Ginseng Grower Resources

Ginseng growers face many challenges including:

  • the length of time it can take to produce a harvestable crop,
  • damage from slugs and deer and
  • a lack of readily available information on growing and producing ginseng.

In order to assist growers we've compiled a list of resources that may be useful in growing a succesful crop.



Persons, W. Scott, and Jeanine M. Davis. Growing & Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal & Other Woodland Medicinals. Asheville, NC:Bright Mountain Books, 2005

Persons, W. Scott, American Ginseng: Green Gold Revised Edition, Asheville, NC: Bright Mountain Books, 1994

Pritts, Kim D., Ginseng: How to Find, Grow, and Use America's Forest Gold, Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1995



University, Extension & Other ResourcesGinseng Plant

Forest Farming Resource Center

American Ginseng Production in Woodlots (PDF)

Economics & Marketing of Ginseng (PDF)

Alternative Field Crops Manual, Ginseng

Cultivation of Ginseng

Growing American Ginseng in Ohio: An Introduction (PDF)

Growing American Ginseng in Ohio: Site Selection (PDF)

Growing American Ginseng in Ohio: Site Preparation and Planting Using the Wild-Simulated Approach (PDF)

Growing American Ginseng in Ohio: Maintenance, Disease Control and Pest Management (PDF)

Growing American Ginseng in Ohio: Harvesting, Washing and Drying (PDF)

Producing & Marketing Wild Simulated Ginseng in Forest & Agroforestry Systems

Non Timber Forest Products, Ginseng (PDF)


Associations and Groups

Northwest Ginseng Growers Association

Ontario Ginseng Growers Association

Roots of Appalachia Growers Association

Associated Ginseng Growers of British Colombia


Government Agencies

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

US Fish & Wildlife Service

Maine Natural Areas Program, Rare Plant Factsheet, American Ginseng

New York Department of Conservation

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources