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Old 07-28-2014, 08:44 AM
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TalkingGrowing Castor Bean plants


Does anyone else love castor bean plants?


Please feel free to discuss growing methods or show pictures of your castor bean beauties here as well. I'd just love to get a look at the varieties other people are growing.


I recently ordered a few new varieties (seeds) that will arrive shortly.


Here this morning is my germinating purple castor bean seedling....




Reminds me of a pink flamingo!


It's about to lift up and grow some leaves!


This particular seedling is being raised for one of my girlfriends but I will continue to show it as it develops. I will also be germinating some of my new varieties when they arrive so I'll be showing ongoing pictures in this thread.



Note: Castor bean plants are highly toxic and so are the seeds. Caution should be used around children and pets.


Did you know that castor bean plants can make amazing houseplants? Yes, they can. Most animals avoid them and instinctively know they are not edible.....and older children can be educated about them.


Most people here in London, grow them as front lawn specimens. The flowers and seedpods are extremely ornamental....not to mention the gorgeous leaves!!!


Looking forward to reading about other people's experiences with this wonderful and exciting plant.



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Old 07-28-2014, 08:52 AM
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yes they are very pretty plants and my husband has decided it would not hurt to put some outside in the yard for ornamental reasonsHollyberry do you still mammoth pink chrysanthemums outside and the dwarf pink canna white swan coneflowers still growing outside
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:38 AM
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Tell your husband too Raccoon, that he can collect and save seeds from his plants for next season.


The flowers and seedpods are gorgeous. Can't wait to see some again soon.


Also, castor bean plants grow rapidly. There's no waiting around when it comes to these reliable plants. I'm looking forward to watching one grow again from a seedling.
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:45 AM
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we do not have any this year as we gave them all away as he was afraid of them as they said it was very poisonous so he had me give them all way and then we got to reading more on them and decided they would be okay for out in the yard too late when we gave them all up but that is okay they all got good homes where they was really wanted and needed all good
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Well I can change that very soon...I'll send ya a few seeds.
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Old 07-28-2014, 10:11 AM
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Raccoon, I feel bad I took the rest of your castor beans.
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Old 07-28-2014, 10:19 AM
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She'll have more soon so don't worry, Gardennerd.
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Old 07-28-2014, 11:14 AM
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do not feel sad because when i sent them he did not want them and said to ship them out to you but has since decided he might like a few so do not feel bad about it everything is cool
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Ok
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Old 07-28-2014, 11:54 AM
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do you by any chance want some big orange and two tone marigold seed to plant
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Old 07-28-2014, 12:29 PM
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Hon I will absolutely plant anything and everything at least once. so sure! Would you like some candy cane zinnia seeds?
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Old 07-28-2014, 12:41 PM
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yes some candy cane zinnia seeds sounds like they would be very pretty and will send you some marigold seed and some little orange habanero seed
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In just a few short hours, it's raised it's cute little self up!





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yes and looks like the one is trying very hard to catch up
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Old 07-28-2014, 02:20 PM
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Yes, it is Raccoon...





Castor beans are dramatic plants and even the way they germinate is dramatic too. Just love these guys.

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