Posted: 04/08/2012 at 11:36
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.
I realise there is an unrelated Ricinus communis but it's not that one.
Nevertheless, whatever the correct name - the problem still remains!