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Swayback
Aug 12, 2013 1:23 AM CST
Ricinus!
They are AWESOME!
I'm ripping em out like weeds now they really can take over!







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These are old pics I'll get more soon!
Show us what you got!
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Aug 12, 2013 5:50 PM CST
While they are pretty at that size, they aren't at 10' tall. They are considered a noxious weed here.
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Swayback
Aug 12, 2013 8:34 PM CST
Yea they volunteer here too, but won't make it thru the winter here.
The seedlings usually choke each other out after 2 years they usually give up, too short of a season!
I much prefer the giant leaves of a 1st year plant to the smaller mature leaves..

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At one time they had names...sort of... If you consider red to be a name... The purple ones are supposedly New Zealand purple, but there obvious signs of crossing amung the 3 kinds I had last year, I've added several differnt kinds in there this year!
There's some cool coolers and shapes coming out!

I never let their seeds escape me, they are too dangerous!
I mostly plant them to repel moles, which they do to a limited extent.
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Aug 13, 2013 2:44 PM CST
Almost didn't click this 'cuz I thought, no, I don't want anything like that, but then thought... what if the leaves are purple. It is, kinda/almost, always looks like what I'd call 'red,' but still LOL! AND you're talking about an old friend I miss, had in OH a few times. What critters can eat them? That would be interesting to know.
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Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Aug 13, 2013 9:09 PM CST

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Never heard that name but did it ever get my attention. I love them and the seeds don't survive winters here, at least so far. I forgot to plant seed this year but here's a few pics from past years.
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Evan
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Swayback
Aug 14, 2013 12:07 AM CST
Tiffany- they are purple!
The color didn't come thru right, they were covered in dew.
They can be rather red at certain stages, other times black!
Being 100% from seed, there's bound to be diversity, but my 2 year old confirmed it the other day the are "PUPEL!" Hilarious!

Evan- those are big boys! Did you direct seed? I always start a few early in pots, they always get dwarfed by the direct sown seed plants by July, a friend had great luck with early planting in tiny pots, his are 10' now, mine are only 8 or so...
I'm also not so sure that the seed will die up there, it doesn't usually like to germinate unless the seed pods are removed or fully rot away... I also hear that they don't set seed good up north, that may account for them not volunteering...
Have you gathered viable seed from yours before?
He got lucky and one of his came up alot different than any parents I had... Here's hoping the seed stay true!



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They seem pretty dramatically different than any I had then, and somewhat resemble an unnamed variety I got just few months ago, but there's some dramatic differences too!
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Name: Evan
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eclayne
Aug 14, 2013 7:08 AM CST

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After only a couple years growing I haven't seen any volunteers ... yet. I direct sowed mostly. I did notice direct sowing is fine a few weeks earlier if mulched. I bought a packet of 9 seeds and I remember thinking ... how cheap. I didn't really understand how big they get. Fun stuff.
Evan
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purpleinopp
Aug 14, 2013 10:31 AM CST
Oh, sorry! I didn't know such an expert had consulted these plants personally! A 2-yr-old definitely knows red from purple, so that's absolutely settled. I feel silly questioning that above, hope I can be forgiven. No matter what color they are, those big plants/leaves are really cool!
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Gourd
Sep 12, 2013 6:37 PM CST
I love this look. I have one castor bean plant growing. It just germinated about a month ago when I tilled an area for clematis. Next year I plan to copy you.. Love, love love it.
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Sep 12, 2013 8:24 PM CST
While I'll admit They are pretty when they're small, they're not when they get 15" tall. In So. Cal. They are a noxious weed, and be aware that all parts of the plant are highly toxic.
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extranjera
Sep 13, 2013 10:23 AM CST
Growing up in SoCal, my job as a kid was to spend every Saturday morning weeding and those were my mother's #1 priority, get them ALL out as soon as you see one. It's funny but while I see they are pretty in the pictures here I still react to them as a weed, my fingers are twitching to pull them out.
A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.
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plantladylin
Sep 13, 2013 12:09 PM CST
Swayback: You should upload some of your beautiful Ricinus photo's to the database: http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?q=Ricinus
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Swayback
Sep 13, 2013 1:06 PM CST
extranjera said:Growing up in SoCal, my job as a kid was to spend every Saturday morning weeding and those were my mother's #1 priority, get them ALL out as soon as you see one. It's funny but while I see they are pretty in the pictures here I still react to them as a weed, my fingers are twitching to pull them out.


Well...if u insist ur welcome to come give it a shot...but I'd think about bringing a chainsaw...
They ain't pullin out now...

Winters keep em in check here...

When I think noxious weed... I think of a honeysuckle bush...I guess it's all relative to environment...
Most (all?) plants in cultivation started as a weed...somewhere...
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Swayback
Sep 13, 2013 1:10 PM CST
plantladylin said:Swayback: You should upload some of your beautiful Ricinus photo's to the database: ]http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?q=Ricinus


I thought about that, but they way the database is setup it's practically impossible...most of mine have crossed, and it would likely only spread misinformation and confusion...

I don't know the parentage of most of them, hell the only one I ever had that came with a name was my New Zealand purples... Most of them came back true and didn't cross...I think...
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 13, 2013 2:39 PM CST
Swayback: Any/All Ricinus photo's can be uploaded to the parent plant entry: Castor Beans (Ricinus communis)

And for those you know are New Zealand Purple: Purple Castor Bean (Ricinus communis 'New Zealand Purple')
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Swayback
Sep 13, 2013 3:00 PM CST
Can only I upload pics I post?
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Sep 13, 2013 3:02 PM CST
You can upload them or anyone can submit a proposal to move photo's you've posted to the database. You will get acorns for each photo and the person submitting the proposal will get .5 acorns. Green Grin!
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Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Sep 13, 2013 4:03 PM CST

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plantladylin said:Swayback: Any/All Ricinus photo's can be uploaded to the parent plant entry: Castor Beans (Ricinus communis)

And for those you know are New Zealand Purple: Purple Castor Bean (Ricinus communis 'New Zealand Purple')

Sway, to add to what Lin said we have lots of Parent Plants which are a great place to post pics of crosses or varieties you don't have a name for. They're actually called parent entry and general...name of plant...entry.
Evan
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Sep 14, 2013 3:55 PM CST
Swayback: I submitted proposals for a few of your Ricinus photo's to the General Plant entry Ricinus communis: Castor Beans (Ricinus communis)

I wasn't sure which were the New Zealand Purple so I put them all at the general entry but you can also upload any photo's of your 'New Zealand Purple' here: Purple Castor Bean (Ricinus communis 'New Zealand Purple')

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Swayback
Sep 15, 2013 9:02 AM CST
After this brutal cold spell... I can barely tell...

Overnight a bunch of em colored up alot!

I hadn't been able to capture the color on my very favorite plant, it had a wicked red sheen to the leaf, now it's dark as can be...
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