Ricinus seeds. When to germinate?

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Ricinus seeds. When to germinate?

Post by Andy P » Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:56 pm

Bought some Ricinus Communis ( Zanzi Palm) seeds just before Christmas. Have never grown these before but understand they grow pretty big and pretty rapid. Hoping to get a good display from these this summer before they die off. From pics i`ve seen they look very tropical. But when would you say is the best time to start propagating these and does anyone have any tips for these plants??
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Re: Ricinus seeds. When to germinate?

Post by Las Palmas Norte » Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:20 am

Early April to set out in late April.

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Re: Ricinus seeds. When to germinate?

Post by Ian Cooke » Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:33 am

Late March/early April under cover - greenhouse or indoors - don't plant out till all danger of frost has passed and soil is warm - early June is safe. April is far too early for the UK.


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Re: Ricinus seeds. When to germinate?

Post by Clive60 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 2:24 pm

It's always advisable to wash your hands after sowing Ricinus.


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Re: Ricinus seeds. When to germinate?

Post by simon » Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:29 pm

Give them plenty of light so they don't become leggy. Pot them up regularly before planting out because if they become root bound it slows them down and they don't seem to recover easily.


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Re: Ricinus seeds. When to germinate?

Post by Andy P » Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:16 pm

Cheers for that guys. I know all about washing hands after sowing. The packet they were delivered in had ` POISON ` written all over it.
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Re: Ricinus seeds. When to germinate?

Post by Arlon Tishmarsh » Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:17 pm

My Ricinus seeds came this morning, a first for me to try this year icon_thumleft .


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Re: Ricinus seeds. When to germinate?

Post by CW01 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:25 pm

What variety are you growing Arlon? i would recomend 'Zinzibarensis' huge plant with massive leaves icon_thumleft
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Re: Ricinus seeds. When to germinate?

Post by Arlon Tishmarsh » Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:26 pm

Thats the very one's. icon_thumleft


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Post by The Codfather » Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:28 pm

have you posted mine....... :lol:
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Re: Ricinus seeds. When to germinate?

Post by real_ale » Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:52 pm

My seeds just come today icon_thumleft

i grew Ricinus Communis last year, this year im growing Ricinus Communis 'Zanzibarienisis' for the bigger leaves. sow in march/april and plant out in may.
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Re: Ricinus seeds. When to germinate?

Post by Andy P » Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:18 pm

Cool Real Ale. I live in Rhyl too, as you can see. If we get any seeds at all from them we should do a seed exchange so we can both grow each variety . Be handy to know how well yours do compared to mine.
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Re: Ricinus seeds. When to germinate?

Post by Arlon Tishmarsh » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:54 am

Whats the best / most reliable germination method for these seeds ?


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Re: Ricinus seeds. When to germinate?

Post by harryc » Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:07 am

I have grown the zanzi and communis for the last couple of years, found them very easy to germinate. Just popped them on a heat mat, keep moist and within a week they usually pop out. Easy peasy :D :D

BTW The zanzi are defo the ones if you want huge leaves, mine got to 8 ft+ this year, but in my opinion the communis are more striking, having a reddish tinge to them.

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Re: Ricinus seeds. When to germinate?

Post by Arlon Tishmarsh » Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:09 am

Thanks Harry icon_thumleft

the communis sound impressive, may try those as well .


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