Are castor bean seeds legal in Illinois?

Answer It is not illegal to grow castor bean plants (Ricinus communis) in Illinois. This plant can be used to produce useful substances like castor oil. However, it is illegal to use the seeds to produce... Read More »

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How to Buy Castor Bean Seeds?

The castor plant (Ricinus communis) is a shrub named for its seed's resemblance to an engorged tick (Ixodes ricinus). The plant grows as an annual in the southern U.S. and a perennial in tropical c... Read More »

Can castor bean seeds survive freezing?

Castor beans will not survive freezing as they do not tolerate extreme weather of any kind. They will usually need to be reseeded each year, although some do manage to avoid the freeze and make it ... Read More »

How long does it take castor bean seeds to germinate?

Castor bean seeds germinate in 10 to 21 days, according to Purdue University. Soaking the seeds in water or nicking them with a knife speeds their germination, according to Floridata.References:Pur... Read More »

What is a castor bean?

According to Dr. T. Ombrello of the Union County (N.J.) College Biology Department, the castor bean plant is native to Africa and produces small, brown-speckled beans or seeds. Poisonous in their n... Read More »