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Care of the plant Ricinus communis or Castor bean.

Care of the plant Ricinus communis or Castor bean

The genus Ricinus, family Euphorbiaceae, comprises a single species of evergreen shrub: Ricinus communis, native to the Mediterranean region.

Common names: Castor oil plant, Castor bean.

They are shrubs or small evergreen trees that reach 5 meters in height. It has large webbed leaves and curious flowers that turn into very purgative reddish fruits (fresh seeds are very poisonous).

They are used as isolated specimens and in groups in sunny gardens. A very decorative variety is called Ricinus communis sanguineus, with red leaves. They are not advisable plants for gardens in which there are children.

Ricinus communis needs a sunny exposure protected from the wind. The climate should be warm and frost free.

The soil should be rich in humus and well drained.

Water moderately throughout the year waiting for the substrate to dry.

Fertilize with compost or manure in the fall.

They can be attacked by mealybugs and aphids.

They are propagated from seeds sown in seedbeds in spring; transplant the seedlings into small individual pots and finally plant outdoors.

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