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    Ouya Mellsa is offline Rooter
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    Default Riciuns communis (Castor Oil Plant)

    I saw the lovely Ricinus on Carol Klein's show yesterday and it made me want to grow lots of them!

    How easy are they to grow? I only have an unheated PVC greenhouse and don't like having pots in the house. Can I grow it?

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    Can't help with advice on how to grow them but i have been looking at them on Sarah Raven's website,they look amazing
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    We grow them every year- very easy!! I think we usually start us up at bit later April ish time. Fab plants and grow really well Just don't eat the seeds :O

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicki85 View Post
    We grow them every year- very easy!! I think we usually start us up at bit later April ish time. Fab plants and grow really well Just don't eat the seeds :O
    Agree with this post.
    Have grown them for about 10 years & usually save my own seeds but last year they didn`t germinate so we bought some from ebay in April
    ( Have just checked & there is only 1 seller who charges 4 so not a good deal at the moment)
    & they still made a good show even though I planted them later than usual.
    I plant 1 in a 3 inch pot upwards not flat, & not too deep even though they are big seeds when they have a few leaves plant them in the garden in well fertilised soil.
    They like full sun & get very big so make sure you have enough room.
    Remember ALL parts of this plant are extremely poisonous.
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    Agree with the others - very easy to germinate (I used a seed tray first time, the seedlings nearly climbed out!)

    Don't forget they are tender - and I found I needed to stake mine quite well against the odd summer storm.

    I'm hoping my seed is alright for this year....
    Growing in the Garden of England

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    Ouya Mellsa is offline Rooter
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    Thanks guys.....I will get some seeds!

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    Just got some seeds from Ebay - 10 for 99p + 95p P&P from total seeds

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    It's the plant from which Ricin, the hugely fast and effective toxin favoured by foreign spies etc. is obtained. Be careful. It's a jungle out there!
    Whoever plants a garden believes in the future.

    www.vegheaven.blogspot.com Updated March 9th - Spring

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