Peanut Planting and Growing Tips
I live in Clovis, Ca and I just got some raw peanuts at the market. When is the good time for me to plant them?
There is a jay bird who frequents my yard and plants peanuts. It will use rocks to break open the shell, and then bury the open shell-and-nut to grow in window box planters, in the parking strip, under the spruce tree; all over the place. Presumably it’s trying to grow more peanuts.
I live in the England, in the south. Yesterday I found 3 peanut seedling growing in a potted plant in my garden. I assume this was thanks to the squirrels that I get in the garden. At first I thought it was clover growing but when I pulled them out the peanut was at the base.
I have now re potted them separately to grow on and will put them in the garden in about a months time to see if I can produce nuts. Never had this before but we did have record temperatures over the just month of over 24 degrees. A case of watch this space I think!
I also live in the south of England and have squirrels visiting my garden. I feed them peanuts in their shells (I know that's naughty but they are soooo cute), I am always finding peanut plants in my garden cos they have a habit of burying them as part of their winter stash. Having read this I might try letting some of them grow on to full sized plants for a bit of fun.
I live in Texas, Zone 10, and I’m interested in growing peanuts as a ground cover. Will planted raw unharvested peanuts work or do I need a certain variety do do that?
Raw peanuts will work fine. However you may need to call around to find peanuts that haven't been irradiated. Or whatever is done to them to stop them from growing. Floresville, TX used to be a big peanut growing area. You are south of us here around San Antonio. Call your local seed dealers to see who may have good peanuts. There is Pouge Seed in Kenedy. TX too. They might be able to get you peanuts. I have grown Spanish and also the larger varieties, the larger peanuts will be growing a little longer than the Spanish.
Another way to enjoy peanuts is to boil them. Boiled peanuts are common in the South and are often sold by vendors at events like fairs, automobile races, etc. To prepare, you just boil in very salty water until the nuts are soft. They are best eaten while still warm.
Back in the 60's my Dad used to buy raw peanuts just for snacking on, not for planting. One day I took a few pods and planted them in a pot on my bedroom window sill. I had never seen a peanut plant before (waaay before the internet) and was pleasantly surprised when they started to grow. I had no idea what to expect. I was rewarded with very attractive plants with pretty flowers which surprised me even more after they faded and started to send shoots down into the soil. What a lovely botany experiment for children. If you can get your hands on some raw peanuts it's a wonderful at home science experiment that you can enjoy with your children.