I see you are planting whole berries. I've seen that elsewhere as well. Is that preferable over mashing the seed(s) out of a berry and then planting the seed(s)?
Last year was my first time harvesting, and I got into the habit of mashing out the seeds and then planting them individually. Some of those bigger plants would have some berries with 3 seeds in them. It just made sense to me to spread the seeds out a little more, although my finger tip got quite raw from poking them all in the ground...
Just curious about how different people plant the berries/seeds and whether there is any observed difference in the results of each method.
And great looking plants BTW. This year, I'm going to replant some roots instead of turning them all into tea or tincture. Everyone needs a seed garden!
I have planted red berries, marked the location, and followed up on them thru to sprouting.
Even though one berry with 2 seeds was planted in the berry... when they sprouted they came up 2-3 inches apart.
The top inch or two of the soil actually moves around quite a bit especially during winter cycles with freezing and thawing... and a red berry that is planted, and undergoes the normal stratification period... goes thru two winters so there is lots of soil movement that happens over that time and from my experience it will separate those seeds more than you think it would.
I have dug a many big stout healthy ginseng that had a twin growing right beside it... hoping that it was a double top... to find out nope... it was just a couple of individuals that very well may have come from the same berry.
I also tend to think that on the 3rd day the ONE that created all of these seed bearing plants knew what he was doing
Can a man help the situation out some... I think you are probably right, we might be able to if we took the time to do that, separate those seeds a little more.
One exception I might have to that is when conditions are really dry... those seeds staying inside that berry would be protected just a little bit longer from drying out.
Thanks TNHunter - that makes good sense. This plant and it's berries (and seeds) are indeed incredibly designed, so it seems right to go with the original intent. And I hadn't thought about how in a 100% natural setting, the berry might provide enough moisture (and other protection?) to sustain the seeds until they are adequately covered with fresh fallen leaves that will help trap moisture. Same goes for when we plant them during a dry spell.
The mouse bait is working some had been eaten, chewed on, and there was still some left.
The berries are really starting to kick in now... got 85 berries off my seed bed.
Took them to another hollow where I have a couple of wild sim beds and a new spot in that hollow that I wanted to start a patch.
Up near the head of the hollow there is a place where there are 5-6 old grape vines in a small area. I have found ginseng on a regular basis where grape vines grow and I planted 30 berries or so in that location... we'll see how they do.