How to Grow Wild Simulated Ginseng Workshop

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N.C. Cooperative Extension, Ashe County Center will host a workshop on how to grow wild simulated ginseng on October 12, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Russ Blevins Shelter at Ashe County Park (527 Ashe Park Rd, Jefferson, NC 28640).

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 6, 2023 by one of the following options:

For registration, please visit Eventbrite or call the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Ashe County Center at 336-846-5850.

You will pay in person by cash or check the day of the class, but you must register by October 6 to reserve your spot as space is limited.


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.

Topics will include:

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