Great job on those 2 year olds. You can tell by lookinG at those root hairs that something is agreeing with their diet down deep in the soil. They're really going for it.
I don't know if you are planning to transplant those. They should really make some nice mature roots in about 8 years. Admirable work. That first one is a man root in the making.
Nice root hair. Same around here. Rarely see a four prong. i mean i dug a two prong not long ago to move it and it had a age of over 20 years. Long neck and a root not much bigger than a pea. Every once and a while I'll dig a nice one though. Just depends on the area its in i guess
I have been growing Gensing where I live for about 12 years and I have Patches ranging from seedlings to rather large 4 prongs,I transplanted most all of the two prongs and three prongs as well as 4 pronges, I have learned so much in the past 12 years of growing Gensing but I have a passion for preserving the Wild Gensing in my area I have seen so many times how people will just dig out an area of everything they find so with all the extra seeds I have I now go to the areas that were dug out and replant my one prongs and two prongs for future Gensing diggers as well as my two teenage sons to have a place to hunt.