I got off work at 4 and dug just a few... 6 roots and it poured down rain on me... had to quit for a while.
Here is a Pic of the first two roots harvested this year... a couple of nice ones.
I harvested a few 8-9 year old wild sim roots too, and they are looking pretty good too, nice ball roots, with some neck to them.
I will include a few pics of them later on... rain has stopped.. heading back to dig more.
This is what one of my 9 year old wild sim plants looks like...
it was a somewhat mid sized 3 prong (as many of my 7-10 year olds are)... nothing special just a decent 3 pronger.
It grows slow here on my place.
The root I think had a nice shape to it - somewhat ballish, with some forks, and some decent neck showing up at this point.
That was one of the first ones I dug to check out... and then later after the rain i did did a few more of those on some land I will be selling in a year or two.
In Scotts book he mentions 7 years for harvest on wild sim... but that obviously is in ideal growing location (which my place is not). It grows here, but slow... slow. My soil is not near ideal fertility for seng, and my light conditions are heavy timber... so lower light. The combination of lower light and less fertile... makes for SLOW growth on ginseng.
I knew that starting off... so no suprise to me. This is about what i was expecting.
Overall pleased with the looks of the top and root... for this 9 year old... but I think ideally this plant really needed another 5-10 years growing on my place to be a real quality seng root.
This pic here shows some other 7-10 year old wild sim roots that I harvested up close.
They look pretty much just like the wild does here on my place.
My battery is out on my scales... but I would estimate that I dug around 10 oz yesterday evening including a few nice wild roots.
I don't think my wild sim will have any trouble selling as wild... after all all I did was plant the seeds, they grew completely wild, so how could they be any different ? They sure look wild to me. Again another 5-10 years would improve things no doubt.
very nice TN,i went yesterday 60 percent look like this..
...this one was 50 yards from the place I parked, I gently brought it out to get a good pic....had less than a inch of rain in aug. and no rain this month so far ..aint mowed my yard in 21 days..its bad here....
yeah ,tn I think a rain will just beat it down,,seen very few berries ,no rain sight for another week,,iam hoping for cooler temp.s so the crappie will start biting...got to 91 degrees here today and humid as all get out....