Castor Bean – Tips for a Successful Garden Series

Todays writing is on the Castor Bean plant, a very showy and majestic plant that in tropical and subtropical regions can grow to be up to 40 feet tall. Where we are located here in Wisconsin it will grow to be 10 to 15 feet tall , and it will grow fast. It has been referred to the “Wonder Tree”

As with most plants there are different varieties , heights , colors and so on. Choose the one that will work best for your situation. You can grow Castor Beans in containers , but if you choose the larger variety you best have a big container. The Castor Bean likes a sunny spot that is out of the heavy wind areas and a loose , rich soil , that is where you will have the best result. Whether you grow your Castor Bean in a container or decide to plant directly in the ground it needs to be watered regularly and fed with a all purpose liquid plant food an a regular basis, We recommend  “Watch Us Grow” all purpose liquid plant food every 10 to 14 days at a rate of 1 ounce to 1 gallon of water.

If you are one to propagate your own plants, one good tip for growing Castor Beans is to file the thick end of the seed before planting. This will help the seed get moisture more quickly and sprout.

As beautiful as the Castor Bean plant is it’s seeds are very poisonous, each capsule has 3 bean shaped seeds which contain a highly toxic chemical called “Ricin”.  Keep your children away from these seeds. But there is away to prevent these seeds from appearing. Simply pinch off the seed capsules when they are small and they won’t grow to maturity where they are dangerous.

This plant will be quite a showpiece in your yard , enjoy it during the growing season because the first frost will kill it, and after that dig it up and add it to your compost pile.



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