I'm not personally upset or blaming anyone necessarily. This is all sort of an experiment for me. I did get the seeds from WildGrown.com, as a matter of fact.
But look, I realize when you're buying seeds you're buying into a chance it's going to grow but a bunch of different conditions could get in the way. Maybe something you do mistakenly prevents growth and it's not the fault of the person who sold you the seeds. I get it. I was just hoping for some pointers if there were any to give. I've heard ginseng's growth can be quite fragile but I haven't quite known what to expect.
I've never found any wild seng on my property, and I don't know where to get a native transplant from. I admit I don't know what diseases the seeds may or may not be carrying, but I don't know what diseases they might get at any point in time after I planted them either. It seems like it's all a crap shoot regardless.
I've planted seeds in multiple different locations throughout the property hoping to try out variations in conditions and see what works best. Actually, I was pretty amazed at just how much more ground vegetation there is now than in September. I suppose that's what you'd expect with the seasons, but I didn't realize so much of the ground vegetation would have died back by early fall. At any rate, one of the things that crossed my mind is that the seng might be competing with all of these other ground plants. There were actually a lot of plants that look nothing like new ginseng in the beds where I had planted the seeds. I didn't know if that was a normal thing, or if I should be weeding these beds or what. I'd wanted to plant something in as close to wild conditions as possible, and a part of me just thinks it would be absurd if seng was so persnickety it couldn't stand to be around other plants at all. Maybe I'm wrong in that, I dunno. I'm sure if this was easy the market prices wouldn't be near as steep as they are, but I'd figured one of the biggest barriers keeping a lot of people from getting in the game was the sheer length of time until harvest.
Anyhow, I'd appreciate any more thoughts about how to increase germination and yields.