Ginseng, American (Panax quinquefolius) seeds [INTL NO]

(12 customer reviews)

$16.10

We are now once again taking orders for fresh ginseng seed for delivery starting August 17th, 2020.  First come, first served.

Family: Ginseng (Araliaceae)

Hardy to Zones 4 to 8

Herbaceous perennial forest dweller native to Eastern North America.  Traditional usage (TWM, Native American): stomach upset, lack of energy.  A classic adaptogen.  Cultivation:  The best advice is simple advice.  Find a shady area on your land (forest or shade garden) where there is good drainage, scrape the leaf mulch away, plant the seeds singly 6 inches apart and 1 inch deep, and cover back up with leaf mulch.  This should be done with this STRATIFIED SEED that we offer, from August through December.  The seed we offer has been stratified for an entire year.  You plant this seed in the fall and it will come up in the spring, pretty much without fail.  We highly recommend this seed and encourage you to purchase it in good time and plant as soon as possible after receipt.  More questions?  E-mail us or read the “ginseng” chapter in our book “growing at-risk.”

Open Pollinated 10 g packet of seeds (Fresh, undried, stratified seed delivered moist.  Sow immediately upon receipt.)

There are about 120 seeds in a 10 g packet.

100g contains appx. 1200 seeds.

Note:  Ginseng seed not available internationally, due to CITES regulations.

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  1. Judith

    Thank you!

    Judith (verified owner)

    Thank you for helping to bring this precious, native plant back to Michigan. The seeds looked great and there were so many! Will send pictures of my woodland garden in the Spring.

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  2. Question

    Derek

    Is it possible to grow ginseng in a pot, provided it is well mulched and properly shaded? The landlord at my new place said I could put plants in pots outside near my ground level window, and there’s a shady tree there that seems like it would be perfect ginseng cover. I just can’t break ground to put anything in the soil since it’s a rented place.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi Derek, Yes, you can do this, it works, I’ve done it. Scroll down and look at the other comments, I made a longer reply to the same question not too long ago. Cheers. Richo

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    • YAN WANG

      Hi, I live in south bay california, is it ok to plant the american ginseng? I heard it usually grow in cold area and we have warm winter… Thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Right, probably not your best choice. Ashwagandha or Ashitaba would work better for you, even Aralia racemosa. r

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    Nicole Villarreal McCormick

    I am in the temperate Pacific Northwest, and surrounded by majority conifer trees. How do these seeds do with mild winters and without leafy mulch?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Nicole, American Ginseng doesn’t do very well under conifers. In the PNW the best ecology for ginseng is the alder/maple woodland. The plants do need leafy mulch. Mild winters are OK. Please read the Ginseng chapter in my book “growing at-risk,” it will help you, I think.
      Richo

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    • Annie

      Could I plant this in a raised bed if I used leaf mulch to cover it? Would morning sun and afternoon shade be ideal for this herb? I moved into a new home and it is going to take me a while to cultivate my “forest garden” but I am so excited to start growing some of my own medicinal herbs! Any advice you have, would be so appreciated! I have waited my whole adult life to have such an opportunity! Thank you!

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Annie, The raised bed technique (I’m assuming you mean 2 x 8s screwed together into a rectangular box, with hardware cloth on the bottom to exclude burrowers and filled with potting soil, sand and compost) is good for most plants including ginseng. Ginseng is going to want dappled sunlight only–no direct sunlight at all–and this is best supplied by lattice (that’s the old-time technique) or 40% shadecloth stretched some distance above the bed (allowing for human access, over head-height in other words). You can find exacting info on all this in my book “Growing At-Risk.” A decomposed hardwood sawdust on the surface is very good for ginseng and can lead to great success and less disease problems. As with anything horticultural, you provide the best environment you can, attuning to the requirements of the species, and then put the seeds in there, see what happens, and keep reaping the benefits whether that might be the desired production or a lesson in what not to do. Persistence pays off. Richo

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    • Ann Farnham

      Thank you Richo! I ordered you book last night! I am excited to get started. 🙂

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Ann, Oh, good, thank you. Richo

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    • kent scheer

      Regarding planting in conifers…in Minnesota I’ve had great success planting ginseng in a red pine forest with high shade. Know that there can be a big risk from herbivores.
      Deer wiped my stand out.

