This Jatropha podagrica that I got last year is doing really well this spring. The biggest leaf is almost 5 inches across. Hope the newer ones get that big too.
NancySLAZ, very nice plant. Mine have been transplanted and are coming out of dormancy slowly. They plants are kept out doors under the trees for the summers and they do really well, then come inside during winter, the ones that get more sun make the leaves get a red tint to them under the trees.. the hummers pollinate the flowers and I've gotten seeds from these every year, something that just thrills me to death when I see the pods. Make sure you have humming bird feeders out if you want seeds, or hand pollinate. I don't know how they do that with such tiny flowers. I lost two last year and have two left.. Anyway, the leaves will get bigger and don't forget to fertilize, they love it. I use fish emulsion on all the fat plants and cactus.
Thanks for the info on this plant. I didn't fertilize it but I will today! Mine is on a patio and shaded most of the time. I don't know if it will flower or not. I'm could move it to some sun in the morning. I've been afraid because in Phoenix the sun is so intense and I am afraid the leaves will burn.
Don't put it in full sun it will definitely burn, put it under a tree with dappled shade/full shade, they love that.
In my hurry to empty my winter plant room for the return of son #1 from college, I misplaced my Jatrophas.
I just last night found them in my wifes changing room where everything has a plastic coating of hairspray too thick to scrape off.
They were a little emaciated but had leaves and were yelling to b put outside lol!!
I think once established they are quite hardy.
I fully expected to find them dead.
I hadnt watered them in 2 months!
I love this plant!!