Castor beans growing shrub or small tree of the genus Ricinus also known as Castor bean, Castor beans perennial evergreen or cold deciduous and in colder areas annual, used as ornamental hedge drought tolerant plant or medical plant, can grow in tropics, mediterranean, desert, subtropics or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 9+ (as perennial) 6+ (as annual).
Leaves color can be: green, red or both, leaves lobed 5-10 mostly 9 lobes can be pointed lobe in the top.
Castor beans flower
Flower color can be: red, orange or green with red for female flower male flowers green and yellow, the flowers grow on inflorescences and looks like pompon.
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Requirements for Castor beans growing and care:
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction / Basal shoot
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Poisonous, invasive, basal shoot
Spring / Autumn in warmer climates
Pests and diseases:
Larva, castor butterfly
How to prune:
Just for design and if there is little children also the bud of the bloom
Size of the plant?
1-10 m, 3-30 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Small amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Summer / Autumn / Winter (rarely in hot summer)
General information about the flower
Pompon flower color can be: red, orange or green with red for female flower male flowers green and yellow, the flowers grow on inflorescences
Plant growing speed
- Colored leaves
- Drought tolerant plants
- Ground fixing plants
- Hedging plants
- Medical uses
- Ornamental plants