Guys I just noticed this post,I will share something with you that I saw with my own eyes.
Around 17 seasons back I went to see a friend of mine from Shields Ky,after a hand shake and some hello`s he said Billy my friend next door has found something that I have never seen before,I asked what is it,Earl said he found an 8 prong ginseng plant so he came out and me and him went back and took a pot we dug the plant very carefully and brought it back out,then he said would you like to see it.We walked next door and it was to this day the prettiest plant Ive ever saw.
The steam came up and had 4 forks on it just as a normal plant,but instead of a berry pod at the center it had another stalk coming up and that stalk had 4 forks on it as well,then then berry pod came up from that center and it had around 25 berrys in the pod,from the bucket to the top of the plant was about 44 inches,the root was unbelievable Earl told me but I never saw the root they never took it from the bucket untill time to sell,but I reckon it was over 7 ounces and had above 50 neck scares alot of people from our area got to see this awsome plant,they kept it to show untill selling time for it.
This was the biggest plant ive ever saw it was from Harlan co Ky up above the Evarts area.
I have dug one 5 prong in my life it did have a nice root,but wasent realy huge about 2 ounces.
We found the biggest top that I have ever found myself this season,their is a picture of it on my post titled !! seng season open in ky !! on page 11 the plant was 40 & 1/4 inches tall you can see picks of it their,it was a 4 prong the main center leaf was big enough to cover my hand the root was nice to.