Saturday, October 2, 2010

Castor Bean Seed Giveaway!


The first frost is coming tonight, and as part of my preparation, I collected my castor bean seeds.  I've heard that the seeds are dangerous around children because they are HIGHLY POISONOUS.  One seed is enough to kill a grown man.  Part of the reason they are dangerous to children (people say) is because they look like chocolate bonbons.

I don't know about you, but these are the most spiny, vicious bonbons I've ever seen.  Maybe the actual seed inside the seed cover looks like a chocolate jelly bean, kind of...but it's a stretch.  Regardless, they should be treated with caution around children and animals.

Because my castor bean plants did so well, I have a lot of seeds.  I am willing to share them with people who would like to try growing castor bean plants in their yard. 

Castor bean plants need full sun, and can't withstand frost.  Mine got upwards of 8 feet tall, and so heavy I could barely prop them up when they fell over.  I would recommend staking them with a heavy metal stake, I am going to do that next year. I did not really do anything to them...they grew fabulously with only an application of manure tea. 

I will be giving seeds away to as many people as I can...all you have to do is follow my blog, and leave me a comment telling me about it.  I will give seeds to as many people as I can until they run out.  At this time, this giveaway is only open to US residents.  Thanks for reading!


  1. Ooh, I LOVE castor bean plants and would love some seeds. I thought I had already, but just now followed your blog. Also, moonflower seed pods are pretty spikey and difficult.

    P.S. Was lookin' for your SeedGROW post... :)

  2. SeedGrow post will have to be tomorrow...I was at farm crawl all day today...we had frost last night. I actually figured I would be taking pictures of dead nasties this morning, but they were ok. So, I'll post tomorrow.

  3. I'll take some if you still have some. If you still have some with the crazy pod, a few of those would be good for workshops and demos so people know what they look like.

  4. Hello girlie! I want some.I think you know how to reach me, lol!

  5. Love you castor beans! I have the red stem and green stem varieties, and have been looking everywhere for seeds for the big purple plants that you have. If you still have seeds, will you please send some to me at Steve Stehr, 6026 Kenwood Ave, Dallas, TX 75206 ? Thanks so much, and I hope your garden is off to as quick a start as mine is this year. My poppies and hollyhocks are HUGE now, after the mild winter. Thanks, and happy growing! Steve

  6. Se você ainda tiver gostaria de receber algumas sementes de black castor.

  7. Do you still have seed available? How can I get some?
    Thank you!

  8. Hello, I am a botanical artist in need of the spiny seed pods of the Castor bean for an illustration? Do you have any of these that I might obtain. I would pay for shipping. I am interested in all stages of their development. Thank you.
    Suzanne Olive (mailing address is not correct on website)

  9. Hi, do you have any seeds to share from this past fall? thank you!

  10. I would like to have some seeds. My grandma always grew them. And now I can't find them. If u have any to spare I would love some. Tara Curry p.o. box 128 Freeman Spur Illinois 62841


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