Ginseng is a valuable herb and is used throughout the world for everything from aphrodisiacs and stimulants to muscle relaxants and diabetes treatments. The herb can fetch high dollars. The downside to growing Ginseng is that it takes years to grow and harvest. Ginseng needs 70-80% shade and a moist but well drained soil. Ginseng is a great plant to grow in a raised bed.
Dried ginseng roots are a valuable crop you can grow yourself with a little patience and care. Although it takes some time to get the plants going, homegrown ‘wild' ginseng has more value and character than cultivated roots. Ginseng is one of the world’s most popular herbal remedies. Both American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and Asian ginseng (P. ginseng) have been used for everything from aphrodisiacs and stimulants to muscle relaxants and diabetes treatments; their use throughout history is renowned.
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