North Carolina
Marshall, NC

Frequently Asked Questions

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American Ginseng Suppliers:
             Q--  I'm interested in growing some American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and I am looking around for a good supplier. Please send me a flyer or a website address about your company, prices and success on your experience in growing ginseng.
             A--  That's us! We can provide you with all your needs. Our web address is www.ncgoldenseal.com. We also have a brochure, please send a SASE to Robert A. Eidus, 300 Indigo Bunting Lane, Marshall, NC 28753.

Ginseng Seed Availability and Cost:
             Q--  I need information on how to obtain ginseng seed, and how to grow ginseng.
             A--  Please check our price list for current prices. We have booklets on "How to Grow Ginseng" and "How to Grow Goldenseal".

Asian Ginseng seed (also know as Panax Ginseng):
             Q--  Do you sell Panax ginseng seed? If so, what do you charge for your smallest quantity?
             A--  We do not sell Panax ginseng at this time. We do not expect to get seeds as the Chinese control export.

Do you have Ginseng seeds:
             Q--  Do you have American Ginseng seeds?
             A--  Yes, we have stratified American Ginseng seeds. We do not sell green seeds. We now have a local mountain seed source. Sometimes we have seeds left from fall that we sell as sprouted seeds the first week in March.

Organic Ginseng Seeds:
             Q--  I am really anxious to know if you can get certified organic seeds?
             A--  No, we do not have a resource for certified organic ginseng seeds.

Do you buy Ginseng
             Q--  Are you interested in buying Ginseng?
             A--  Yes, we are a NC Licensed Ginseng Dealer. You will have to tell us what type of ginseng you are selling. We need to know if the ginseng is wild, woods-grown or cultivated. We do not buy cultivated or woods grown roots. We are  very interested in purchasing "green" or freshly dug organic ginseng roots. If you dry your own roots, it must be shade dried, not sun dried, quickly dried, or dried by dehydrator. The roots need to have the heads or necks, so we can check the age of the roots.

Do you buy Wild Ginseng:
             Q--  We got this "sang" in two harvests, in different years. We have dried it in the garage on some screens. We also have racks hanging from the ceiling. Would you be interested in buying any of it?
             A--  I usually do not buy any roots under 7 years old. From your email it sounds like you dried the "sang" right. However, you would need to come to Eagle Feather Organic Farm to sell your harvested ginseng.

Do you have Goldenseal Rootlets:
             Q--  I am interested in purchasing Goldenseal rootlets for planting this fall. If you have any to sell please contact me with a price and when it would be available.
             A--  Yes, we sell goldesnseal rhizomes. The fall planting down here starts just before the leaves fall, after Labor Day. Money orders, checks, etc. should be sent to us before September 1 to be sure we do not sell out.

Do you buy Goldenseal:
             Q--  Do you buy Goldenseal?
             A--  We do buy cultivated goldenseal. It needs to be "green" or freshly dug. If you want to sell goldenseal to us the best thing to do is bring it to Eagle Feather Farm. Clean roots bring the best prices. PLEASE check with us first to find out if we are still purchasing for the season.

Ginseng and Goldenseal Sale or Trade:
             Q--  Do you have plants for sale or trade?
             A--  Plants are available in the spring. Roots, rhizomes and seeds in the fall. They are for sale, but we sometimes trade.

Wildcraft Source ethics and your policies:
             Q--  Is your wildcraft source ethical -- are they careful about not destroying a whole stand, with no theft from growers?
             A--  Yes, our wildcrafting sources harvest in an ethical manner, except for ginseng. However, we do encourage ethical ginseng harvesting. We prefer people farm in the woods.

American Ginseng:
             Q--  Who buys American Ginseng?
             A--  Approximately 94-96% of all ginseng goes to Hong Kong each year. It's then distributed to the Chinese in the Pacific rim. The worst, with high residue of fungicide, is sold in American health food stores.
             1. I am trying to get Americans to use American organic ginseng.
             2. I have a program where small farmers are helped in raising "wild simulate" organic ginseng, so that American ginseng will be on almost all the farms in our area, plus in places we travel for herbal conferences and herb festivals.
             3. We travel to small farms for private land site evaluations for ginseng or goldenseal plantings. We do charge a fee for this service.
             4. We believe in deep ecology and agricultural sustainability, and we believe we are one of the good guys, helping to shed light on a very complicated issue.

Growing Ginseng in temperate climates:
             Q--  I live in Petaluma CA. The temperature is fairly mild Winter average 40-60, Summer 70-85 with a night time temp of 65 with some fog. Is this suitable for growing ginseng starting with 1 year old sprouts?
             A--  I do not have good news for growing ginseng in mild climates. Ginseng needs to freeze in the ground each year. We do not sell to Florida, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Southern California, Hawaii, or Alaska.

Growing Ginseng in the mountains:
             Q--  I'm interested in growing Ginseng in my garden. Are Denver winters too cold?
             A--  Ginseng likes to be frozen during the winter. However Colorado is usually too dry. Depending on the type of garden you have, or if you plan to grow the ginseng in the woods, it might work. You may have to water and mulch, which can be tricky.

Ginseng growing around trees:
             Q--  I am contacting you on behalf of my father, who is 86 and still gathering plants out of the woods! My Dad says "sang" likes Oaks, Hickory, and Chestnut trees. We planted some in my small patch of Maples and it didn't come up. He said it does not like Elms either. Is this correct?
             A--  Although your Dad may think ginseng likes "nutty" trees, i.e. Oak, Hickory and Chestnut, a Pennsylvania State study shows ginseng growing under the following trees: #1 Poplar, #2 Beech, #3 Maple, #4 Dogwood and #5 Oak.

Ginseng and Goldenseal growing mixture:
             Q--  Do you know how well ginseng and goldenseal will grow in a mixture of rabbit manure and oak leaf compost?
             A--  Just the soil mixture does not give us enough information for an answer. You need to discuss growing conditions. Are we talking about mono-culture with chemical sprays, or grown in community with other plants in a natural environment without chemical sprays? Or are we talking about a hybrid called "woodsgrown," where you grow it in the woods and spray it with chemicals? Please see soil requirements for more information.
             For the best information on soils, please visit
             Dr. Elaine Ingham's "Soil food web":   http://www.soilfoodweb.com
             TEA information:   http://www.growingsolutions.com     541-343-8272

I have Goldenseal Seeds:
             Q--  I have gallons of goldenseal seeds and don't know how to save them. Could you help me out?
             A--  In our opinion, Goldenseal seeds need to be planted the day they are harvested. If the seed dries out it is DEAD. Harvesting the seed is the easy part if you are faster than the turkeys, down here. Place your seeds in a stratification box and plant them in the late fall in beds.

For additional advice on goldenseal seed harvesting, cleaning, storage, and planting, order our brochure Growers Guide to Goldenseal, or our DVD, Growing Goldenseal.



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 This information provided by: 
North Carolina Ginseng & Goldenseal Company 
Robert A. Eidus, President 
300 Indigo Bunting Lane, Marshall, NC 28753 

(828) 649-3536 
robert@ncgoldenseal.com

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