How to Grow Wild Simulated Ginseng Workshop

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Space is limited to 15 participants. Cost to attend the workshop is $75. Participants will receive a starter kit of 1/4 pound of stratified ginseng seed and a copy of “Growing & Marketing Ginseng and Other Woodland Medicinals.”

Please register by October 5, 2022 by one of the following options:

For online registration and payment, please visit Eventbrite

To register and pay in person by cash or check, stop by N.C. Cooperative Extension, Ashe County Center located at 134 Law Enforcement Drive, Suite 202 in Jefferson.

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.


N.C. Cooperative Extension, Ashe County Center will host a workshop on how to grow wild simulated ginseng on October 6, 2022 from 4:00p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Russ Blevins Shelter at Ashe County Park (527 Ashe Park Rd, Jefferson, NC 28640).

Topics will include:

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

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Jessica Ham, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionJessica HamCounty Extension Administrative Assistant Call Jessica Email Jessica N.C. Cooperative Extension, Ashe County Center
Updated on Sep 9, 2022
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