Here’s a handsome plant with spectacular leaves and even more spectacular red seed pods that will knock your socks off (unless you’re barefoot). We came to a screeching halt when we saw these plants bordering a white stucco wall. Ht 2 m (6 ft). Origin: Africa.
Start seed indoors approximately 6 weeks before intended date of transplanting outside. Cover lightly with soil and keep moist, not wet. Place 2 beans per pot and thin down to one when they reach the height of 5 cm (2 in) – remove the weakest of the 2 seedlings. Plant outside after danger of frost has passed. Excellent as a background plant. Place where they are protected from strong winds. Fertilize every 2 weeks with 10-52-17 and liquid seaweed for strong healthy plants. Garden spacing 2 m (6 ft) apart. Note: All parts of Ricinus are poisonous if eaten.