We live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and we are very excited that our first Peanut plant has done well and produced. However before I harvest them I have a question. I understand how to dig them out and dry them but how do you get the dirt off of them? Should I wash after drying? Thank You for your time Mida Lambertson Pocomoke MD
You should only have to brush off the dirt, as the shell will be peeled off and thrown away. The dirt will promote natural curing.
Here is an article to give you more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/peanuts/post-harvest-peanut-curing.htm
I would like to grow ornamental peanut grass in Southern Ontario Canada. Is this possible? Will I have to replant it every year or would it withstand the winters? Thank you, Judy Gagnon
You will definitely have to replant each year. These will not withstand your temperature range. It can be grown in the warmer months, but will not do well when it is cold. "Wild Peanuts" can be aggressive, but they just will not tolerate the winters you receive there. This will be best used as an annual.
I read Bonnie L. Grants on ornamental perennial peanut. I have a large experimental section of perennial ornamental peanut in my 1 acre back yard in Ft Myers Fl (zone 9, 9a). Two years ago I cleared the area of weeds, planted ornamental perennial peanut, mulched and hand weeded. Today, 2 years later I cannot keep up with hand weeding and Bahia grass, Bermuda grass, sedge, dog fennel, and many other weeds have invaded. I keep a perimeter weed freed and mulched hoping the perennial peanut will spread. This area has a sprinkler system and gets water in the dry season. We do mow the perennial peanut. It looks healthy I just want to control or eliminate the weeds and invading grass. What can I use on the peanut to get rid of weeds and the unwanted grasses?
I am wanting to plant 4-6 peanut plants in a container. Am I needing a big round flower pot or square? What size dia & height do I need? Thx
The shape will not matter at all. 6 peanut plants will want a good 10 to 15 gallon size pot. This will often be too heavy to carry so place it where you want it before you plant. I recommend using separate 5 gallon containers for the best results, but planting them together will be fine also. The height won't matter so much either, as long as you have enough soil to support six peanut plants.
What is the method for planting the seeds? Everything we read is about the rhizomes.
I'm reading that perennial peanut seeds should be planted 1/2-3/4 inch deep in spring. The seeds germinate in 10-14 days. Use at a rate of 1 pound for 1,000 sq. ft. Water to keep moist until fully germinated and then regularly during the first summer. This species is rated for zones 8-11. It prefers a pH of 5.1 - 6.5.
Want to plant flowering perennial peanut plant in lieu of grass in a part of my yard (the side yard) in Jacksonville Beach, Fl. but don't know where to purchase.
We don't usually recommend places to purchase. I would check around with your local nurseries and garden centers, or online. Many online vendors will have what you are looking for on sites like Amazon, Etsy, or Ebay.
We do, however, offer information on the growth and care of them! This collection of articles will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/peanuts/caring-for-ornamental-peanuts.htm
You will need to find the extension service in your area and ask for a Field Estimate table. Here's an example of one from Texas to help: http://publications.tamu.edu/PEANUTS/PUB_peanuts_Field%20Estimate%20Technique%20for%20Peanut%20Yield.pdf
Here's a collection of articles that may help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/search?q=peanut%20planting