Thanks for the responses so far!!! nice to have the responses from both dealers and growers... How about the rest of you growers and diggers on this website... anyone else have an opinion that is useful for this post?
Yeah, the wild-sim statements above,,, that's where some folks think it gets a bit fuzzy. In the past there has been a real debate on these points.
For example... I've heard that -paticularily on the wild-sim--- that organic soil amendments can be used on these plantings. However no pesticides/herbicides/or non-organic fertilizers at all.
If you spread the seed, and then walk away for the growth period of the next 10 years... how is that different from wild? Seems to me that this step, required by law in more than a few states is no different than wild category. That is, some states require that you replant seeds within a small range of the \"naturally-occuring\" wild plant. One could argue that there are very, very few naturally-occuring plants out there given the near decimation of ginseng due to poor harvest practices for the past 200 years, resulting in it's mostly endangered status.
It would be nice to have some official input here from, say, someone in the NC Dept of Ag, or the Kentucky Dept of Ag.... I think both those depts are monitoring this website... I would like to get folks engaged with the definitions here. Perhaps some buyers can weigh in as well... I believe that this website is monitored by many buyers as well...