So the first two of three successful seedpods have ripened and been harvested. I'm planting the seeds in the next day or two and will post pics if/when anything sprouts!
So Pax, you start your plants now? ...must confess......................... I snatched a seedpod. What a life of crime my old-age has brought on
I figured, and this is only conjecture on my part, that if perennial seeds ripen in summer then summer would be just as good a time to plant as any other, and sowing "fresh" seed is always better than their aged counterparts. Assuming they'll sprout within a week or two there'll be plenty of time for them to grow substantial enough roots to be able to endure the winter (if they're mulched properly) and sprout out again when their normal time arrives next spring. But now that you mention it I might throw the third pod in the fridge for the time being, just in case. As for your new, criminal endeavours I have yet to meet a gardener who wouldn't gladly part with a seedpod, but only if they're asked first
We had one once that could only have developed from a bird dropping it in our yard---or at least that is what the County Extension Service surmised.
My goodness that must've been BigBird flying over your yard then - castor beans are rather large! I had some a few years ago myself, mostly red stems and foliage, and they got quite tall as well (7, maybe 8'!)
you garden Orchids too right?