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Storage of Castor bean seeds

Posted by treekeeper z7 NC (My Page) on
Wed, Nov 26, 03 at 10:51

For winter storage, should Castor Bean seeds be refrigerated
or frozen? Thanks, Dale

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RE: Storage of Castor bean seeds

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!

RE: Storage of Castor bean seeds

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

RE: Storage of Castor bean seeds

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

RE: Storage of Castor bean seeds

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a MI (My Page) on
    Wed, Jan 21, 04 at 20:18

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.


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