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Mr. Wild Spirit Ginseng’s Online 2018 - 2019 Seed Catalog
Hi, Ginseng Lovers!I would like to briefly share my DREAM of the comeback of American Ginseng to when it can no longer be considered an endangered species.
I feel that the present way of increasing the standing stock of wild ginseng has a very important element lacking, and that is the active co-operation of everyone connected with it, from the ranging of the dedicated hunters to the Registered Dealers to the buyers to the end users at home and abroad to reseed and replant ginseng in all its native habitats.
The ranging ginseng hunters like yourself being by far the most important because your are there in the wilderness where it all happens!
The greatest thing which stands in the way of comeback is stocking, THAT IS TO SAY, PLANTING SEEDS BACK IN THE WOODS.
Nobody in government is willing to foot the bill, which I also feel its best.; They who govern least, govern best, not withstanding that Law has its absolutely necessary place.
Until now, there is no concerted effort to plant back the areas which have been stripped of ginseng by previous farm land expansion, many prime ginseng acres of which are reverting back to woodlands but lying fallow and ready to be replanted with ginseng.
I feel also, that the things which work best for everyone are mostly based on a value for value relationship.
This being said, when we examine the varied interest by those who both profit financially by buying and selling both raw and finished ginseng products and those who thru the use of this beneficial plant to the betterment of their health as well as the Federal government supervision sector of our relationship we have come to a mix of competent and able peoples which can very nicely and efficiently get the job done. All that is needed is to get the word out in such a way that all can see its worth and advantages.
WE, THE DIGGERS CAN DO THIS NOW. ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS BUY SEEDS AND PLANT THEM. AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DO SO.
Let’s stop worrying about “what if the OTHER GUY digs it after I have planted". If we won't buy seeds and plant them back, but still hunt ginseng, then WE ARE THE OTHER GUY.
And if we figure the few seeds we plant back off the plants we take are going to cut the mustard, we are mistaken, because the total average of seeds per wild plant wild plant is about 7, and the seeds produced have a survival rate of less than one in one hundred to grow old enough to bear seeds and we are making excuses for ourselves AND USING OTHER PEOPLE'S EFFORTS if we do not do our share. Only 1 ginseng digger in 17 cares enough about the survival of ginseng do go to any expense at all in buying and planting.
If you think the seeds you are planting are not of those which your particular area has for ages past developed, then the locally native seeds you import from other sources are still not the same as those which initially grew there. So. Do we remain a purist and let local ginseng, however precious, gradually drift off into oblivion with nothing planted even where it once grew but never will again? Remember. Federal law forbids us to move wild ginseng seeds only a few feet from the mother plant.
Can we in honestly pat ourselves on the back for doing this?
I used to think that wild ginseng was found money, but I got sick of walking miles in areas where wild ginseng should be growing without seeing a single ginseng plant and I began planting every time I went out. There were few locally native plants left in countless places where ginseng should have been growing but was not. I began planting at the age of 60 and now I am 83 and still roaming the hills! Now wild ginseng is popping up everywhere I‘ve been. And if it works for a dummy like me, it can work for anyone!
Ginseng seeds can be planted from Spring thaw to Autumn freeze.
THE TIME TO PLANT IS NOW!
We have to start somewhere. Why not here?
TO PLANT THESE PARTIALLY GERMINATED
SEEDS ON SALE NOW AT THESE LOW, LOW EVERY DAY LOW PRICES!..........................................
These partially germinated SEEDS can be planted on thru the summer and fall and will sprout IN THE SPRING OF next year (2019).
Wild Simulated GINSENG CASUAL HAND PLANTING METHOD
(1 ) Items Needed;
Small container such as a prescription pill bottle to carry seeds in and to keep them from drying out.; Ginseng seeds; Sturdy solid teaspoon to plant with.
(2) Planting Locations
Best areas are on North through East & South-East well drained hillsides which provide a ground shade of from 70 to 90 percent under small-leaved deciduous trees such as maple, beech, birch, poplar, black cherry, etc. Avoid stands of evergreens, and large leafed deciduous trees such as oaks. Avoid places where water gathers and stands. Ginseng will develop root rot in sodden areas.
(3A) Hand Planting Method with spoon.
Scrape leaf cover back with spoon and then insert spoon blade in soil about 1 to 2 inches deep and open a small crevice, drop in 1 seed, remove spoon and gently close crevice with hand. Do not pack the soil. Re-cover with leaves. Repeat process with next seed at least 1 foot away from last seed planted.
(3B) Hand Planting Method Without Spoon.
Shake out a few seeds in one hand. Take 1 seed at a time with other hand between thumb and index finger, and use it’s middle finger to poke down thru leaf cover and leaf mold to 1 inch deep in moist mineral soil. Place seed in bottom of hole and loosely cover the hole with soil and leaves. Repeat process with next seed at least 1 foot away from last seed planted.
