Stratified hardy Panax Ginseng seeds Korea Ginseng Seeds
Ginseng (Panax quinquefolium) is most commonly propagated by seed. The seeds require special handling because, to germinate, they must first be subjected to a long period of storage in a moist medium with a warm/cold treatment; a process known as stratification. Because of this requirement, ginseng seed normally does not germinate until the second spring following harvest of berries in the fall. Commercial seed suppliers store seed for a year and then market it in the fall as stratified seed. Fall planted, stratified ginseng seed will usually emerge the following April to June. Fresh, non-stratified (green) ginseng seed may be planted immediately after harvest of the berries. It will stratify naturally in the seedbed over the next year and a half, although loss to rodents and disease may be quite high. Plant stands will be greater if fresh seeds are stored and stratified in a secure container and planted in a protected site a year later. Whether the seed is green or stratified, it should be carefully inspected when obtained. If the seeds are soft, moldy or discolored, return them to the supplier for replacement.