After a lot more work than I had estimated I have all my seeds in the ground. I started planting in mid March and finished up the last weekend of March. The conditions are not idea for ginseng, my soil is a silt loam not a sandy loam and the ground has less than 3% incline. These 2 issues may result in drainage problems and the \"wet feet\" ginseng hates. Time will tell if there is an issue there.
My first ginseng green shoot appeared two days ago. I'm hoping for many more in the next few weeks. My concern is tree coverage. The trees over the ginseng stand have not yet sprouted their leaves. It will be another 2 to 3 weeks before they are in full bloom, in the meantime there is little shade coverage for the ginseng. Will young ginseng plants tolerate this exposure to the sun, or should I look to cover them up with some shade cloth while I wait for the leaves to come in?
PaulG- if you think about it, many forests are in the same condition when 'sang emerges. Once the leaves on the trees come out, then all is good. i'd be more concerned about the flat part. What state are you in?
I'm in Northern Virginia. Some beds are pretty flat, with only a slight incline. Others have a better incline, tough not the suggested 9%. Some beds, the extremely flat ones I mounded for better drainage.