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I've just bought a Ricinus Communis (Castor Bean Tree) - am I a fool??

On plant Ricinus communis



Not if you've bought it as a houseplant and you're not going to eat it - if its outside, the winter will kill it anyway, it's grown as an annual here. Unless you've actually bought Fatsia japonica, which is hardy outside and non poisonous

15 Aug, 2010


Thanks Bamboo,

I already have a Fatsia in the garden.

I will probably over winter it in the greenhouse and let her go outside next year. It's only a foot tall atm, so i will wait then.

Thank you,


15 Aug, 2010


If it flowers, remove any seeds which appear - the coating of those is particularly poisonous.

15 Aug, 2010


On the other hand, they are good for mole, vole, and gopher control if cracked and scattered around--rarely kills them, just makes them find somewhere else to live. Do keep away from children and pets, though!

15 Aug, 2010

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