Workshop: How to Grow Wild-Simulated Ginseng

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If you own mature forestland (or a nice wooded backyard) with good soil and drainage, ginseng may be a viable way to diversify your property and produce income from your underutilized woods. Ginseng is a native medicinal plant that has been wild-harvested here in the mountains of the High Country for centuries. While it can be a tricky plant to grow successfully, the market for ginseng has averaged over $750 per dried pound over the last few years. Ginseng takes between 7-10 years to reach a size favored by the Asian markets to which it is exported. ginsengIn September, N.C. Cooperative Extension of Watauga County will be hosting two workshops on how to grow wild-simulated ginseng.

Workshop Dates:

September 19, 2019 @ 4–6 p.m. – 20 participants max

September 26, 2019 @ 4–6 p.m. – 20 participants max

Topics will include:

  • Site selection, soil fertility requirements, & companion plants
  • Site preparation
  • Planting methods
  • Production issues—(pest mitigation & poaching issues)
  • The market for ginseng

To register: call or email the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Watauga County Center or Dr. Jim Hamilton at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Watauga County at 828-264-3061 or at jim_hamilton@ncsu.edu.

Space is limited. Cost to attend the workshop is $75. Participants will receive a starter kit of 1/4 pound of stratified ginseng seed. The first 40 registrants will also receive a copy of “Growing & Marketing Ginseng and Other Woodland Medicinals.” Please call or come by the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Watauga County Center to register for workshop sessions. Checks may be made out to Watauga County CES.

Additional seed is available upon request.