Common name: Castor-oil plant, blood Castor-oil plant, Fig tree of the devil.
Scientific name: Ricinus communis.
Type: Plant / shrub of interior.
Origin: Eastern Africa.
Description: The castor-oil plant is a magnificent plant of big and attractive sheets green purple color and up to 30 cm. of breadth, toothed rims and very marked lobes. Rapid growth. In interior it usually measures up to 1,5 meters.
Resistance: To protect of the intense cold and the freezes.
Epoch of sowing: Spring.
Way of sowing: Before sowing, dipping the seeds in lukewarm water for 12 hours. To sow them to a depth of approximately 13 mm. In a miscellany of three parts of compost and one of sand. To cover with plastic or crystal and to support protégées of the light. They germinate rapidly (3 weeks aprox), as soon as they have his second pair of sheets, they emigrate to individual flowerpots using a good commercial ground.
They can emigrate directly to areas protected from the garden.
Care: It needs little care. To transplant only when it has grown in excess.
Type of soil: Earth rich in nutrients.
Light: Abundant but indirect. Very illuminated interiors or courtyards without the direct sun.
I water: Scarce. To avoid encharcamientos.
Curiosities: The castor-oil plant is a perennial plant, but thanks to his rapidity of growth, it is possible to treat her like annual and to sow a piece of news plants every year.
The castor oil is used very much commercially.