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By Jklacey

Norfolk, United Kingdom Gb

the leaves of my castor oil plant are turning black
It is outdoors looks like it is dying


On plant Ricinus communis


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Hi again JK Ricinus Communis isn't fully hardy in the UK and I wonder if you nee to move into a greenhouse or conservatory for winter. Hopefully another GoYer will have more advice.

22 Nov, 2009

 

Yes it is usually treated as an annual in the UK in bedding displays, but if it has the spikey seed pods you can save seed for growing next year

22 Nov, 2009

 

ive found them tuff as old nails in norfolk.are all the leaves going black as it could just be natural dye back.

22 Nov, 2009

Sid
Sid
 

Whatever you do, don't let kids or pets get at the seeds - they are deadly.

22 Nov, 2009

 

True, the beans are poisonous if ingested....google ricin

22 Nov, 2009

 

ill remember that and get the nieghber in for a special hot cup of tea lol

23 Nov, 2009

Sid
Sid
 

Ooo - or a nice bowl of hot ricin bean soup - yummy! ;-)

23 Nov, 2009

 

Can I ask if you're sure it's Riccinus? Or could it be Fatsia japonica, because the leaves on the latter do go black before they drop, and it is an outdoor, hardy shrub?

23 Nov, 2009

 

thats what i thaught bamboo

23 Nov, 2009

Sid
Sid
 

Good point....they do look similar.

24 Nov, 2009

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