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treefrog44

I live in N.Central Florida zone 9, where its easy to garden year round 🌞🌿🌻🌺 My backyard is a sanctuary for all critters! πŸ¦‹πŸ›πŸπŸžπŸ•·οΈπŸΈπŸ¦Ž

Ricinus communis

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treefrog44

#castorbean my favorite easy to grow, easy to care for #bestof2021 and the leaves make beautiful concrete bowls or stepping stones 😁

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gjones

A favourite of ours too!

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jpgardenbean

Such beautiful colors!

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treefrog44

#castorbean #darkfoliage #foliagefriday

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gjones

Love these leaves!

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treefrog44

#castorbean #foliagefriday

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plantkilla

I planted a couple myself

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treefrog44

#castorbean #castoroilplant #castorbean-flower #februaryflowers

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lesliecole49

Pretty cool looking really

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treefrog44

#castorbean #castorbeanflower #castorbeanseedpod #red

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columbiariver

I love this

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emch

These flowers are quite ominous-looking.

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treefrog44

#castorbean #castorbeanflower #bestofdecember

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usgardentags

#bestof2020

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mehul22

Wonderful 💞 Happy New Year!!!

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treefrog44

#ricinus-communis-gibsonii-red #castorbean can't believe it's still blooming! Stupid cold here these past few days 🥶🥶 #decemberblooms

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treefrog44

#castorbean #castorbeanseedpod seeds still developing, viability at the point is unpredictable @gjones

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saguaro

This is super cool 😍💚

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gjones

Thanks for posting all the photos of the different stages. I always welcome and trust your advice.

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treefrog44

Thanks 🥰 @saguaro

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treefrog44

You're welcome 🥰 @gjones

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treefrog44

#castorbeanseedpod @gjones to ensure good viability it is best to let the seed pods brown and dry on the plant.

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treefrog44

#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.

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greenroomgarden

Cool info, and I like the pic, too 😀

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gjones

I like the idea of picking a couple and letting the rest dry on the plant if possible. Thanks Theresa😊

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treefrog44

#castorbean #zanzibar #lookingup #foliagefriday natural shade umbrella

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KariSamuel

I'm jealous of the size of yours! I think I over-seed and then am to afraid to pluck out the little ones!

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gjones

Great photo!

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treefrog44

#castorbeanseedpod @gjones

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KariSamuel

Oh heavens yours are seed pod stage already?!? Cute little frog 🐸 posing too! #wildlifewednesday

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treefrog44

@KariSamuel actually they have been producing seedpods since March! 😂 And they have been cut back once too!

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KariSamuel

Wowzers! #overachiever 😊

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gjones

Thanks Theresa. -now I know what to watch for😊

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treefrog44

@gjones you're welcome 😊

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treefrog44

#castorbean #castorbeanflower #castorbeanseedpod @gjones

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gjones

So they get prickly pods like datura😊

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treefrog44

@gjones they just look prickly, they are not sharp like datura 😉

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treefrog44

#zanzibar-castorbean #castorbean #leafcanopy #canopy #lookingup

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gjones

Fantastic huge leaves!

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treefrog44

@gjones I keep telling myself I need to cast some leaves, they would make a wonderful fountain!

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treefrog44

#zanzibar #castorbean #zanzibar-castorbean

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gjones

Wow! It's huge!

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treefrog44

@gjones even the leaves are huge! Biggest one I've grown yet!

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treefrog44

#castoroilplant #castoroil-seedpod #castorbean rain, rain, and more rain today! We needed it, but it's my only day off to weed and keep my jungle under control!! 😂😂😂

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cpl721

Looks spectacular! Needs to find one.

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KariSamuel

These are doing fabulous! Mine are just peeking out of the soil! 🥺

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treefrog44

@KariSamuel I have had to cut these back twice so far! They grow huge fast!

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KariSamuel

That's so awesome!! They are just like magic beans, aren't they? 😘

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treefrog44

#zanzibar #castorbean feel like I'm in the jungle over there!

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gjones

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.

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treefrog44

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!

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gjones

Thanks for the info. I've seen it grown up here quite a bit and really like the foliage😊

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treefrog44

#zanzibar #castorbean getting huge!

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gjones

Love those huge leaves!

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treefrog44

#zanzibar #castorbean natural waterbowl

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treefrog44

#castorbean

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kimguy

How pretty💗 @treefrog44

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treefrog44

Seed pods on the castor bean

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treefrog44

#newblooms #upclose

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Acetaker

WOW! How I interesting! Just love unique flowers!😀

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kimguy

Such a cool plant!!! @treefrog44

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treefrog44

Rebounding #newgrowth Not a happy camper from being transplanted when we moved... 2 month hissy fit lol!

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buzz40

I love this variety of fatsia

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lovestogarden

I have not seen this variety before. Beautiful #foliage . We only have the basic green here and it grows wild. FYI, very poisonus.

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treefrog44

@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! :)

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lovestogarden

Oh, yes just the seeds. It is VERY pretty, but no seeds just now thank you. Not sure where I would plant it. ❀

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treefrog44

Sure would @marlynroses it probably wouldnt get as large as it could by planting it in the ground...but it would make a lovely patio/house plant year round 😄

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treefrog44

Yes, it's the purple one:) @cyndi but I have grown seeds from the "purple" plant that produced green and purple plants...😦

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treefrog44

I did not plant this one here... but I left it to see how it would grow next to the path...loves the rain we are having because it grew 6ft in one month!

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jeatacake

It looks amazing. Wish I could say the same about mine! 😕

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daisy-jane

That is gorgeous 😍😍😍

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treefrog44

@cyndi @daisy-jane I will have plenty of seeds to share!

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treefrog44

@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!

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treefrog44

Sorry to hear that @cyndi 😢 I understand..

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daisy-jane

That's great a seed group I don't think I can get seeds imported from other countries because of tight restrictions but thank you Theresa 😘

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