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Giant Zanzibariensis - Castor Bean (20 seeds) (FL281) $3.50
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Giant Zanzibariensis - Castor Bean

         
 
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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.

 
Giant Zanzibariensis - Castor Bean
Overall Rating:
         
5.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 5
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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Nickname:
bamboochik
Location:
southern, AL
Date:
October 8, 2014
          5.0
 
Tropical Giants
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Beautiful, tropical looking

What are the cons? POISONOUS!

Review:

I've been growing these for 4 decades in the deep south, they get 20-25 feet for me here. The best soil produces the best plants.. I soak my seeds overnight before planting directly where they are to grow. Mulch well and don't let soil dry out. Use organic fertilizers like worm castings manure tea, compost, etc. I also put a couple drops of Bach Rescue Remedy in their water during the hot, summer days here. Does them well. Seeds will explode everywhere so cut off the flowers if you have children or pets around them. One of the most deadly poisons in the world!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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6 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Glory Mountain Farm
Date:
December 1, 2012
          5.0
 
Grown Yearly as a child
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

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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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7 out of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Ken Wolfe
Date:
January 9, 2012
          5.0
 
Tropical Addition to a Midwest Garden
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

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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.

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5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
KeyWee
Date:
November 17, 2011
          5.0
 
Loved these
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

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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.

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8 out of 9 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Unknown
Date:
October 11, 2010
          5.0
 
Fantastic!
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

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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.

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