Storage of Castor bean seeds

treekeeperNovember 26, 2003

For winter storage, should Castor Bean seeds be refrigerated

or frozen? Thanks, Dale

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Merlene(z8 WA)

I've had good luck with taking the beans out of the pod, air drying them, and storing them in a glass jar. I haven't tried refrigerating or freezing, so I can't comment on that.
Have a good day!

    Bookmark   December 4, 2003 at 3:25PM
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JohnnieB(Washington, DC 7a/b)

I've had no problem overwintering them at room temperature. For long term storage (2 or more years) refrigeration may help.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2003 at 1:56PM
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sleeplessinftwayne(z4-5 IND)

Please remember that all parts of the castor bean plant are poisonous and store accordingly.-Sandy

    Bookmark   January 12, 2004 at 11:38PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

They don't need cold stratification, so I would be reluctant to refrigerate unless in an airtight container. Frost free refrigerators dry exposed seeds quickly.

I had some seeds I had kept for 5 or more years in a hard cardboard box with a tight lid, in my basement. I gave them to a friend & she had good success with germination.


    Bookmark   January 21, 2004 at 8:18PM
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