Hello everybody I'm new to the forum but have been reading for a long time. Even bought some seeds a few years ago but never got them planted.
My question is will ginseng grow on east west facing hills if they have enough shade and water. From what I've read north facing hills seem to be best but unfortuneatly the forestry service owns those.
Heres a pic of the east facing hill looking down. theres a creek at the bottom.
All help appreciated. Thank you
Yes East facing hills are fine. As you can see by your pic shown you have native woodland plants already and your canopy looks good too.
If you have any spots void of woodland plants like on some western facing slopes then I would not plant on those. However, some Western facing slopes work well when the canopy, soil quality are good. How do you know when they are good, simple there will be woodland plants growing. When its bad sometimes the ground is void of plant life as it is burnt out or the soil is not good or in some cases the canopy is so thick no light comes through to help plants grow.
Latt has given you good advice. I would add that you shouldn't restrict yourself to north or eastern exposures. As long as the other prerequisites are present, you should be able to grow ginseng there. This is where test plots come into play.
Here's a pic of the west facing hill doesnt get as much light due to the tree canopy as the east facing hill but things do grow. Don't think I have to worry about the soil quality since as soon as any part of it gets more light from trees falling or whatever things start growing. but this area is steeper
Thank you for all information.