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!