Update: August 25, 2014
The castor bean plant is now over 7 feet tall. This picture is from the same spot as one take in the previous post two weeks ago. See farther down this page. Click on the image to see a much larger version.
Ten days ago, I photographed the emerging seed bearing parts at the top. They weren’t flowering yet.
Today, the seeds are more developed. The field of view is a foot tall. They will be watched over to keep children and animals from eating them.
For a sense of size, I placed my hand near the main stalk about 4 feet off the ground. There is a large black ant near the bottom of the picture. I hope they don’t become monster ants from eating the toxic juices of the plant. There could be a sci-fi thriller in the future if that happens. Watch this space.
As Previously Posted:
I remember that my mother grew some of these on the farm in Illinois when I was a kid. Their height of 10 – 12 feet was very impressive to a small boy.
Some of the leaves are 2 feet wide. I like their pronounced vein structure. They are casting shade on the smaller pepper plants below.
I was a skinny little kid. Mom was concerned that I was not eating enough. The doctor advised her to give me a daily large spoonful of castor oil just before the main meal. It turned out to be good medicine. It tasted so bad, I decided food was a better alternative. Very clever advice, doc. Did you know that the cartoon characters, Tom and Jerry, included awful tasting castor oil in one of their cartoons.
More details can be found at this link. Updates to growth progress will come later.