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Castor Bean

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An Excellent Screen

A fast-growing privacy screen! Grows 10-12 ft.tall with gigantic veined leaves. Prefers full sun.Direct sow after last frost or start indoors 6-8weeks before last frost. Perennial in Zones 8-10,annual elsewhere.
Note:Castor Bean seeds are poisonous. Some gardeners,especially those with small pets and children, may choose to remove and discard any seedpods that develop on the plant for this reason.

Zones: 3 - 10. Perennial in grow zones 8 - 10.
Height: 10 - 12 feet.
Shade Requirement: Full sun.
Germination: 7 - 10 days at 70 - 75 degrees F.

Castor Bean
15285 Quantity Price
For each offer ordered, get approx. 10 seeds.
$4.99

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Castor Bean Product Details

Botanical Name: Zanzibariensis

Height: 10 - 12 feet.

Spacing: 4 - 5 feet.

Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inch.

Spread: 5 feet.

Sun/Shade: Full sun.

Color: Deep green-burgundy leaves.

Foliage: Showy, tropical sized foliage. Up to 3 feet across.

Blooms: N/A

Form: Annual (zones 3 - 7), Perenmnial (zones 8 - 10).

Flower Form: Panicles are 1 - 2 feet.

Soil Requirements: Rich, well-drained soil.

Growth Rate: Medium to fast growth rate.

Seed Count: Approximately 10 seeds per packet.

Size: 1/2 - 1 inch.

Comments: Leaves have many colors: green, red, bluish-gray, maroon, purple, and variegated. Leaves are veined with scarlet and measure 3 feet across. Seeds and leaves are poisonous. Likes heat and moisture. In zones 8 - 10 it acts as a perennial. Soak seeds for 24 hours before sowing. Requires staking in exposed areas. Helps keep moles away.


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2012-03-24
tropical pardise
Reviewed By: charlotte (roanoke, va)
I planted these for the 1st time last year 2011. It was like watching a time capsule explode. They started out at a mere 3-4 inch plant and by mid summer they were 14ft+ high. Every time I walked out onto my deck, I felt like I was in a tropical paradise. How beautiful they were. Wow! I bought 4 plants last year, this year I doubled it. I have shared this with all my friends and now they too are on board!


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2010-04-27
Huge plants
Reviewed By: Kim R (Columbus, OH)
I bought a pack of seeds last year and stuck just three seeds in the ground in a 5 foot long bed next to my deck. By late summer they were so tall they blocked the view from the deck and they were wide enough that they took the entire 5 foot bed up. At the end of the growing season I had to cut the stocks down with a saw. These plants need lots of sun but zero maintenance. (I planted a couple more seeds in a slightly shaded area and they only got 4 feet tall) The leaves are huge and very attractive and the stocks are similar to bamboo. I am planting more this year, but now that I know they get 15 feet tall I'm putting them further out in the yard.


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2009-07-04
High Praise
Reviewed By: Ginny (Raleigh, NC)
"This is a unique, beautiful plant and not invasive here in 7b. Surprisingly it did winter over tho' and provided two extra ""volunteers"" this season (that became great passalong gifts). I love the subtle coloring, leaf shape and bright flower at the top."


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2009-05-16
Kills Moles
Reviewed By: Doug (Birmingham, Alabama)
I plan to buy several of these plants. My neighbor actually wants them for one specific reason. Many years ago, her father in law used the to kill moles. She has tried everything and her yard is infested with moles that eat the roots from her other plants and have destroyed her yard. It is understood that the moles will feed on the roots and the toxicity will kill them. FYI


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2009-01-13
Memories of castor bean plants
Reviewed By: wGoddard (derry, nhy)
I remember my mother planting castor bean plants beside our small apartment in a trailer part we lived in in the 50's. Well she got so much attention and so many compliments about them! They were vibrant, tall, refreshing, they added beauty to a place that needed it! I was so proud of her. They are a special plant for me to remeber them all these years.


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2008-09-28
castor bean plant
Reviewed By: Deborah D. (Santa Ynez, Ca.)
This is an incredibly invasive plant that is extremely hard to eradicate in zones 9 and down. It should be planted only if willing to contain its spread as it will escape and crowd out native species. Also, as mentioned in the sales description, all parts of the Castor plant are poisonous. Frankly with all that in mind it may only qualify as a houseplant in a very brightly lit location.


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2008-09-13
tropical feel
Reviewed By: Debbie (Kamloops, B.C. Canada)
Beautiful large leaves that have a tropical feel to them. The flowers are very interesting to boot. A plant worth trying in any garden.


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2008-05-20
Energy Savings too!
Reviewed By: Tom (Chicagoland, IL)
I've utilized these plants for many years to shade my A/C unit during peak cooling season. Saves on the electric bill as the unit doesn't need to work quite so hard.


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2008-02-20
Followup
Reviewed By: Pat (Indianapolis, IN)
Placed plants in southern exposure in late Jun to shade hosta bed. Plants leafed out much more with this full sun exposure and were at least 8-9 ft. tall, despite a very dry summer.


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2007-06-06
Cast your lot on these beans
Reviewed By: Floyd Miller (Hampton, virginia)
Wow. I am a very electric gardener and these were the jewel in my yard. Last years Nor'easter devistated my banana plant, but this plant barely bent! One of the most beautiful things in my yard, and it grew to 15'!


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2007-05-25
AWESOME!
Reviewed By: Jennifer (North Mankato, MN)
"I have grown these for the last 8 years, and we love them! The tropical look always gets plenty of comments, and passers always ask about them. Last year's crop grew to 13ft and 4"" tall, not bad by MN standards!"


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2007-05-13
Bird Bath Leaves
Reviewed By: Marjorie Krause (Eau Claire, WI)
I can`t wait for these plants to mature. I use the leaves to cast cement birdbaths. They are beautiful and useful. I had one plant grow at least 8 feet tall in our climate!.


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2007-03-12
caster bean plants
Reviewed By: Pamela Brust (Waverly, Ohio)
"I have been growing caster bean plants for many years, not only do they look stunnily beautiful, but they repell gophers, ground moles and ground hogs. I had alot of trouble with them before I heard about this plant. My grandmother used to call them ""dog tick"" because the seeds look like large dog ticks. I plant them every year and will do so in the future."


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2007-03-11
Fast Grower like small trees
Reviewed By: Pat (indpls, IN)
First time grower in 2006. Once the seeds germinate they quickly outgrow any pot you put them in. Placed plants in the ground in July and still grew over 6 feet in 3/4 day sun. The huge leaves are amazing! Plants may need staking, but even if keaning, they just keep growing if roots stay covered.


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2007-02-15
Amazing
Reviewed By: Lori (N. Tonawanda, New York)
My Castor Bean Plants grew so large- at least 10 feet high. The leaves were enormous. I actually had people stop their cars and ask what kind of tree it was. I plant them every year. If the summers are very sunny, this plant grows very large.


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2007-01-23
Stunning
Reviewed By: Vince Griffith (Pickerinton, ohio)
Ohio had record high temps in the summer of 2006. I started plants from seed and within a few weeks after setting plants out, plants were stunning. Seven feet tall and almost four feet across. My naighbors all wondered what type of plant this was. I have planted this plant about three years in a row however never with the results that I had in the summer of 2006


Castor Bean
15285 Quantity Price
For each offer ordered, get approx. 10 seeds.
$4.99

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