My Castor Oil plant is dying

The Bird LadyThe Bird Lady Posts: 108

We have an established Castor Oil Plant which has suddenly started to die back in great chunks.  The whole plant has taken on a pale green hue rather than the darker green that it normally has.  To me it looks as though it's had too much water so perhaps the extra rain that we've had this year has affected it.  Has anyone else had this problem?  I have fed it but nothing's changed.  I don't want to move it unless I really have to.  Do these plants have any particular bugs?  I've always found them to be fairly robust in the past so it's quite a worry.

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  • I have found in the past that mine has sometimes looked very sorry for itself and i thought I was going to lose it but then it seems to suddenly pick up and come back to life.  Yes, they are a robust plant. 

    This year though mine is looking the best it has looked for a few years and thought it was all the rain we have had !!  It is such a funny year for plants they just don't know what is happening.  Lots of strange bugs and things as well - I think if it was me I would leave it and see how it goes next year.

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    Can I just ask a question, I thought that these are tender, how are you over wintering them?

  • The Bird LadyThe Bird Lady Posts: 108

    Well, they certainly are hardy where I live - down on the south coast - I can't speak for other areas obviously.  There have been some winter mornings when the whole plant seems to have been frozen solid but it soon thaws out again and seems quite happy.

  • Jean GenieJean Genie Posts: 1,724

    Hi Bird Lady - just a thought. Are you sure it's a caster oil plant ? Fatsia 's look very similar but are totally unrelated and are hardy plants . Wouldn't have thought it would survive a winter in any part of the country.

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    I am in the south-east, I just assumed that when the first frost came they would collapse, this is my first year growing them, it would be great if they survived.image

  • Jean GenieJean Genie Posts: 1,724

    Am I to assume that everyone knows caster oil plants are extremely poisonous ?

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    Jean I am not planning on letting anyone else in my garden this year image

  • Jean GenieJean Genie Posts: 1,724

    Ha - Just remember the ricin bit !

  • The Bird LadyThe Bird Lady Posts: 108
    jean riley wrote (see)

    Hi Bird Lady - just a thought. Are you sure it's a caster oil plant ? Fatsia 's look very similar but are totally unrelated and are hardy plants . Wouldn't have thought it would survive a winter in any part of the country.

    It's Fatsia Japonica, also known as Aralia, or the Castor Oil Plant. We've always referred to them as CO Plants, sorry for any confusion.  image

    I realise there is an unrelated Ricinus communis but it's not that one.

    Nevertheless, whatever the correct name - the problem still remains! image

     

  • Jean GenieJean Genie Posts: 1,724

    Oh my word - I've got something right. I shall have a delve around .  Have you checked the soil around the plant for beasties ?

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