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Sudbury Canada
May 28, 2018 9:41 AM CST
I have sticky drops on the leaf stem adjacent to the main stem I see no sigh of insects
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Garden Sages Plant Identifier
May 28, 2018 10:34 AM CST

You are standing way too close to your Castor Bean! Smiling What you are looking at is nectar produced by extra-floral (outside the flower) nectar glands. This nectar attracts ants, which in turn help in seed dispersal and defense.

Do you have ants? You won't necessarily have them because the relationship is between Castor Bean plants and Argentine ants. In California, Argentine ants are a major pest.
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Sudbury Canada
May 31, 2018 9:17 AM CST
Thank you very much

I raised 15 plants from seeds and am quite happy to hear my plants are OK

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