Castor bean pods: how to tell if ripe

linnea56(z5 IL)October 23, 2012

I saw a large number of red castor bean plants today in a distant park today. I have always wanted to grow these. The pods were still red. I picked a few anyway. Do the pods turn brown when ripe? I don't think I have ever seen them ripe. I tried picking a few of the largest ones, that seemed to have more of an amber-ish background color than pure red.

The park is many miles away, so it is unlikely I will make it back there to check again. Is it likely that the seeds are mature, even if the pod is not brown? Thanks!

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yiorges-z5il

If the pod is green then the chanches of the seed being ripe is slim
I always delay collection untill the pod open up & starts to show the seed

    Bookmark   October 25, 2012 at 1:30PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

The pods should turn brown and crack open. In other words, they have to ripen on the plant like other seeds. Caster bean seeds are readily available by mail order. There are some really neat varieties.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2012 at 5:54PM
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