to harvest. Dig the ground carefully to avoid damaging the root.
To sum up:
Ginseng is considered as one of the most popular and profitable herbs in the world. It is very easy to grow Ginseng at home. Moreover, you can have a successful ginseng growing business by doing so.