The Q&A Archives: Covering Peanut Blooms

Question: I have been told that for peanuts to successfully produce that you need to cover the blooms but I have not found any information to back this up? Do you have any information that agrees or disagrees with this growing method?

Answer: Peanut plants produce flowers just above or at ground level. Pegs (also called peduncles)develop from faded flowers and grow downward (1"-3")into the soil. A peanut will grow on the end of each peg. To help matters along, lay down a light mulch, such as straw or dried grass clippings, so pegs will have no difficulty penetrating the soil. Don't cover the blossoms, but wait until the pegs form, then add mulch material around the base of the plant.

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