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Bunky5
May 19, 2017 5:51 PM CST
I live in zone 5/6 and managed to keep some castor bean plants (starters) over the winter in my heated greenhouse. They are
about 12 inches tall and spindly. I wanted to plant them out but I was wondering if I could plant them like I would a spindly tomato
plant, placing them in the ground up to the top leaves. Would this work, or would I kill the plant?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 19, 2017 7:38 PM CST
That's an interesting thought. I don't know the answer. But there's an easy way to find out - plant one up to the bottom leaves and give it a few days.

Its in the family Euphorbiaceae so, in my mind at least, Castor Bean has a good chance of rooting on the stem.

Keep us posted!
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Bunky5
Aug 1, 2017 10:56 AM CST
I planted three castor beans to the top leaves and to my amazement they are all growing fantastically well! One even has a flower bud on it.
So thanks for your response Daisy. It worked!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 1, 2017 5:23 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray!
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