Here is a past posting from me showing a root neck that I planted. It had a new water root growing off of it. So I think over time the root neck would produce a new plump root over time.
Thanks for posting this information and link! As some of you know, I have tried this but so far, I have been unable to determine the results. It seems that the necks with buds and tops still attached that I replanted in 2012, either completely rotted out, were eaten by rodents or have gone into dormancy as I was unable to find any of the one's I planted. I am hoping that next year, I will see a result of using this method!
For those that have Ginseng beds where the plants and their' roots can be monitored for progress, I wonder if someone would be willing to try another experiment??!! What if a person separated a portion of the neck (containing a bud) from a Ginseng root and planted it but also re-planted the root which also still has a portion of the root attached to see what the results would be. If both pieces from one root eventually grew new tops (next year or the year after) and if the especially the neck, re-grew a root, this would be fantastic! This might be somewhat of a controversial method to propagate the species but if it worked, one could see good results in their' Ginseng crops within the next 10 to 15 years without ever having to plant a lot of extra seeds.
What do you think about this and is anyone willing to try it? Someone that has a Ginseng bed and knows where every plant is within the bed, could actually try this now and report the results over the next 2 to 3 years.