Wild-Simulated Ginseng Production

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If you own mature forestland (or a nice wooded backyard) with a little slope, moist soil, and good drainage, ginseng may be a viable way to diversify your underutilized woods. The mountains and foothills of Caldwell County have ideal growing conditions for this valuable forest medicinal plant. Ginseng can be a tricky plant to grow successfully and takes between 8-10 years to reach a size favored by the Asian markets to which it is exported. However, the market for ginseng is fairly stable and has averaged around $750 per dried pound over the last few years. Ginseng is a native forest plant whose roots have been traded in Appalachia for hundreds of years.

N.C. Cooperative Extension of Caldwell County will be hosting a field demonstration workshop on wild-simulated ginseng production on October 14, 2021, from 2–4 p.m. at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Caldwell County Center. Dr. Jim Hamilton & Sarah Christas will provide an overview of ginseng production and field demonstrations on how to successfully plant and cultivate wild-simulated ginseng.

Topics will include:

  • Background on ginseng
  • Site selection, soil fertility requirements, & companion plants
  • Site preparation & planting
  • Pests and Production issues
  • The market for ginseng

Cost to attend the workshop is $75. Participants will receive ¼ pound of stratified ginseng seed and a copy of “Growing & Marketing Ginseng” and other woodland medicinals.

Space and seed are limited to the first 15 paid registrants.

Registration and payment is required in advance.

For more information, contact the Caldwell County office at 828-757-1290.