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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’ in the first season, and the leaves can reach 3’ across! A true monster that gets big in most climates and really huge in warm climates. Provides a quick, tropical-like shade. (Caution: All parts of the plant, including the seeds, are very poisonous. Do not take internally. Skin contact may cause dermatitis in sensitive individuals.)
 
Giant Zanzibariensis - Castor Bean
Overall Rating:
         
5.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 9
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 3.5

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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Nickname:
Tabacum
Location:
Mantua, OH, United States
Date:
September 27, 2017
          5.0
 
Great tropical annual
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Great back of border plant..

What are the cons? none

Review:

Have a collection of various castor beans...this one produced limited seed pods in three plants..Last to mature of castor beans...stalks got thick and strong enough to save like bamboo stalks'..will dry stalks and use as trellises for next summer..

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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6 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
AZ Silvia
Location:
Tempe, AZ, United States
Date:
February 14, 2017
          5.0
 
Giant quick shade plant
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Fast growth, shade, tropical

What are the cons? Birds and bugs eat them

Review:

I had 100% germination. These are supposed to be toxic but over half my seedlings were devoured by bugs and birds before they got over 6 inches tall. Full sized plants still get munched on by birds in the upper leaves or pill bugs on any leaves within reach of the soil. Seedlings are heat and drought sensitive with their giant leaves so keep moist but well drained. These like water, especially in our scorching 115F summers. People use these plants here in the Phoenix area to shade tender tropical plants like baby mangos, avocados and loquats from intense heat and to help create a sheltered microclimate for frost protection in winter.These giant castors excel at almost instant shade and shelter for smaller plants. The biggest leaves are a yard across like beautiful green umbrellas, amazing! Heavily mulching the soil with wood chips, leaves, straw etc. will help keep the roots cool and help build rich soil. In my zone they are usually perennial unless we get a hard winter.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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19 out of 20 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
mcampbell
Location:
Pendleton, OR
Date:
November 29, 2014
          5.0
 
Great for shade
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Perfect shade plant

What are the cons? None

Review:

I started these about six weeks before last frost in standard gallon pots, then planted next to our home on the sunny side of the house. They loved the heat, and didn't require too much water. Plants were at 15 feet and above the edge of the roof by the end of August.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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11 out of 12 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Lynn
Location:
Holladay, UT
Date:
November 17, 2014
          5.0
 
Superb Service and Product
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 3.5
 

What are the pros? Grows fast...

What are the cons? Not much...

Review:

I ordered Castor Beans from Baker Creek. Unfortunately the Post Office destroyed the first two shipments. Baker Creek was happy to replace each bad shipment. I have been growing castors for many years. I like the fact that these plants make me feel like I live in the tropics... if only for a short time. These seeds provided the largest, sturdiest plants I have ever grown. The largest reached in excess of 12 feet. I look forward to buying more products from Baker Creek.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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12 out of 13 people found the following review helpful:

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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