I am a bit confused on the rules regarding plant size when harvesting ginseng. For the first time since purchasing my land 13 years ago, I am considering harvesting some ginseng I am finding on the property. The rules printed in the hunting book which comes out annually states that the plant must have 3 prongs and fruits or 4 internodes on the rhizome. I understand the rhizome bit, but not sure on the the prongs. I have seen where the leaves are known as prongs. Does the 3 prong statement refer to 3 sets of leaves (15 total) or just 3 leaves? Almost all the ginseng I see only has 2 sets (10 leaves). According to laying down and looking at the rhizomes, I find these to be about 5 to 10 years old, yet only 2 sets of leaves.