Peanut plant, 6in - Floral Acres Greenhouse & Garden Centre

Peanut plant, 6in

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The Peanut Plant is actually a legume related to peas and beans and have a unique growing habit. The yellow flowers will bloom above ground, and the fruit and their seeds develop at the end of the live shoots.

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Attributes

Type: Tropical
Height: 1 ft - 2 ft
Spread: 2 ft - 3 ft
Light: Full Sun
Water: Regular
Zone: 8 - 11
Pet Safe: Toxic

Care

General Maintenance: If you live in an area where summers are long and warm with at least 120 to 150 frost-free days, you are in the right location to grow peanuts. However, they can also be grown indoors, in pots!

Temperature: The ideal growing temperature for peanuts is between 86 and 93 degrees Fahrenheit. Higher temperatures may lead to flower damage.

Light: Peanuts need full sun for at least eight hours per day.

Watering: When watering, avoid wetting the leaves and use drip irrigation if possible. The soil should be moist but not saturated.

Soil: Peanuts grow best in loose, well-drained, sandy loam. Avoid poorly drained and hard clay soil. Do not plant peanuts in the same space where you have grown other legumes (beans or peas) in previous years.

Fertilizer: Peanuts need calcium in the upper 6 inches of the soil where the pods grow. Amendment with bone meal or another source of calcium at the time of planting can help with this. Peanuts are a legume that fixes its own nitrogen in the soil if rhizobium bacteria are present. Therefore, peanuts do not need additional nitrogen fertilizer. However, if you plant them in a location where peanuts have never been grown before, it might be a good idea to add a peanut inoculant to the soil at the time of planting which stimulates the roots to grow the nodules that fix nitrogen in the soil. Note that peanuts are extremely susceptible to fertilizer burn, so if you do feed, do so before seeding and make sure to thoroughly work any fertilizer into the soil.
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