I bought these plants beginning of summer from a funky little nursery on Home Ave, San Diego. Cannot remember the name of the store. The peanut plants were small and came in six pack.
- Planted my new peanuts in the flower bed
I have no experience at all in growing peanuts and read they need space but that is one thing I definitely did not have. I wanted to try them as an experiment to see how the pods develop.
Three of the plants didn’t make it – they flowered a little over summer with these small yellow flowers.
The plants flower and then the flowers develop into ‘pegs’ that burrow under the soil where the peanut pod grows.
When I was growing these, of course there wasn’t much to see…just little plants above ground with yellow flowers. One thing I did notice that was interesting was that the coupled leaves on the plant opened and closed according to sun and weather. I think they liked a bit of sun but when it was too hot, they folded together and closed up and then later in the day when it cooled a bit they would open again.
Peanut plant growing with everything else I could fit! The peanuts are in the foreground on the right 🙂
Peanut plant. They didn't really get too much bigger than this and remained close to the ground
Close up of peanut leaves that would close up like butterfly wings
So I had no idea what was really happening underground. I left then growing there for a few months – they didn’t do much, I wasn’t expecting much as the plants remained small and half of them didn’t make it.
Fast forward a few months from when it first started flowering, I decided to pull up the smallest plant. I was very pleasantly surprised to a couple of full sized peanuts underground! So today I harvested a handful of pods but now I’m not entirely sure what the do with them. Dry them? Wash the dirt off? I had already pulled them off the plants which were still green – after having done this already, I read on one site I should have left them on the plants to dry…oops. So now I have these wonderful little pods I can’t wait to eat! I will probably plant some of them too. My hubby said I should boil them in salt water. I also read each plant can produce as much as 40 pods. I’m pretty happy with my handful! Maybe next year I will focus more on soil requirements and watering needs and maybe harvest enough for both hubby and I to eat and maybe even enough to make to the processing time worth it!
Check out these pics
Biggest plant before I pulled it out. Maybe the size of a dinner plate
Look at those nuts!
Interesting looking peanut plant
My first ever homegrown handful of peanuts