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Castor Bean

Syracuse, NY

This plant has been in the news again. Has anyone stopped growing it? If so, why? What dangers/precautions have you noted in your personal experience with castor bean?

Thanks

Grayson

Menifee, CA(Zone 9a)

as long as it continues to get rid of gophers i will continue to have it. i do wear gloves and a mask when crushing the seeds and wash thouroughly when done.

columbia, TN(Zone 7a)

I love castor beans, mostly for the foliage, they stand out in my northern gardens like tropicals. I do wash my hands after handling the seeds, have been planting them for many years. What was in the news?

Syracuse, NY


NPR (National Public Radio) had a segment on arrests in England, where the growers were suspected of producing ricin. I believe you can go to the NPR website to hear a rebroadcast. Lots of people were interviewed (including gardeners).

I grew them last year, and they were spectacular. I saved seeds, but I'm not sure I will replant this year. I can't think of anything as exotic looking - cannas and elephant ears don't get tall enough to have the same impact.


Grayson

Springfield, IL(Zone 6a)

I am DYING for Castor seeds! I was at a historical site last year and want to copy a planting they did (based on some historical docs they found) using Castor plants. Where did you guys find the seeds?

The only thing I know is that the seeds are poisionous and used to make ricin. I just want to plant them because they are stunning. I don't harvest poppy seeds, either! :)

Menifee, CA(Zone 9a)

susie-are you interested in any particular variety?

Springfield, IL(Zone 6a)

I have to admit my ignorance here... I'll find the sheet I got from the historical Master Gardener and see if the variety is on it. The plants were about 10' high and a dark chocolately red. I have to find out what one of the ringing plants was as well- even she didn't know. I told her that I knew a place (DG) where there would be someone would be able to figure it out. I'll try to find the sheet tonight. :)

Menifee, CA(Zone 9a)

i have a few different ones, but not sure about the names, do better with a pic of the leaves/flowers

columbia, TN(Zone 7a)

I have seeds dmail me.

Everett, WA(Zone 8a)

Susie,

New Bee seeds has Castor Beans that might be this, but what exact variety or form I can't say.

Castor Bean
Ricinus communis
Family Euphorbiacea


4'-6' tall, 3' - 4' spacing
grown for red or red & green foliage.
red blooms late Summer to Early Fall

tender perennial as Annual [TP Zone 9a-11] reseeds
poisonous beans
full sun, drought tolerant
direct sow after frost or start 3 weeks early in individual pot
Seed does not store well. Sow as soon as possible,
soak 2-3 hours


Corey

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