How to Plant Sprouted Ginseng Seeds in Spring


Ginseng has gained wide popularity as a way to boost energy without caffeine and to alleviate stress. The plant has become rare in the wild because of over-harvesting. You can grow your own ginseng so you have it available when you need it, or to sell it on the market. It is not unusual for ginseng seeds to sprout before they are planted. Ginseng is most often stored in moist soil and kept cool in a refrigerator, which may cause the seeds to sprout. Sprouted seeds can still be planted without complications in the spring.

Step 1

Begin planting in May by adding rich compost evenly through the top 6 inches of soil in the area where you would like to plant your ginseng. Add gypsum to fortify the soil with calcium sulfate. Make sure your soil has good drainage for your sprouted seed.

Step 2

Rake back any leaves around your planting site, and remove other vegetation and large rocks so that the soil is even.

Step 3

Plant your sprouted seeds by digging a 1/4 inch deep hole and placing 1 sprouted seed in the hole. Cover it with soil and space each plant 6 inches apart.

Step 4

Rake fallen leaves or add 2 inches of straw over your planted area as mulch to protect your seedlings when they emerge.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Gypsum
  • Rake
  • Mulch (dead leaves or straw)


  • Department of Environmental Conservation: Ginseng Growing
  • North Carolina State University: Care and Planting of Ginseng Seed and Root
  • Ginseng Seed: Ginseng Growing Instructions
Keywords: growing ginseng, harvesting ginseng, stratifying ginseng

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Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Robin Coe has reported on a variety of subjects for more than 15 years. Coe has worked on environmental health and safety issues in communities across Ohio and Michigan. Coe holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a double-major in international politics from Bowling Green State University. She has also received training and experience as a nurse aide.