If you want to avoid having deer take large numbers of your plants, do not plant more than 10 seeds in one patch, but, rather, move at least a few yards away to repeat the process. Plant in or near patches of other plants such as may apple, Jack-in-pulpet , blackberry briars, gooseberry, wild sarsaparilla, etc. to avoid plants being right out in the open where they can be easily spotted by deer or other ginseng hunters.
Keep records of the general areas you plant along with what year they were planted and what time of year planted. A GPS can be very useful, and can bring you back to the square foot where you planted years before.
Note; seeds are for sale below.
Wild Simulated GINSENG SOWING METHOD
Best areas are on North through East & Southeast hillsides which provide a ground shade of from 70 to 90 percent under small-leaved deciduous trees such as maple, beech, birch, poplar, black cherry, etc. Avoid stands of evergreens, and large leafed deciduous trees such as oaks.
Once a location has been selected the site can be prepared for planting. When planting, (1)Use a yard leaf rake, rake back the leaves in an area suitable for ginseng (assuming you are in the woods). (2) Remove fallen limbs and weeds from the area. (3) Rake the ground and leaf mold thoroughly. (4) Scatter the ginseng seed on the ground about 5 or 6 inches apart (mixing the seed thoroughly with dry sand will help separate them so that they will not fall in "clumps" and possibly choke each other out). (5) The seeds can then be raked gently into the ground. (6) Tramp the area completely to press the soil down around the raked seeds. (7) Immediately rake the removed leaves back over the entire area. (8) Tramp the area thoroughly to press the leaves flat and kept from blowing away. Scatter small limbs and branches over the area to retard leaves which may blow in.
Plant as early in the Spring, all Summer long and as late into the Fall season as possible before snowfall. The ideal time to plant is immediately after a gentle fall of rain. This allows the seeds to remain moist. THESE SEEDS WILL NOT COME UP UNTIL THE SPRING OF THE YEAR FOLLOWING PLANTING.
The first year the seedling plants will usually have three leaves and be approximately 1 inch tall. Light Weeding may be necessary during the first several years. Leave other plants in with your planting to provide extra protection for your babies. The mulch should be left on to help control the weeds and also provide protection for the roots during subsequent winters. Each Fall the leaves falling from the trees will once again blanket the plants and add an extra layer of protection for the upcoming winter.
Over the next several years the plants will "slowly" grow and begin to mature. and you will be planting seeds which the plants begin to bear possibly the third year after planting. As the years pass, your plants will become more and more hardy and acclimated to your particular location.
My contact information; (585)296-4001 FredRGates@aol.com
Please go to our website wilspiritginseng.com for tons of information on how to plant, grow, harvest and market ginseng plus much more, including potting instructions. For our lowest Seed Prices and ginseng root prices go to my online store at WildAmericanGinseng.ebid.net or my website www.wilspiritginseng.com
How To Grow Ginseng In Pots
(1) Ginseng can be grown in boxes or pots in the house. Just like flowers. The container should be six or more inches deep and of any convenient size. Get rich loam from the woods, preferably that which grows around old decayed deciduous tree stumps, or use potting soil. Mix the soil 50/50 with sandy loam if possible. Ordinary lawn or garden soil will also work well as a rule. SOIL NORMALLY MUST BE ONLY SIGHTLY MOIST. Soggy soil for any great length of time will cause the rootlets on a ginseng plant to deteriorate and eventually cause the main root to become diseased.
The pot or other container must have large drainage holes or even slits in the lower part of the pot, and a bottom layer of pebbles about 1 ½ inches thick to assure rapid drainage of standing lower water in the container. Fill the pot to about 1 ½ inches from the top with soil mixture. Check the soil often to avoid over watering.
(2) Set the seeds in the box or pot with the bud about 1 inch apart and 1 inch below the surface of the soil. Cover the top of the soil with about 1 inch of good decayed deciduous leaf mulch or crumbled rotted wood to keep the soil from drying out.
(3) Place in a room or refrigerator which gets no lower than 38 degrees F and no higher than 50 degrees F through the cold months. Ginseng absolutely must have this lower temperature to help it come back for the coming season. Check several times through the winter to make sure they do not dry completely out, adding water sparingly if needed.
(4) When spring comes and the seeds begin to sprout, remove from the room or refrigerator to a shaded place, near a North or East window of a dry cool room. Give plenty of ventilation,, even if you have to set up a fan to gently move the air over the plantings. This will greatly aid in discouraging the condition called “Damping“ which encourages mold to infect the plants.. Keep the ground in your pot covered with mulch, and after the dangers of frost is gone, it can be placed in a cool place outside if desired. Avoid too much sun or rain. Ginseng is a deep woods plant and must have at least 70% shade, and is never found in a soggy or boggy area in the wild.. When the tops die down on your “babies”, move them back into a cool room or refrigerator as described above. Check several times through the winter to make sure that they do not dry out.
