Extension Offers Ginseng Production Workshops in October in Western NC

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If you own mature hardwood forestland (or a nice wooded backyard) with a little slope, moist soil, and good drainage, ginseng may be a viable way to produce income from your underutilized woods. Western North Carolina has 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 $800 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.


Wild simulated ginseng can be a way to add value to your underutilized woods.

Cooperative Extension will be hosting three field demonstration workshops in October on wild-simulated ginseng production in Caldwell, Ashe, and Watauga counties. Dr. Jim Hamilton 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

Workshop Dates and Details:

  • Ashe County: Thursday, October 6th @ 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; 15 participants max. Registration information.
  • Caldwell County: Thursday, October 13th @ 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; 15 participants max. Registration information.
  • Watauga County: Thursday, October 27th @ 3 p.m.-5 p.m.; 15 participants max. Registration information.