#castorbean #castorbeanseedpod @gjones I plucked a few from mine, the seeds are still forming, they look similar to the stage yours are at. Viability is hard to determine, until they are planted, you could cut a few away to let dry inside, leave some on the plant, hope for the best, even take the cutting with the seed pods, put it in water to give them more time to develop.
That's huge! I'm thinking of planting a couple next year. Do you have to do anything special when handling this plant? I only plan to grow it for the foliage not the flowers but I read that handling the plant can cause severe skin irritation.
I have been growing these for many years, all varieties, @gjones my husband, kids help me tend plants, and are around them, we have had no issues. The seeds have the ricin in them that is poisonous if eaten, alot of people don't understand that, and say the whole plant is poisonous. I soak the seeds in water for 24-48 hours until they puff up, then plant them where you want them to grow. They seem to grow better that way than in a pot, they grow fast!
@lovestogarden it's the seeds that are poisonous, The ricin in them. I've been growing this plant for years, have seen 3 different color variations...green, this deep burgandy, and one that falls in between... I have seen the green variety growing wild here, and in Tx. If you would like some seeds let me know! :)
@daisy-jane @cyndi there is a seed group I am in on Facebook, Susie's seed attic... There is a fall seed swap just starting, you don't need seeds to join...I found the group early this spring. I got tons of awesome seeds!