Amruth Home Garden

Amruth HomeGarden draws strength from our age old healing traditions. Generations of our ancestors have spent their lifetime to study plants growing in their neighbourhood and to find out their healing properties for their day to day health care needs.

Ricinus communis

  • Eerand (Marathi)

Description: An annual or perennial bush or occasionally a softwooded small tree. Leaves green or reddish, palmately 5 to 11 lobed, lobes serrate and petioles with conspicuous glands. Flowers monoecious, in spikes, with the staminate flowers on the lower and the pistillate flowers on the upper part of the axis. Capsules covered with soft spine-like processes and dehiscinginto three 2 valved cocci. Deeds oblong, smooth, variously coloured, mottled, varying much in size.

How to Grow: The plant is usually cultivated in field as kharif or intercrop for commercial cultivation. The seeds are sown in seed beds with 1 X 2 m spacing. Soaking the seeds for about 12 hours prior to sowing improves germination.

Care regime: It requires well-drained soil, preferably sandy loam, clayey deep red loams, black soils or alluvial soils. It requires hard dry climate for proper development of fruits and seeds.

Parts Used: seeds yield oil

Collection: The pods should be harvested when it turns slightly blackish in colour. Castor begins to produce fruits after 90 days from sowing. The seeds are beaten with stick an winnowed. Roots, leaves, flowers, seeds and oil constitute economic parts.

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Suggested Citation: B. S. Somashekhar, G. S. Goraya, D. K. Ved, Unnikrishnan P. M., Ravikumar K., Gangadharan G. G., Suma Tagadur Sureshchandra, Shilpa Naveen, Vijay Srinivas, Venugopal S. N.; Additional inputs: Soumyashree N., Sagar D. Sangale.
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