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Growing Ginseng - Medicinal Panax Ginseng Plants

Updated on December 3, 2012

If you've ever bought ginseng supplements for medicinal purposes, you will know how expensive they are.

Fortunately you can now buy the seeds of panax ginseng. If you want to learn more about growing your own panax ginseng plants and their medicinal uses, read on.

Panax ginseng grows wild in wooded, mountainous areas in the Orient, in rich humus moisture-retaining soil, where it is harvested for its root.

As a medicinal plant, its earliest mention in history spans an incredible 5,000 years. It has gained the highest possible reputation for promoting health and lengthening life.

It is held in such high regard, that fresh panax ginseng roots regularly sell for $500 or more each. No-one would pay that kind of money for a treatment that doesn't work!

Save yourself some money by growing your own from the panax ginseng seed which you can buy by clicking on the Amazon links in this page.

Asian Ginseng

  • Panax ginseng has been used as medicine in China from more than 5000 years
  • also known as Asian ginseng or Korean ginseng.
  • Ginseng is native to China, Russia, North Korea,Japan and South Korea
  • 25 seeds

Stratified Ginseng Seeds

  • American ginseng originates from the deciduous forests of North America
  • Now rated as highly as its Asian cousin
  • Must be refrigated until planting
  • Pre-Startified 15 Seeds
  • Instructions Included

Panax ginseng plant
Panax ginseng plant

Garden cold frames at Amazon

Growing Panax Ginseng

Panax Ginseng is a perennial plant reaching around 2' 6" in height. It is frost hardy down to USDA zone 6 and it prefers moist soil to grow in. It is not fussed about the alkalinity or heaviness of the soil and will grow in pretty much any so long as it is damp.

  • When you buy the seed, refrigerate immediately to lengthen the life of the seed.
  • Ideally ginseng seed is sown as soon it ripens on the plant, but obviously this is not possible when you buy seeds from a shop or online.
  • Prepare a bed for the seed made up of a rich humus that retains water, and place in a cold frame in a shady area.
  • Plant the seeds to their own depth in this soil and keep damp.
  • Panax ginseng seeds can be very slow and erratic to germinate, so give them plenty of time to come through.
  • When the seedlings develop their second set of leaves they can be carefully transplanted into individual pots and placed back in the shady cold frame or in a shaded part of the greenhouse where they should remain for at least their first winter.
  • Plant out into their permanent positions in a shady of wooded part of the garden in the autumn. Plants can be divided in spring.

As you grow on your panax ginseng plants, you will find that they are hermaphrodite and produce both male and female flowers which will self-fertilize.

You can save the seeds as soon as they are ripe, for growing more plants or giving to neighbours and friends.

The root is best harvested when the plant is 6 or 7 years old.

Panax ginseng root can be humanoid shaped
Panax ginseng root can be humanoid shaped

How Panax Ginseng got its name.

The name Ginseng is derived from the Chinese word that sounds like jen-shen, meaning 'image of man'.

This can be seen its roots, some of which can be very human-like in shape. In fact, the more humanoid the shape is, the more valuable the root!

Panax is derived from the Greek word 'Panakos' meaning panacea, which as we know is a cure-all.

So Panax Ginseng is well-named.

The other names of Panax Ginseng are:

  • Asiatic ginseng
  • Chinese ginseng
  • Guigai
  • Japanese Ginseng
  • Korean Red ginseng
  • Ninjin, Ren Shen
  • Panax schinseng
  • Red Ginseng
  • Seng
  • Oriental ginseng

so if you see those names anywhere, you will know that we are talking about the same plant.

panax gensing root
panax gensing root

Medicinal Benefits of Panax Ginseng

Panax gingseng is actually best prescribed for people over the age of 40. This age group will derive the greatest benefits from ginseng root.

Ginseng properties include:

  • stimulation and relaxation of the central nervous system
  • encourages the secretion of hormones
  • improves stamina
  • increases resistance to disease
  • lowers blood sugar and cholesterol
  • reduces debility caused by old age
  • increases appetite in those suffering from shock, stress or chronic illness

It is not recommended for use by:

  • pregnant women
  • those suffering from depression
  • acute anxiety
  • acute inflammatory disease
  • people under 40 years of age

The recommended treatment should not be taken for longer than 3 weeks at a time.

Sign of panax ginseng overdosage

  • headaches
  • restlessness
  • raised blood pressure

These are more likely to be evident if panax ginseng is taken with caffeine, alcohol and certain spicy foods.

If, after reading this, you really don't want to wait 7 years for the root to grow naturally, you can of course buy ready-prepared supplements of panax ginseng online.

Remember that the basis of all modern medicine has its roots in herbal plants, and while your doctor may well have a medicine for your complaints, the medication prepared by pharmaceutical companies always contain other substances which may or may not agree with you.

Try some panax ginseng supplements today, and if they works for you, then it may well be worth your time growing panax ginseng plants for future use.

Or starting a new market garden..

How to grow ginseng at home


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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      I think its just great that so many seeds are becoming available to the mass market, instead of just being kept by experts in the field.

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      chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

      What a thing to grow! Great idea, would never even have thought about ii. Thanks.

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      Do you find they help you Nan? If so, it would be well worth trying to grow your own. I don't think they would grow well here - think it is too hot and anyway the tap water kills a lot of plant because it is loaded with chemicals.

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      Nan 6 years ago

      Thanks. I would lie to grow my own. I now take tablets.