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.
I’m still waiting on a few buyers to volunteer some forecasts for the buying season. In the meantime, please leave your comments, tips, and contact information in the comments below. If you get info on the 2021 ginseng prices in your neck of the woods, share it too.
If you’re a buyer and would like to be listed here, leave your info in the comments below and I’ll move it up here as soon as I get a chance. This list is for information purposes only. If you’re a digger, or someone who wants to buy ginseng for personal use and want my personal recommendations, please ?subject=ginseng buyers">email me. If I don’t have an established rapport with a dealer in your state, I’ll try to find the listings of buyers in your state for you.
Remember, digging season doesn’t open until Sept. 1, check the laws for age in your state (it’s 5 years here in AR), and remember to plant any berries you find back in the place where the mother plant was. Our plants dropped their berries weeks ago now, so it’s unlikely any will be on the plants out here. Some states (I think MO) requires you to leave the tops attached so the plants can be inspected before you sell them. If any of you out there reading this know the details, or other states with rules like this, please comment below.
While I’m not sure about what the future holds for 2021 ginseng prices, I did hear that goldenseal root (dry) was going for good prices. Mills Ginseng is paying $65/lb on clean, dry goldenseal root, with no stem and $70/lb on 100+ lb lots. His email address is if you have some to sell in Arkansas and Missouri.
Wild Ozark Ginseng Habitat Nursery
If you’d like to restore some habitat for ginseng and want to add some companion plants to the mix, I’ll have some available next season (goldenseal maybe in October). I’d let my nurseryman’s license expire, but now it’s renewed. I’ve always had the ginseng nursery license though, and that will hopefully always be the case.
What’s available now: 2021 Ginseng Prices (first year seedlings)
I probably have about 50, maybe 100 seedlings left. These are first year, so next year when they come up, they’ll be 2nd year. Mail orders start going out in October, payments to reserve them now. Shipping is free, rootlets are $3/ea. I may have some goldenseal bare-root plants but I’ll have to go out and make sure that bed is still doing alright. It’s a bit of a hike out to it, and with the higher prices on them, someone might have gotten into it. I’ll be moving some closer to the Habitat Nursery this fall, though, so that won’t be such an issue going forward.