Castor Bean Plants Get Rid of Voles - Carolina Country

A Giant Among Castor Beans

Cindy Pyo, Fayetteville, a member of Lumbee River EMC

A Giant Among Castor Beans

This monster castor bean plant helps solve the mystery of Jack and the Bean Stalk — he must have had a castor bean! This plant is much bigger than all my other castor bean plants. You can see a normal castor bean just to the left of the monster with the red ball seed pods. I started growing castor beans to ward off the terrible voles of North Carolina. Instead of buying MoleMax, which uses castor oil but has to be reapplied every few months, the roots of the castor bean have driven the voles from my 3-acre yard. Yea!

Comments (3)

  • When do i plant castor plants in Rockingham NC

    Clarence Lilly | October 30, 2019 | reply

    • In Carolina Country, castor bean is a tender annual that is best planted around May when the soil temperatures have warmed up. Plants can be found for sale at some nurseries at that time, but castor bean seeds are VERY easy to grow, so I would go that route.

      L.A. Jackson | October 31, 2019 | reply

  • Thanks

    Clarence Lilly | October 31, 2019 | reply

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