Growing Peanuts: The Complete Guide to Plant, Grow, and Harvest Peanuts
Would you like to take a guess what the biggest ‘go-to’ snack option is around my house?
It isn’t potato chips or snack cakes. It is actually everything peanut based. We snack on nuts and will literally just go get a big spoonful of peanut butter.
Honestly, I think it’s because it doesn’t take much to fill you up when you eat peanuts since it has protein, but we all do it and it helps keep our snacking to a minimum.
So with eating all of those peanuts, it is important to know all about growing peanuts too. That is what I’ll be discussing with you. We are going to cover all of our bases (hopefully) so let’s get started:
Growing Peanuts – Plant Info:
- Hardiness Zones: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
- Soil: Sandy, loam, PH between 6.0 to 6.5, well-drained
- Sun Exposure: Full sun, at least 6 hours of sun per day
- Start Indoors: 2 to 4 weeks before the last frost date
- Hardening Off: 2 weeks before transplanting outdoors
- Transplant Outdoors: 2 to 3 weeks after the last frost date, when soil temperature is about 65 degrees Fahrenheit
- Spacing: 6 to 8 inches between plants and 12 to 24 inches between rows
- Depth: 1 to inches seed depth
- Best Companions: Potato, beet, cabbage, carrot, celery, celeriac, cucumber, eggplant, peas, radish, strawberry, savory, marigold, tansy, lettuce
- Worst Companions: Corn, pole beans, basil, fennel, onion, kohlrabi
- Watering: Regularly, 1 to 2 inches of water per week, stop watering when harvest time draws near
- Fertilizing: Side dress with low nitrogen fertilizer after planting, apply calcium rich fertilizer during flowering
- Common Problems: Armyworms, thrips, velvet bean caterpillar, root knot nematode, two-spotted spider mite, botrytis blight, charcoal rot, early leaf spot, cylindrocladium black rot, late leaf spot, phyllosticta leaf spot, rust, sclerotinia spot, southern stem spot, verticillium wilt, web blotch, stunt, tomato spotted virus, peanut bud necrosis
- Harvest: After 85 to 130 days of sowing
Growing Peanuts – Varieties:
There are a wide variety of peanuts, but they can be broken down into four main categories. Here are the four categories: