The Q&A Archives: Peanuts in Upstate New York.

Question: I live in Upstate New York and would like to try growing peanuts. I would start the pants inside in late spring and transplant outside in early summer. I would like to know if I place an order for peanuts when they would arrive or if I could some how get them early? Also do you have any suggestions as to how I could be successful at growing this Southern crop in Upstate New York?

Answer: Depending on variety, peanuts need "only" about 120 days to ripen, with a recommended 4 or more frost-free months. They should be planted when the soil has had some time to warm (about when the maple trees leaf out) and do best on a sandy loam soil. One way to help them along is to use raised beds in a location with a southern exposure and out of the wind. You might also try covering the soil with black plastic or a cold frame of sorts to help it warm faster in the spring. Unfortunately, while you could start them early indoors in my experience it is really hard to transplant them successfully into the garden, they just seem to need to be planted where they are to grow. To verify availability, you might wish to call Burpee at 1-800-888-1447. Good luck with your experiment!

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