Gibsonii Castor Bean– 10 Seeds

Castor plants were introduced to English gardens in the 16th century.  A rapidly growing ornamental, it can reach anywhere from 6-8 feet.  It has a tropical feel and appearance. Large dramatic looking foliage with a bronze, reddish appearance.  The seed pods turn very bright scarlet red.  An annual plant.

Castor Bean seeds can be started indoors 6 – 8 weeks before the last frost date  It is recommended to soak the Ricinus seeds for 24 hours in water to help break the seed coat. Cover the seed with 1/4 inch of soil and keep moist. Grow the plant in full sun and in soil that is rich and has been amended with organic matter. Care of the Gibson Castor Bean plant would include staking the plant if needed, trimming the faded flowers to produce new blooms, and fertilizing every month

 NOTE: All parts of the plant, including the seeds, are poisonous. Eating the seeds may be fatal. This plant is not recommended if you have small children.  

Ricinus Communis