Most of the seed I planted last fall is wild simulated in amongst weeds and everything. I have tried planting in areas of the forest where there may be a little extra sunlight (for example where a tree has fallen) because I anticipate the forest canopy will eventually fill in, and the weeds will begin to disappear leaving behind the shade loving ginseng (at least thats the plan). But for now, it is quite difficult to find little seedlings amongst all of the greenery, and I start to go cross-eyed when I know that I am staring right at it. It is really hard for me to estimate how much seed has successfully sprouted, but I think it has done well.
Thanks TNhunter. I think the 3 leaf or seedling stage is the toughest to spot. I have some areas that are even thicker with vegetation, and perhaps I should take some more challenging pictures there.
By the way, I planted some of my seeds in the exact opposite setting where it is clearly too-shady, and my plan in those locations is to fell a tree or two as needed to keep it happy. I don't know whether this is a good idea or a bad idea, but I guess we'll see.
In a few other areas I have a problem of having planted too many seeds and in some spots about 8 or 9 seedlings have come up in a small area instead of 3 or 4. I don't know whether I mis-counted or Mike Lee's seed was extra fertile, but anyway, I am trying to figure out whether to thin them and try to transplant at this stage or whether just to let nature take its course. (My motto for my flower beds around my house is that only the strongest will survive, so I'm thinking maybe this should apply to my ginseng as well).