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Are there any ginseng hunters on the website?  It's a good hobby and a good excuse to be in the woods.  At $700 a pound ginseng pays for my hunting and fishing.  The picture shows a four-prong wild ginseng plant in Western Maryland with a ripening red berry pod.  GFM 033.JPG

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$700.00 a pound ?
WHO'S PAYING THAT ?
At $700.00 a pound it would be paying a lot more than my outdoor goodies.

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I sell to Jim Fazenbaker of Hagerstown, MD who is a licensed dealer in the State.  GFM
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I hunt ginseng and you are right. It is excellent exercise. Great feeling when you find some. Not quite as good when you see a huge buck heading your way but it's comes somewhat close
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I came around the bend of a hillside last year and found a dozen large plants all with red berries right in front of me.  This was quite a thrill.  I've also come around the bend of a hill and ran into a rattlesnake--both give me quite a thrill.   But it's not the knee shaking event of a buck walking toward your tree stand.  GFM
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Does MD have a seaon? Need a permit?  I know some states do.
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Yes, Maryland has a ginseng season which starts September 1 and ends December 1.  You must apply for a $2 permit from the Maryland Dept. of Agriculture by calling 410-841-5920 which is the Office of Plant Protection and Weed Management. 

Unfortunately, beginning last year you can only hunt ginseng on private property--state forests are off limits.  They shortened the season a couple of years ago by a month and reduced the area you could hunt on and then claimed the harvest amount was going down, so they said more protection was needed to preserve the existing ginseng.

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Is there any specific terrain that it grows best?
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I find it best on east facing hillsides with medium size timber and good ground cover.  Ginseng cannot survive with a lot of direct sunshine and heat.   A good place to  start looking would be an east facing slope that has medium size timber and grapevines.  In my area black cohosh is a good indicator plant to start looking around.  If there is little ground cover and the area looks scrubby, you will not find ginseng.  Most of my good areas have a variety of trees such as wild cherry, maple, and ash. 
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Very cool. Does anybody think that there are or found any wild ginsing plants in montgomery county?
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dumb question probably, but why can't you just grow the stuff?
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Montgomery County historically had a wild ginseng population.  According to recent studies by the Smithsonian Institute and newspaper articles in the Washington Post, ginseng no longer grows in Montgomery County.  Under the right conditions in a forested setting, ginseng probably could be grown again in the county.  Frederick County is probably the nearest ginseng population.  Steve Galloway grows ginseng behind his house in Frederick County.  His company "Catoctin Mountain Botanicals" sells ginseng around the world.   I don't want to discourage you from hunting ginseng in Montgomery County--there could be a remnant population tucked away in a secluded spot.

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Ginseng is grown commercially in Frederick and Garrett Counties in Maryland.  It also is grown in a large scale in Wisconsin and the upper midwest.  The cultivated ginseng is considered less potent than the wild root. You can order a pound of seeds (7,000) off the internet from many companies and grow it in many areas of Maryland with the proper amount of shade and moisture.   I've tried to get the state of Maryland (DNR) to start a replanting program by scattering seeds in the state forest around the state.   It would take little effort and little money for the state to do this, but so far "no go."  It probably makes too much sense for the DNR to do this.   

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This is very cool. I saw a show on maybe A and E about Ginseng hunters. I am thinking they were in Virginia or west Virginia maybe. Very competitive and defensive of their secret spots because of the value. Its like Money growing out in the wild, you just have to find it and pick it.



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Thanks for the comment.  I also saw the ginseng shows on reality TV.  They were a little contrived.  It's not as dramatic as they make it out to be.  I go years and never see another ginseng hunter.  I've hunted the same patches on and off for years.  I got back to good areas every three years.  This preserves ginseng for the future.  I would like to see the state start a replanting program.  A friend suggested throwing the seeds out of a helicopter in October.  If the state couldn't do it by hand.  A relative whose father was an old time ginseng hunter and had seeds when he passed away, took his father's seeds and just scattered them in the woods and they came up this spring.   Just shows you that it doesn't take much effort for them to grow.
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Sold Sang yesterday 700 a pound.
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This is very cool. I saw a show on maybe A and E about Ginseng hunters. I am thinking they were in Virginia or west Virginia maybe. Very competitive and defensive of their secret spots because of the value. Its like Money growing out in the wild, you just have to find it and pick it.




I've seen that show too - they are in NC (the one guy doesn't have any front teeth and his partner is his son)

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Question. What is so special about ginseng? Does it give you a buzz?
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No, it does not give you a buzz.  The Chinese have been using it for thousands of years. They feel it keeps the body in balance--the ying and the yang.  When they get out of balance, you get sick.  I have used ginseng and hunted ginseng for years.  Recently I had a PSA test out of the accepted range.  I used a ginseng product from Harding's in Garrett County for a month and I passed the next test.  If there was nothing to ginseng, it would have gone out of favor hundreds of years ago and the Chinese wouldn't pay such exorbitant prices for it.
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Merlin, good information. Ginseng has to be beneficial to those that use it. 
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Ginseng fans, Watch for the ginseng segment on Maryland Farm and Harvest show on PBS or MPT Tuesday Jan. 12 at 7PM. It was filmed at Harding's farm in Garrett Co.
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I bought some started roots and some seed two years ago.....don't think it took well. But then again I left it in the fridge for a couple months and I think they go too dry.....the seeds that popped were still green when I planted them and the started roots where not dry or brittle?.......not sure, if they don't come up this summer I'll know I wasted $40. I plan on buying more as I have a north/northeat facing hillside with apply cover and good drainage.....figure it be a nice little extra cash 20yrs later
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Downwind, I have my best luck planting in October, when the leaves start to fall and the ground has gotten some moisture back in it.You should always keep the seeds and rootlets slightly moist and in the refrigerator until planting. I don't know why you waited two months to plant, but not a good idea. I start to plant soon after receiving seeds. The first year plants will only be about 3" tall and have 3 leaves total, one prongers, mine are not up yet in Allegany Co. Put seeds in many places on your property, some will come up some won't. This way you can find the best places, in the woods I plant around wild plants that are already growing. You should get a crop in 7 years. Good luck.
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I sold my ginseng Tuesday for $550 a pound. This will pay for hunting and fishing for awhile. Ginseng hunting is great, you get to wander around in the woods and get paid for it.
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