Gardening

How to grow your own Ginseng in an organic way and take advantage of its medicinal properties

The power of Ginseng ( Panax ginseng ) is known to all . It is a natural remedy used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine that they used because it served to “cure everything” thanks to the multitude of medicinal properties it possesses.

It is capable of fighting and eliminating anemia, acne, dermatitis, tiredness and fatigue, stress, mild depression, type II diabetes, fibromyalgia, insomnia, stimulates the immune system, fever, flu, hypertension, infections, improves memory, retention of liquids, favors concentration, neutralizes the growth of cancer cells and degenerative diseases in general.

How to grow Ginseng

Ginseng is a perennial wild plant that you can grow from the sowing of seeds or from the roots . This second option will give much faster results. The roots should be planted whole, without cutting them, and the best time to do this is spring, before the shoots emerge. Another time when the roots can be planted is in autumn, when all the fruits (some red berries) have fallen. If you buy seeds, keep in mind that these usually take a year to sprout, before it must go through a process called stratification. In some places you can find the seeds that have already gone through this process and will take much less time to sprout.

To sow the seeds we will do it at the beginning of autumn by direct sowing in the ground. First, aerate the soil well and make a hole and introduce the seed, cover with about 5 cm of humus and add on top some leaves (mulch), to simulate the growth process that would continue to reproduce in the wild.

Ginseng prefers soils with a pH between 5.6 and 6, otherwise it may not develop properly. It does not like clay soils and they must allow good water drainage, something very important that you must take into account when growing ginseng.

It does not tolerate heat very well and prefers semi-shade, so it will grow very well in a place in the shade of trees or shrubs focused to the north or east.

It always needs to have a certain degree of humidity, so we will monitor the watering, especially in summer to prevent it from drying out.

Harvest: if the development has been correct, at 5 years we can begin to harvest the roots, but otherwise it may take up to 10 years to obtain results. The plant will have a height of 1/2 meter. It is a crop that requires patience. The good thing is that it does not need constant maintenance and care. To remove the root, dig carefully so as not to damage any of the roots, remove the ones that you see larger and leave the rest. Wash and dry the roots you have harvested in the shade. Wash them again, although not vigorously, as many of their medicinal benefits are found in the small roots and you could lose them. We just wash it enough to remove any dirt. Let it dry in a dark and well-ventilated place. Avoid using metal utensils, opt for wood.

How to take Ginseng

Grated or ground is added to sweet dishes as a final touch.

Making infusions with a piece of dried root

You can also add it to vegetable shakes and milk that you make.

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