Seedling: 1-leaf ginseng plant

Newly germinated seedlings have one leaf with 3 leaflets. They often stay this size for several years, although they may get taller, and leaflets may get larger. Prior to transitioning to the 2-leaf phase, 1-leaf plants may develop 5 leaflets. The progression to a 2-leaf phase is a reflection of site quality and cumulative stresses experienced by the plant.