The Q&A Archives: Looking For Peanut Bush

Question: I'am looking for a "Peanut Bush", I have searched and searched with no luck, I know my mom planted one when I was little and it was very interesting,(how many kids know how peanuts grow, especially in this day and age!) I would like to do the same for my kids but can't find one ....can you help me?

Answer: You can grow a peanut plant from an unprocessed (raw) peanuts found in health food stores, or by ordering a package of peanut seeds from Burpee (800/888-1447). Shell the peanuts but don't remove the reddish outcoat from the seeds. Sow seeds 2" deep and about 5" apart, then thin plants to about 10" apart. When the plants are about 1' tall, hill the earth around the base of each plant. Long pointed pegs grow from faded flowers and will grow down into the hills where peanuts will form. Peanuts take a long, warm summer (120 days) so get your seeds started as soon as possible.

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