Appreciate the help guys. I'll have to check out those vids. I figured out what was going wrong the other day while scouting... I didn't have very good trees around lots of oaks around instead of poplars and maples. Also in the other couple ares there was more larger saplings then trees, (15-25ft tall or so) even though a lot were poplar, I'm under the impression large mature poplars, maples, and beech is what I should be looking for? Once again thanks for the help!
Another fact I've found, sometimes you are in the perfect location and for whatever reason, there is no ginseng growing. I've been in areas that had every companion plant imaginable, perfect shade, perfect soil, perfect shade trees, but no seng.
So I planted a few seeds and I'll check back in a year or 2.
Mortis, Been in the same predicament. You keep looking and looking and nothing. I always suspect areas like that were over dug at some point. I bet those seeds you planted will do great. Look forward to hearing about your progress.
Just keep in mind that ginseng has been eliminated from many of the habitats that it once thrived in, be it by deer, over harvest, or land use. So you will find a lot of \"good habitat\" with little to no ginseng.
it's always interesting to see what plants people associate with ginseng, sassafras, I've often associated that with sour soil.
Around here in my part of western Pa black cohosh is 'the' plant. along with the tree ,poplar
it's funny I don't see much maidenhair around here, only a little bit once and while so I don't really associate it with sang.
Someone said in the other thread about blue cohosh being a good plant to see, for some reason it's almost a downer to see it around here, like maybe it's crowding out the sang. This year I've started scouting in a new area I've never been in before, only about 10 miles from where I've always hunted it and I haven't seen one blue cohosh plant all summer where as it was a common plant in my old hunting area.
I call this new area \"extra sweet\" as in the soil, I've never seen so much sang growing on western and southern exposures