A High Value Crop with Long Term Potential!
There are very few high value specialty crops that have better long-term profit potential than American Ginseng, the medicinal herb of many uses. Translated from the Chinese, ginseng means “man shaped root”.
For thousands of years, the Chinese have used ginseng to treat a wide variety of diseases, increase vitality and help the body ward off illnesses. In the past few years, judging from the prices paid for harvested roots, the demand is growing, as more people discover this healing herb. This growing demand means new growers can expect to generate a good income from selling seeds, rootlets and mature roots.
Growers can make a solid income from even a small space, as well. For example, a half-acre planted in ginseng will start producing seeds in the third year. Seed production will be small that year, typically around twenty pounds for a half-acre. The fourth year, you can expect around fifty pounds of seed, then one hundred pounds or more in the fifth and sixth year.
Seed is currently selling for $150 to $200 a pound. In the sixth year, a half-acre should produce about five hundred pounds of roots, which are selling for $400 to $500 a pound, depending on the quality. In fact, several growers received over $700 per pound for their wild-simulated ginseng this season. For another source of supplemental income, many growers plant a portion of their seed just to grow two or three year old rootlets for resale. These small roots can also be quite profitable, currently selling for $2 to $3 each!
At the current prices, a half acre garden could produce $100,000 worth of seeds and roots over a six year period, or over $16,000 per year. As any ginseng grower will tell you, that beats growing potatoes by a country mile!
American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) is native to the eastern half of the United States and Canada. It is found growing wild on the shady forest floor under a hardwood tree canopy. It’s hard to spot in the wild, blending in well with other foliage until fall, when the leaves turn yellow and the bright red berries are hard to miss.
Traditional Asian medicine considers American ginseng to be “Yin” or calming. “Yin” ginseng is thought by traditional Asians to reduce the heat of the digestive and respiratory systems. Because of this, American ginseng is preferred by consumers in warmer regions of Asia, as it is believed to “cool” systems and act as an all-purpose tonic.
Just what a beginner needs to get started growing, including what not to do! I used one of the seed suppliers listed in this book, and saved about 5X the cost of the book. Now I can put that shady patch of woods behind the house to profitable use. Tom Shaw
Researchers have found that ginseng can help boost the immune system, reduce cholesterol, strengthen the nervous system and increase blood circulation to the brain, which can improve memory and concentration.
History of American Ginseng
American ginseng is one of the most widely-known medicinal plants in America since early European settlers discovered it almost three hundred years ago. In 1715, a Jesuit missionary living among the Mohawk tribe in Canada sent samples of the root to another Jesuit missionary in China, where the herb has been used for thousands of years. And so began the export trade for American ginseng.
By 1776, the export of American ginseng was well established, and helped finance the American revolution. In 1775, sailing ships bound for China were leaving Boston harbor loaded with over fifty tons of ginseng in the hold! George Washington, in his diaries, wrote of encounters with mule trains in his native state of Virginia, loaded with ginseng, heading for the ginseng exporters in Boston.
Even before ginseng was re-discovered by the newcomers, it was widely used by the Indian tribes for a variety of medicinal uses. The root was chopped, boiled and given to babies for colic. Ground ginseng was used for asthma and upset stomach. Ginseng tea was used as an all-purpose tonic by many tribes. The tribes also profited from the export trade, gathering the valuable ginseng roots in the forest and selling them to roving traders.
Today, ginseng is hard to find in the wild, and wild-harvested ginseng is strictly regulated by the states where it is found, and the U.S. government, to prevent over-harvesting. As a result, almost all the American ginseng sold today is cultivated by growers. Demand and prices are rising steadily, and have doubled in the last few years. That’s good for new growers, as the demand for high-quality ginseng is expected to exceed supply for years to come.
If you’re like most growers, you have a day job and limited free time, so ginseng could be a great cash crop for you, as it only requires a few hours a week. Using the recommended methods in this guidebook, you’ll be able to get started with just a few hundred dollars and a few gardening hand tools.
What’s In The Book
Here are just a few of the growing secrets you’ll learn in Growing Ginseng For Profit:
- Three affordable ways to grow ginseng on a budget.
- How much shade is needed to grow ginseng.
- Spacing recommendations for planting ginseng seed.
- The planting method that can double, even triple root prices.
- How to sell ginseng seed and rootlets so you have income every year.
- Why planting rootlets may be better, even though they cost more.
- Four simple steps to stratify your seed.
- Use this new affordable seeder to plant an acre in just a day. No bending over either!
- Why you should avoid fertilizing your ginseng plants.
- Make $5,000 a year with just 6 raised beds in your backyard.
- Best time to harvest ginseng roots.
- The safe way to dry ginseng roots for highest prices.
- State-by-state sources for registered ginseng buyers.
Lots of useful information packed into this book, and all easy to understand and use. After reading the book, I was able to pick the best growing method for my land, and plant the first year’s seeds the correct way. Chris Marcus
Growing Ginseng For Profit covers all the essentials you’ll need to take your new garlic business from startup to profitable. You’ll find helpful information on:
- How to set up your growing area for maximum yield.
- Pest protection -what works and what doesn’t.
- Reliable sources for disease-free stratified seed when you’re just starting out.
- Resources for ginseng growers – forums, books, regulations and tools.
Order Now and Start Growing!
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Growing Ginseng For Profit is an eBook, delivered to you as an instant download to your computer so you can read it within minutes of placing your order. If you prefer a printed copy, you can print the book. No printer? No problem. Just have a friend or local copy shop print it for you.
If you decide the book is not right for you, just let us know within 30 days, and you’ll get a full, prompt refund. The ginseng business is thriving, and there has never been a better time to start growing ginseng. Each chapter is full of useful information, helpful advice and tips from ginseng pros. In addition, a chapter of hard-to-find resources helps ensure your success.
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