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Other Botanicals

Numerous other products can be grown and sold successfully with a bit more creativity in marketing. Unlike ginseng and goldenseal, which have a fairly well-established group of licensed brokers, many other botanicals are more difficult to market.

Difficulty in marketing does not make these herbs less attractive to the grower to approach cultivation with much more care. Numerous botanicials have current market potential. For forest cultivation, these include but are in no way limited to:

  • Black cherry bark
  • Black Cohosh root
  • Bloodroot root
  • Mayapple root
  • Pipsissewa plant
  • Rose hips
  • Sarzaparilla root
  • Slippery elm bark
  • Teaberry plant
  • White oak bark

Profit yielded from forest cultivation of many botanical products can vary tremendously, depending in the plant, its success and its market. Many products, like mayapple root for example, have good demand and easy cultivation, but very low price. Others, like wild ginger, have good demand and good price, but uncertain cultivation techniques. Selection of a potential crop should not occur without substantial research in the cultivation techniques and multiple calls to potential brokers. Entering any business activity is risky, going in with your eyes open increases your chances of success.

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