I was wondering if anyone had any stats on their own Ginseng growing venture. I have read the book we all know of but was curious of personal experiences from others as well; seed amounts planted, surface area planted, time till harvest and profits.
hillhopper i noticed that this has been out there for 6 months with no response, I have been growing wild-simulated for many years that has been at a harvestable age for a few years. i can only give my opinion.probably most people are hesitant to publish this information on-line and it is understandable. As for the time till harvest and profits i think that alot of people who are starting to grow ginseng now will enevitably change their plans as their crop continues to mature, I am 12 years into a 5 year plan....when i started growing ginseng i had a 5 year plan. But after a few years my plans changed and i waited....and waited....and waited...I watched my seedlings sprout, battled fungus,deer,mice,turkeys,drought,flood,poachers,slugs,ticks,chiggers and god only knows what else. And every year in July I have to make a decision, do i dig this year or do i start topping my ginseng to hide it from the poachers, Its seems that after caring for these plants for over a few years you program yourself to instinctively protect your crop just as you would your own child.,then you finally weigh the odds and decide that you are going to roll the dice for another year because you know in the back of your mind that the price will just continue rise and your ginseng will just continue to add weight. so you order another 10-50lbs of seed and get ready for the next year. And then you spend the entire next year trying to decide again. it is a vicious cycle.