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An Easy Way To Clean Up After Castor Beans

By Sashagirl
June 10, 2012

I love Castor Bean plants!! If your winter temps are below freezing more than not, then you'll love this tip! When it's time for fall clean-up, instead of fighting with those humongous roots, just "top" the plant down to a 2-3' bare stem. In the spring, after the ground thaws, pull the stems and roots out of the ground, using only your gloved hands.

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Name: Jill
Weatherby, Missouri (Zone 5a)
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Jun 11, 2012 1:37 PM CST
Great tip! I will try cutting them down this year and see how it goes in the spring clean-up season. Thanks!
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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Mar 2, 2013 6:15 AM CST
This works for tomatoe plants and other well rooted plants.

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