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9/15/2002 9:46:00 PM
Growing Ginseng

Im interesting in growing ginseng hydroponicly. I have found little information about it and was wondering if anyone knew anything about it, or growing large root herbs in general hydro wise.
1. Is there a brand and type of nutrient that would be best.
2. How big of a pump would i need for a four in, by 4 foot pcv pipe.
Any information at all would be a great help.
Thanks - Alex
The Green Thumbs
9/16/2002 10:31:00 AM
Re: Growing Ginseng

Growing anything hydroponically is possible. You just have to have the right system to accommodate the plant. In your case, you will need a system with big enough pots to house the root mass. As for a growing medium, I would suggest a mix of 1/3 LECA stone, and 2/3 coconut fiber. A normal mix of stone and fiber would be 50/50, but for large root mass plants, you should always cut down the stone amount to allow for better root movement. One word of warning though: If you use coconut fiber, the chance of you getting fungus gnats greatly increase. It's an easy fix though. If you put a layer of about 1-2 inches of stone on top of your fiber, this will deter the gnats from ever wanting to live in your system. Let us know how everything turns out for you. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
The Green Thumbs
9/16/2002 10:33:00 AM
Re: pump and nutrients

As far as nutrients go for your ginseng, a good organic solution such as Age Old Organics would suit you just fine.<br><br> For a 4ft pipe, you would achieve great results with around a 200-250 gallon per hour pump.
12/14/2002 11:13:00 AM
Re: Growing Ginseng

I am also interested in growing Ginseng in a hydroponic environment. In the wild Ginseng usually takes 3 years to reach cultivation size. It is also grown in shady areas like forest and artificial shade. How would artificial lighting effect the growth and how much lighting would be necessary?

The Green Thumbs
12/16/2002 11:12:00 AM
Re: Growing Ginseng

Honestly, hydroponic ginseng is a hard to find topic on the internet. This includes finding the light requirements. Ginseng needs approx. 75% shade, along with relatively low temperatures during its slow growing cycle. If you were to use artificial lighting, you will definitely have to use a low wattage, and probably create some artificial shade. I don't know what the actual lumen requirements for ginseng is, but I do know that a 175w MH light produces 15,000 lumens. I would have to imagine a 100w MH light would produce about 10k-12k lumens. Hopefully I gave you some useful information. Indoor ginseng is still a very new process, and a lot of scientific information is not yet available. If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask.
matt ianman
3/22/2004 10:12:00 PM
Re: Growing Ginseng

how much are artificial shade nets prices for outdoor plants which keep out the sun in direct sunlight artifial shade
9/12/2004 5:00:00 AM
Re: Growing Ginseng

Some good info here, but it still looks like world is new to growing ginseng hydroponicly. I think anyone doing this now would be the pioneers of the future. I'm going to give it a go.

Aaron Bartell
3/14/2005 6:38:00 PM
Re: Growing Ginseng

I'm glad I ran across this forum.. I myself am interested in hydroponically growing ginseng, and am curious about it's commercial potential. I was thinking more along the lines of aeroponically growing it as this form is more conducive to the root environment of the plant. Recently I've been experimenting with a nebulizer for the dispursement of nutrient in growing sage (Salvia officinalis), but my concern with ginseng is whether or not the plants can be grown dramatically faster and be capable of harvesting root, while retaining the host plant for future growth/harvest. If anyone has any ideas please respond/email me.
Andrew Arner
8/31/2005 10:00:13 AM
Information on Hydroponics

Hi my name is andrew and I go to Fair Grove H.S. in Missouri. I was wondering if you would please send me info on hydroponics. We are doing a sciencefair project on hydroponics. I would be very appreciatve of any info.
Thank You
Andrew Arner
9/1/2005 9:01:44 AM
Re: Growing Ginseng


Try here for hydroponic info:

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