That's what I'm after aswell. I just want to be able to watch the plants grow from start to finish without having to worry about poachers, bugs, deer, and rodents while replenishing the wildstock with seeds and rootlets. I did some research on west Virginia code and apparently I can't even have a raised bed without a permit I can rip the roots up and sell them legally but should I want them to continue growing under my supervision, I have to spend a couple hundred dollars :/
Maybe I'm missing it, but the only thing that I see that is illegal, is to move the plants out of state without certifying them or to not plant the berries in the approximate vicinity of where the plant was growing. If it is illegal to dig a ginseng plant and move it to your property, then half of the diggers in Tennessee are guilty. I guess that I'm just not seeing this.
\"I live in tn. and unless laws have changed it's illegal to dig roots for anything but to sell.\"
If you are harvesting for personal use (your own consumption).. the harvest season dates and other restrictions do not apply.
Below is how it reads...
Notice on all those restrictions... it says \"for the purpose of sale or export\".
If digging for your own personal use... those do not apply.
Notes on Tennessee Ginseng Harvest Season Laws
The wild ginseng Harvest Season is from September 1 to December 31 of each year. It is unlawful to dig wild ginseng for the purpose of sale or export on any date not within the ginseng Harvest Season.
No permits are required to dig wild or cultivated ginseng, but one MUST have the landowner's permission to enter the property and dig wild or cultivated ginseng. Ginseng collectors may dig wild ginseng on their own land.
It is unlawful to dig, for the purpose of sale or export, any wild ginseng plant that has green berries or that has less than three (3) prongs. A \"prong\" means a ginseng leaf with three (3) to five (5) leaflets.
It is unlawful to dig wild ginseng for the purpose of sale or export, and remove the berries of the wild ginseng from the approximate location from which the wild ginseng was dug, and to fail IMMEDIATELY after such digging to plant the berries of the wild ginseng in the approximate location from which the wild ginseng was dug.
I don't agree with that law. Digging for selling, digging for consumption, or digging for transplant to start a patch on your private property are all the same in my book, you are digging the root from the original location in all 3 examples. What does it matter which option you do with the root?
I think the issue has to do with property rights. If you own the ground, you own everything on it including the ginseng. While they can regulate the harvest to some extent, they have a hard time justifying the regulating of harvesting which does not result in the plants/roots going into commerce.