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(Ricinus communis) This giant castor bean will take center stage in any garden. Magnificent plants can grow over 15 feet in the first season, and the leaves can reach 3 feet across! A true monster that gets big in most climates and really huge in warm climates. Provides a quick, tropical-like shade. All parts of plant are poisonous.
100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.
6 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:
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My father grew these every year in Stockport, OH while I was growing up. He grew them on the south side of the house to create shade from the summer sun. It worked like magic. It was great shade for the house. They were just beautiful plants. They grew taller than our single story home every year. So glad to find these. As an adult it's been difficult to find the tall ones like 'Dad' grew. Looking forward to growing these this year.
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By Glory Mountain Farm
1 Dec 2012
7 out of 7 people found the following review helpful:
I have now grown these Castors for the last three years and I consistently get comments from guests and strangers about their exotic nature. I live near Lake Michigan and the plants love the partial shade where I plant them. They have consistently grown over 12' tall each year from seeds started outdoors...even with our short growing season. This is a must for someone looking for a great focal point and conversation piece.
By Ken Wolfe
9 Jan 2012
5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:
I bought seeds for these in 2011 and loved the results for those that I got to sprout. These seedlings have trouble casting off the spent seed pod. Perhaps nick the seeds before planting next time? Also, as another reviewer mentioned, part sun/shade is best. Under those conditions, my plants (that survived the sprouting process) got to easily 10' with leaves 30" across ~ would have gotten bigger if not for our first hard freeze last week. I will definitely order these seeds again.
17 Nov 2011
These plants are amazing. They made an excellent living privacy fence along our back patio.I planted groups of these in several locations. Most did poorly, only reaching 4 to 5 feet in height (!). The ones that did best, reaching about 10 feet, were in partial shade. They seemed to appreciate the break from afternoon heat. They also are tropical and need supplemental water. Those that did poorly baked in the sun and were too dry.Highly recommended with the caution to give them some relief from the heat and be sure to keep them watered.
11 Oct 2010
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