NAME: Physic Nut Tree
OTHER COMMON NAMES: Barbados Nut / Purging Nut / Jatropha
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Jatropha Curcas
COLOR: Pale Yellow
PLANT SEEDS: Outdoors after frost / Indoors weeks before last frost
PLANT HEIGHT: 12 - 15’
PLANT SPACING: 5 - 7’
BLOOM TIME: Mid Summer
HARDINESS ZONE: 9 - 11
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS: Sun
SOIL & WATER PREFERENCES: Average - Dry
QUANTITY: 10 Seeds
OTHER: This plant is used for the manufacture of organic diesel fuel, insecticides, anti fungal agents and soaps. If you wish to make your own insecticide/fungicide with this plant, be careful of the nuts. All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested, so be very cautious about human (or animal) consumption. First, dry the nuts completely. Second, crush the nuts to a fine powder. Third, soak nut powder in petroleum ether until the ether is evaporated. The residue is your insecticide. Use it sparingly, about 1 Tbsp/Gal. As the Physic Nut Tree becomes more popular as a source for bio-diesel production, the market will likely expand for this seed. It grows very easily from seed and sets seed every time it blooms. Butterflies just love it and joyfully pollinate it. These tree do grow quickly. Mine was around 2 feet tall when I planted it and in its second year it has grown to about 15 ft.
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