i scouted out a place and i did find about 20 plants in an 1 1/2 hrs but they seem small compared to the pics i see. they were mostly 3 prongs and 1 was a 4 prong but they were around 6 inches tall. I didnt dig any to see how big the root was but i was wanting to plant seed here but am worried about the soil and should i plant it somewhere else. There was mayapples and trilliums growing so i guess soil is ok i dont know. i consider it a secure place but am worried about the growing conditions.
I have transplanted thousands of roots over the years. If you transplant wild roots (In Season) they must be transplanted into a woods suitable for growing ginseng.
If you transplant in a shade garden you will have less success than if you transplant in a new woods.
If you have a good woods to put them in then give it a try. If not it's best to leave them where they are. Wait until mid September to move them. Plant them as deep as they were when you dug them. Pack the soil firmly once transplanted but do not break off the new growth bud. And lastly I like to water the transplanted root after you are done. This will decrease the chance of the root going into transplant shock. A minimum of a cup of water per root if possible. A couple of cups per root if there is a creek nearby. I just take an empty milk jug with me when I do this if there is a creek close.
Here is a up close on one of those nice roots (weighed 1.5 oz) and shows the rocky soil well.
I am planning to check that bluff out again this fall when seng season opens and just see if there are any more big plants up (that did not have a top up last year) and also want to get a soil sample and have that soil tested to see what the calcium level is and the PH.
One things for sure - it only took those plants 5-8 years to get hunge and have some nice fat heavy roots on them. What ever the conditions are there, has to be near ideal for seng.