Plant Care Ricinus
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Ricinus

Also known as

Castor bean, Castor bean, Castor oil plant and Ricininae

Taxonomy

Ricinus communis
Ricinus
Euphorbiaceae
Malpighiales

How to care for Ricinus

Water

How often to water your Ricinus

Water needs for Ricinus
0.5 cups
every 9

Ricinus needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Ricinus

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Castor bean in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Ricinus: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Ricinus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Ricinus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Ricinus in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Ricinus

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Ricinus: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Ricinus after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Ricinus is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Toxicity
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Ricinus

Ricinus

Ricinus


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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