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Ricinus communis 'Impala'

Castor Oil Plant, Castor Bean

Half-hardy Annual

 Customer Rating
Striking maroon/carmine young growth. Clusters of creamy yellow blooms, followed by maroon pods. Height: 90-120cm (3-4ft). Additional Comments: These seeds are poisonous.

Ideal For:
exotic garden, specimen plant
Flowering Period:
July, August, September
Sowing Months:
February, March
full sun
    • 1 packet (6 ricinus seeds)

    • Despatch: Within 1 days
    • £3.99
Sow in trays, pots, etc of good seed compost in a propagator or warm place to maintain an optimum temperature of 70-75F (20-25C). Sowing Depth: 0.25 Inch (6 mm). Sow February to March.

Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm (3in) pots. Harden off and plant out when all risk of frost has passed 90cm (3ft) apart in full sun.

Plant in ordinary garden soil.

Caution: irritant to skin and eyes, toxic if eaten.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a P&P charge of £1.95.
Orders which include any other products will incur a P&P charge of £4.95.
Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products a maximum P&P charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

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  1. 100 %

    By Carole Phillips 20-09-2011

    I was panicked into sowing mine in early February after watching Carol Kleins garden, where she was planting hers out in July that she said she'd sown in January! I got 100% germination (had also bought carmencita and had the same result!), the only challenge was finding the right place to grow them on until all risk of frost had passed and they could be planted out, already large plants! I kept potting them on, and they 'lived' in our dining room until late May 2011. All 12 plants have performed brilliantly and I've even managed to get seeds off Carmencita!

  2. Lower Temperatures

    By Peter Humphrey 22-08-2011

    I had an extremely good germination rate only one seed did not germinate and that was with a lower greenhouse temperature than recommended.A really stunning foliage display with red and cream flower heads.With so many shades of greenfoliage the deep maroon/red makes an impact

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