(5) When spring again comes, remove from the cool room or refrigerator to a shaded place, near a north window. Give plenty of ventilation, keep the ground in your pots or box covered with leaf mold, and after the dangers of frost is gone, they can be placed in a cool place outside if desired. Avoid too much sun. Ginseng is a deep woods plant and must have 70% shade. Too much sun will cause it to get sunburned, and too little will dramatically slow its development
(6) To conserve space in your refrigerator, you can carefully remove the ginseng roots from their pots or container after Their tops have died down, making sure that you do not injure either their rhizomes or hair roots, and seal the ginseng roots together in zip-lock bags with slightly moist (but not damp or wet) soil to completely cover them and keep them from developing mold. .
(7) When spring comes again, pot your plants at least 3 inches apart with the top of the root 1 inch below the surface in the soil, and place outside as before.
(8) Repeat the procedure described in (6)
(9) When spring comes again, pot your plants singly in gallon containers or pots with the top of the root 1 inch below the surface in the soil, cover with leaf mulch and place outside as before. They should be ready to offer for sale as a potted plant, or you may wish to keep them to produce and sell seeds from.
Plants can be sold from your home, at Farmer’s Markets, Flea Markets, Along the road, To any store which sells plants, As gifts, etc., etc. Prices charged can be $25.00 or more per mature seed bearing potted plant.
You may wish to keep some of your plants over to produce seeds before storing them for the winter;
(10) In the Fall Gather the seeds as quickly as the berries become soft and scarlet and plant the berries whole, without bruising, under the leaf mold and about ½ to 1 inch in mineral soil., high up on North or North-East Hillsides under deciduous trees (avoid oak, because its leaves are too broad to allow the tender shoots to spring up, and they fall too late in the season to protect the berry from drying out). and carefully cover the berry with leaf mold so that it will keep the seeds moist until the Autumn rains come. Ginseng seed will perish if it dries out.. The seeds will germinate over the next year and some of them will come up the year after that. You will be doing Wild Ginseng a great favor, for you will have an important part in keeping him alive and well in this wonderful country of ours. This may be the last stronghold of Wild Ginseng on the face of the Earth!
(11) You can easily “striate” the seeds by placing them in a container such as a large coffee can with a plastic lid in the following manner; (A) Obtain clean sand which has been washed to remove salt, etc, or get some from a river bank, etc. (B) Place a thin layer of sand in the bottom of the can. (C ) Sow a layer of seeds across the sand in such a way that they do not commonly touch each other. (D) Repeat (B) and (C ) until the can is nearly filled, or until you run out of seeds, and place another half inch of sand over the top. (E) Firmly place the plastic lid on the top of the can and store in a Cool place with a temperature no higher than 50 degrees and no lower than 39 degrees Fahrenheit. The seeds will be ready to pot or plant in the following Spring, and will sprout the Spring thereafter. Please visit my web site at www.wildspiritginseng.com for lots of great information and resources about ginseng. Fred Gates
Note; seeds are for sale below.
Please contact me in the following ways;
US Postal mail; Fred Gates, 3938 Remount Rd, Front Royal, VA 22630
Telephone; 1-585-296-4001 be sure to dial the prefix 1 also.
Please be sure to share your name, address and telephone number.
Hardy Woods Grown Ginseng Seeds Prices for 2016-2017
PLEASE PAY WITH CHECK OR MONEY ORDER:
FREE SHIPPING PRICES;
$19.95 per ounce, $49.00 per quarter pound, $79.00 per half pound, $149.00 per pound.
There are about 400 seeds in one ounce, and 6,400 seeds in 1 pound.
NOW is the time to plant! Place an order now and have some seeds on hand each time you visit the forest. Shipping occurs immediately upon receipt of payment.
Be sure to read and practice planting methods in every detail in the beginning of this catalog.
Please send check or money order with your shipping address, etc. to
Fred Gates, 3938 Remount Rd, Front Royal, VA 22630
These seeds will come up next Spring in 2019. They can be planted from now on thru Fall until the ground freezes.
DEAR FACE BOOK VISITORS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TERRIFIC RESPONSE
I STILL HAVE PLENTY OF SEEDS LEFT.
REMEMBER. IF YOU GET YOUR SEEDS NOW, YOU CAN KEEP THEM IN YOUR REFRIGERATOR UNTIL READY TO PLANT AT YOUR CONVENIENCE LATER ON THIS YEAR
Lists of registered United States ginseng dealers WHO WILL EAGERLY BUY YOUR ROOTS by State;
$5.00 each or $35 for all. Because of the nature of things, some may have some obsolete information, but there should be plenty of information you can use. I will cheerfully refund if you feel they weren’t worth it. Here are the States which have registered ginseng dealers, and the number of dealers in each State;
There are about 400 State Registered Wild Ginseng Dealers in the United States:
AL 5; AR 5; GA 9; IL 22; IN 28; IA 5; KY 11; MD 4; MN 40; MO 19; NY 42; NC 40; OH 42; PA 20; TN 30; VT 1 VA 34; WI 7; WV 34.
$5.00 each State or $35 for all
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