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  4. Question

    Gwyn (verified owner)

    Thank you so much for these seeds! I planted them immediately (October) and it rained a lot that night- do I need to water them again? Thank you

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Gwyn,
      No, they will now be settled in and won’t need watering again until after germination in the spring.
      r

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    • Cody Conner

      Hi Richo~ I live in B.C Canada of SaltSpring Island. I have bought seeds and a book from you previously. I love your seeds! My question is can you ship me American Ginseng seeds being I am in Canada? Thanks! ~ Cody.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Cody,
      American Ginseng is CITES regulated, you would have to give us a domestic USA address.
      Richo

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  5. Alaina Wilkins (KY)

    Planted with love!

    Alaina Wilkins (KY) (verified owner)

    I am grateful to be able to contribute to the conservation of this invaluable plant. I humbly appreciate the care involved with making this seed available.Thank you for all that you do!.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      our pleasure!

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    • Gwyn (verified owner)

      Thank you so much for these seeds- there are so many in the packet! I planted them all under an old sugar maple tree. It is not exactly a prepared bed…I dug and loosened the soil a bit before planting…I hope the soil is deep enough.

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  6. Question

    Nancy

    I’m interested in your American Ginseng. I see you have seeds for sale but do you ever have roots?
    Thx

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    • One person found this helpful
      Diana

      Admin Diana

      Hi Nancy,
      I don’t sell rootlets for planting because people normally have terrible luck with them–they tend to rot–I find that the best way to get ginseng going is to plant it from seed.
      Richo

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    Ann

    Seed quality

    Ann (verified owner)

    I received beautiful looking, stratified seed this fall and planted them shortly after they arrived. I am very excited to report the seedlings have begun to emerge and I couldn’t be more thrilled -thank you for producing such high quality seed – that can be hard to find with certain species!

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  8. Question

    Benno Rothschild

    Hi there,

    I am very interested in growing ginseng. From what I read, it sounds like I could preorder this to ensure availability come September but I am not seeing this option. Have you stopped taking new orders already? ? thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Benno. We open up purchasing on stratified ginseng seed with our fall catalogue in September. Delivery follows soon thereafter. richo

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    Laura

    Can you let me know when American Ginseng will be in stock again?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Yes, American Ginseng seed will be in stock starting in September. Availability occurs at the same time as the planting cycle–one plants this stratified seed (it has been buried for a year) in the late summer to early winter for emergence in the spring. I have seen people purchase and plant ginseng at other times of the year and the results were zero.

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  10. Question

    Stacie

    Hi, how is this herb in comparison to Eleuthero/Siberian Ginseng or Red ginseng/Panax ginseng?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Stacie, In the USA Panax quinquefolium is the standard by which other “ginsengs” are judged. It is very well-studied and respected. Richo

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    Brenda Renc

    Can you let me know when you have ginseng seeds available

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    • One person found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      These will be available starting September of 2018

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    • Fatima

      Hello and God bless you for all the hard MAGICAL work you are doing. Do we need to pay in advance to order Ginseng seeds or do you keep us posted ?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      We’ll keep you posted, it makes little sense to sell or distribute ginseng seeds until they are ready starting in September and on until November or so. r

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    • Tatiana Gribanova

      Hello, do you know if deer or rabbits bother this plant? Thank you

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Tatiana, If deer and rabbits are starving, they will eat almost anything, but in a diverse garden, with many choices (like plantain, mallow, legumes, etc.), then ginseng is way down on the list of edibles for deer and rabbits. Richo

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    • Judith (verified owner)

      Hi Richo!
      I live in northern lower Michigan. I received my ginseng seeds last week and planted them promptly in my woodland garden. I was amazed to learn that ginseng is native to Michigan. Now I am back to purchase your book. I purchased some goldenseal roots too. Do you have any other recommendations for a woodland garden? Thank you so much for the ginseng seeds. I am very excited and very appreciative!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Judith, When Ginseng germinates, it is as you say it–exciting. Any of the herbaceous perennial forest dwellers will work. Goldenseal pairs up nicely with black and blue cohosh, wild yam, ginseng and mayapple. “Growing At-Risk” really does give a great deal of info about these and other native medicinal forest dwellers. Richo

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