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Zanzibariensis Castor Bean

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Ricinus communis


A monster-sized castor bean. This variety is from Zanzibar, reaching over 12-15 feet in one season with green leaves that grow to over 2 feet across and purple tinted stems.  

15 seeds 




Germination: 7-14 days, soaking seeds for 12-24 hours aids in germination.

Seed Planting Depth: 1" deep

Starting Indoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Provide 70-80 degree F soil temperature. Using peat, cow,or paper pots can help with the stress of transplanting, they grow delicate roots and successful transplanting can be challenging. Transplant into the garden after the last frost. Water seedlings regularly until established. 

Outside Sowing: Only in zones 8-10

Growth Habit: Upright and branching

Height and Width: 10-15 feet

Spacing: 4-5 feet apart

Light Needs:  Full sun

Soil Needs:  Loose, rich, well drained. The richer the soil the larger the plants will grow

Approximate days to flower from seed:  

Uses: Adds a tropical look to gardens, impressive quick growth for filling in garden spaces.

Care:  Mix compost or well rotted manure into the soil before transplanting. Seeds are poisonous and cutting the flowers stalks before or after they bloom can keep the plants from self seeding, especially in areas above zone 8.

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    Maria W.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Zanzaibariensis Castor Bean

    This is review is for castor beans bought and planted in 2019. Arrived promptly as always. 100% germination and beautiful plant.

    christopher s.
    United States
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    Excellent! Positively excellent. Nothing to note to improve. Attentive service. A+ seeds. ~98% germination. After 11 years of operating my own business, PineTree Seeds are truely one of my most dependable suppliers.