Castor bean from seed

Porkbelly(7B)January 5, 2013

I'm growing Castor bean this year for a privacy wall on east side of yard that gets some shade. I ordered seeds from rareseeds today. Any tips for germenating ? How fast do they grow indoors under lights ?
Thanks, PB

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susanzone5(z5NY)

I grow these every year and line my fenced-in garden with the plants. They deter rodents from tunneling under the fence. It's easy to grow them.

Just put them in seed starting mix, one per 3" cell or pot, about an inch deep, 2 weeks before last frost date in your area. They grow tall very fast, so don't start them too early. Harden off and plant out after last frost.

You can save the seed from year to year. Let the pods turn brown and dry, then crumble them to get seeds out. Wear gloves...pods are very prickly!
Have fun. I like the red variety.

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paws4pets

I let mine soak in water for about 2 days or so. When I see a white tip start to emerge I plant them. I start them indoors way to early but I like to get a headstart.
paws

    Bookmark   January 17, 2013 at 12:49AM
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