Ginseng, fungicides, and an organic alternative

In the world, fungicides have been really
misused because people, especially in America that use it under shade cloth, they sell it
to the Hong Kong Chinese and they’re growing it for only three or four years. They’re not growing it out the full seven
years that it needs to grow to get the full complement. The fungicides that are used are chemical
and they’re not good for humans. They don’t regulate the residues coming into
the country and they don’t regulate residues in the country. It’s kind of this area that you have to be
expert in growing that you even know about it. There’s lots of disconnect between the growers,
the middlemen, and the sellers and consumers. And the consumers really don’t understand. If they understood how the plant is grown
and what is put on the plant, then they would understand that the branding that all ginseng
is the same ginseng and that, in reality, you have two different products. One comes three years old, has lots of fungicides
in it; the other has no fungicides in it and has to a minimum of seven years old to have
full complement. They’re two different products that are called
ginseng but they’re different. Almost every health food store in America
has bad ginseng – residues of fungicide in their ginseng and they sell it because if
they got a good root, and you can tell a difference between a fungicide root and a non-fungicide
root; a wild root and a cultivated root and people pay a lot of money for good ginseng
and there’s not a lot of it. We here in America could be growing for our
brothers and sisters in the Asian Pacific Rim and have a lot of income if we just got
under control the poaching area and all the myths that are associated with ginseng. We did a SARES study in 2000 and we were using
goldenseal washes. So a fungus comes for ginseng in like five
different forms. Some of them are in the soil. Some of them are air born. So in the soil we would use goldenseal washes
to get the fungus out when we put the ginseng seeds in. We take roots or rhizomes of the goldenseal
and we put hot water on them and we get a concentrate and then we put them into watering
cans and we add water to them. It’s a concentrate tea. Sometimes we put the tea out for a day in
the sun but then it breaks down and now you have the goldenseal as a wash, or what I call
a wash in a watering can and you wash down the soil and then you put your ginseng in. For the aerial parts we’ve been using horsetail
and the biodynamic horsetail that’s made up in Virginia, very inexpensive. The negative to that is that every time it
rains, you need to come back and put on horsetail. There are a number of antifungal herbs that
we have not even bothered to research. There’s a number of ways of doing it without
poisoning the plant but the regulations don’t even slap you on the wrist for poisoning the
plant. They just don’t tell anybody about it.


  1. Hi sir : I've problem with new seedlings from nursery , when I buy them they look good , but after
    a while they dying cause of roots rot , how I can fix that and a void it happen again ?

  2. Thank you for this upload. I have gained a lot more knowledge from your videos and appreciate you taking the time to upload them!

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