American Ginseng Seed

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American Ginseng Seed

This well known herb, native to the eastern and central hardwood forests, has a reputation as a rejuvenating tonic.

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(Panax quinquefolius)

Native populations of American ginseng are found in the eastern and central hardwood forests of the Appalachian Mountains extending from the southern Appalachians, northward into Eastern Canada. Ginseng prefers a cool temperate climate and does best in rich, moist, well-drained woods that have a north or east slope. It is usually associated with beech, oak, poplar, and other deep-rooted hardwoods. Good indicators of ginseng habitat are plants such as bloodroot, jewel weed, trillium, wild yam, hepatica, wild ginger, Solomon's seal, Jack-in-the-pulpit, black cohosh, galax, and ferns. Ginseng is relatively easy to cultivate provided that it has at least 70% shade, and has a rich, moist, well-drained soil high in humus and calcium. Plants are ready for harvest after 5 to 7 years from seed, or 3 to 5 years from 2-year old rootstock.

Note: Orders accepted and processed through October and shipped mid- to late October as dormant roots. Complete cultural notes are included.


Flowers:Umbel of greenish-white flowers in June or July
Foliage:Palmate leaves usually with 5 toothed leaflets
Fruit:Large red berries with 2 to 3 white seeds inside
Lifecycle:2    (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)
Height:6 to 24
Diameter:4 to 5, up to 12
Container Planting:no

Cultural Requirements:

USDA Zones:4 to 8
Soil:Soil should be rich, well-drained, high in organic matter and acidic (pH 5 is best) with added gypsum which supplies calcium..
Propagation / Germination:Supplied as stratified seed which has been conditioned to germinate the first season. Plant in the fall. Cultural notes included with seed.
Spacing:3 inches apart
Sun:Does best in 70 to 80% shade
Water:Roots need moist soil through much of season.
Pests and Diseases:When grown with proper spacing, light, and soil, disease is not usually a problem. May be browsed by deer, but protected by stringing heavy, clear fishing line around planting area.

Garden Medicinals offers over 220 varieties of medicinal and culinary herb seeds, roots, and select heirloom vegetable and ethnic flower seed. All seeds are non-gmo, open-pollinated and untreated. Most seeds are naturally grown and a few are certified organic. Our vegetable seeds do especially well in hot, humid climates where vegetable production can be difficult. Our herb selection also includes dormant root stock of ginger, ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh, false unicorn, and wild yam.

Note: Medicinal uses of herbs mentioned in our store are not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please see a qualified medical practitioner for diagnosis if you have a health problem.

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