How to grow castor-oil plant
Castor has been known since ancient times, the seeds of this plant were found in the tombs of pharaohs, its image adorned the walls of temples in Thebes, it is mentioned in many literary works of the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. From castor seeds get known in cosmetology and medicine castor oil. It is also a great plant for the decoration of your garden and flower garden, because it is enormous for just one summer. And the leaves and flowers are very decorative.
Instruction how to grow castor-oil plant
Castor oil plants are grown from seeds through seedlings. Sow the seeds in February or March. Since the shell is quite thick, they should scarify. Rub lightly with sandpaper or nail file. You can also soak the seeds for a day or two before planting.
Plant one or two seeds in pots for seedlings. It is possible to cut the top part of the plastic bottle and the bottom portion to make the holes to water does not stagnate. Earth, you can use the usual out of your garden. Pour the soil to half of the container, place the seed on the ground, and sprinkle on top of the ground about five centimeters.
Pots place on a sunny window, castor loves light. Pour abundant, but make sure that water does not stagnate in the pot. A week later, the seedlings should appear. And by the time when you want to plant them in the ground to grow a seedling formed.
Seedlings are planted in open ground in June, when the threat of frost has passed. Dig a hole 50x50 cm at the bottom pour drainage (some broken bricks) and humus, then sprinkle garden soil.
Carefully remove the seedling from the pot and passes it into the prepared hole. Pour the rest of the soil and tamp it around the plant. Liberally pour the warm water. Do not water the castor cold well water or tap water.
Grow castor-oil plant in a sunny position, although this plant is unpretentious and can grow in partial shade. Best of all, it looks in a single or planting a flower bed in the background. If you grow castor-oil plant in the shade, it will have large green leaves and sunny position the leaves acquire a red tint, and will be slightly smaller. But in any case, this remarkable plant will give your flower garden a beautiful and solemn.
In the autumn necessarily collect the seeds. Once the seed capsule turns brown and dry, it is a signal that they are ripe. Thus, you will be able to grow as much of planting material as you like yourself.