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Welcome to the 2020 Ginseng Prices Page. Be a good steward and there will always be American ginseng for future generations.

2020 Ginseng Prices

Since 2014, I’ve hosted a page at my website for diggers and dealers to discuss current ginseng prices. I’m not a digger or a buyer or dealer. Wild Ozark has a good deal of suitable habitat for this endangered plant, and we are the only certified nursery grower in Arkansas. In addition to growing starter plants, we also grow companions and keep a dedicated space to teach others about the plant, the habitat, and how to restore or identify proper habitat to grow and steward American ginseng. My main line of business is smashing rocks, though. I’m an artist who makes paints and pigments from the colors of the Ozarks.

Who and What this Page is For

This is the official kickoff for the 2020 Ginseng Prices. It’s for diggers and dealers to exchange information and comments, tips, etc. It’s not a useful page for those who wish to buy ginseng for personal use, as we are not discussing retail prices here, but trade/industry prices. If you’re looking for somewhere to buy wild American ginseng, and you’re NOT a digger, you’ll find some information at this page.


This year everyone is wondering how the global current events are going to affect the American ginseng trade and our 2020 ginseng prices. So far, I haven’t gotten any reports or tips. If you’ve heard news, please post it in the comments here and if you have sources to back it up, give a link to the article. If you’re a dealer, buyer, or digger, please leave comments to share whatever trade news you have from your part of the country. If you need buyer info, make sure you say at least what part of what state you’re in, because that matters. Don’t give out your home address. Email addresses are okay, though, and I have plugins on this site that should prevent scrapers from sending you spam. Buyers, feel free to list your contact info here, along with letting readers know what part of what state you’re in, too.

Current Events May Affect Ginseng Prices

I’d love to have some news to offer. If you have connections to information that will be interesting to readers, please share it. Recent events include the largest seizure of American ginseng in Hong Kong. This wasn’t the first seizure of the year, either. This may or may not have any impact. Covid-19, Hong Kong’s relationship with China, and global protests are other types of events that might impact prices and/or market. I am not connected to that end of the business enough to know anything any sooner than the rest of us will… namely, by seeing what the opening prices are and whether they go up or down after that point, lol.

So Here’s Kicking Off the 2020 Ginseng Prices Conversations…

Don’t be shy – go first if no one has commented yet. That’ll get others more likely to comment too.

31 thoughts on “2020 Ginseng Prices”

  1. Thanks for doing this, Madison! This is going to be an important year for ginseng, and your dedication to hosting a open and honest space for information and education is essential. Thanks for being a wonderful steward of ginseng and it’s communities! 🌱💚🌱

    1. Thanks Sara. You should leave a link where people can find your information, too. If I knew it off the top of my head I would… but I don’t, lol. Sorry!

      1. Madison my name is justin im wondering what the plant would look like if it were 50 to 100 years old and what the root would look like if the plant was that old…i have found a couple 4 prongs in my yard and also have a creek that has eroded with exsposing roots….ty. Very much…if you could aend me some pics would be awesome.

        1. Hi Justin, I wish I had a plant that old to send you a picture of it. The oldest one I’ve seen was around 25 years and the only difference between it and a younger one was the length of the neck where all the previous year stem scars were. I imagine that the roots themselves (at least around here) aren’t 50-year’s worth bigger than a 25-year old root but the neck would be a lot longer. And then also, where it grows makes a difference in the size of the root. In more soil and less rocks, I think they get a lot bigger. Sometimes a very old root may not be as big as a younger root, which I’m pretty sure depends on what kind of ground it’s growing in, too. Maybe someone out there will see this comment and have more to add to this, or correct me if I’m wrong. However, it’s also possible that your ginseng is not ginseng, and more likely not if you’re inexperienced in identifying it. It’s a tricky plant with a lot of look-alikes. You’re welcome to email me some pictures if you want to make sure: .

  2. Hello Madison. Thank you for all you do. Ginseng was very strong last season but by the second week of December the market went south. Several I know of are still holding inventory. The opening price in September will definitely be conservative. I’m anxious to buy bc that’s what I do. But at what price? Prolly $500 dry and $160 fresh but don’t hold me to that. Mainland China and Hong Kong are still not on the same page. Trumps trade war also has an affect. And worse yet is covid 19. I’ll update as I can but it’s hard to get a grip at this time. (Note added by Madison: Terry is an Indiana buyer and can be reached at ).

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  4. Hi everyone, this is John from New Jersey. I wanna buy some good quality fresh and dry Gingen, please contact me at 9179697857. Thanks

    1. Bradley T Carter

      I was wondering what you are paying for good ginseng most of my roots are over 50 year’s old and some more

      1. Hey bud I saw your post here on wild Ozark and I was just curious what state you’re digging your jin-sang in. Sounds like you got a hell of a pile! I’m from Northern West Virginia and this season was okay.

  5. Nookie Winchester from the roots of Kentucky..I have all the wild ginsang America needs an I’ll keep it until the price goes up. When u got 2oz an 3oz roots an buyers offer u 7 dollars an oz fresh dug I’ll continue letting it be wild an hope the birds eat good before I sell it that low. I mean just like anything soon as I was to sell some then they would be like I’ll give u 15an oz fresh. But any buyers looking for real wild big sang from ky just outside mammath cave Park itself get your money right an I’ll dig all u wanna buy I guarantee that. Family farm I’ve watch for 10 years an man as of September 4th 2020 u can’t take a step without stepping on some.

  6. Hello all. I have come across a lot of wild ginseng, and would like to know where in Arkansas I can legally sell it. Any buyers out there?

    1. Ginseng itself is gone, as in no one selling roots, or the market? Wow, that’s early in the season either way. Thanks for the update, Terry.

    1. Hi James. Offhand I don’t know any, but maybe someone reading this will give you a tip. If I get a chance tomorrow I’ll see if I can find more info for you.

  7. What are prices running around north west Georgia and is there a buyer in North West Georgia. We have 40 + year old ginseng we will be digging to remove for a building going up on our property. Let me know if your interested in green. Or we can dry it for you. Looking for highest paying buyer, we have a lot to sell.

    1. Hi there. Hopefully someone from the area will see your comment and reply with some tips for you. I’ll be making the 2021 Prices page here in the next day or two, and you’re welcome to comment on that page too, if you like. It takes a while before people start seeing it and commenting. One of the major buyers I know in Indiana may be out of the game this year, but I’ll try to find out. He does buy from out of state.

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