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News about Ginseng seed

Author : Tracy Date : 2013-1-13 14:25:13
More news about Ginseng seed

1:What is Ginseng seeds
Ginseng has been been used heavily throughout the Orient for thousands of years due to its unique
medicinal and mystical qualities. While its mystical uses (i.e. carrying a human-shaped root in
one's pocket for good luck and good health) are puzzling to most of us in the west, the medicinal
properties of ginseng are now quite well-known the world over.
For centuries the Chinese, Koreans, and other Asian peoples have sought out and paid a premium
for American ginseng because of its increased potency over their own native varieties, and their
desire for the precious root is still just as strong today.
Every year many tons of American ginseng roots are harvested, dried and shipped to the Orient at
prices ranging from a few hundred to almost $1,000 per pound!
The market for American ginseng right here in the United States is growing by leaps and bounds
as well. If you have been inside a convenience store or pharmacy lately, you have surely seen all
the products on the shelves containing ginseng powder. All of that ginseng is either gathered from
its natural habitat in the woods of North America or grown by ginseng farmers. That's where you
come in...

2:Buying ginseng seeds for planting
The easiest and least expensive way to start growing a ginseng crop is to
plant stratified ginseng seeds. Most suppliers only sell seeds
that have been stratified, but it's always a good idea to ask before placing
your order.
Ginseng seeds are stratified by storing them for one year in a buried
container holding several alternating layers of damp sand and seeds.
Stratification allows the seeds to go through the natural process of
preparing for germination in a protected environment.
When ginseng plants reach 3-5 years of age, they begin to produce pods
of green berries with each berry containing 2-3 seeds. In the fall the
berries turn red (see photo below) and fall to the ground a few days later,
helping "re-seed" the forest floor to keep the ginseng population alive.
Many of the berries will be eaten by rodents and other animals before
they have a chance to get covered up with leaves where they will be
partially protected, and even the ones that get covered over are still
subject to being eaten by rodents and dying from disease.
All in all, since it takes 2 years for ginseng seeds to germinate, just a
fraction of the ones produced in the wild survive long enough to
germinate and develop into a ginseng plant.
By purchasing only stratified seeds (see photo above), you will be
planting seeds which will come up the following spring, greatly reducing
the amount of time they will be vulnerable to animals and disease.