Growing peanuts (Arachis hypogaea) is always a fun project: fascinating for kids and adults alike. The plants initially produce clumps of leafy stems, about 18 to 30 inches tall; then you’ll notice small yellow flowers forming near the base of the stems. The flowers mature into slender, pointed “pegs” that plunge down into the soil, and the seedpods form on those, below the surface.
The flowers continue to bloom until frost, so the peanuts mature at different times, but you have to harvest them all at once, by pulling or gently digging up the plants after frost in fall. Not all of the pods will contain mature seeds, but many will. On this rare Ecuadorian-type strain, known as ‘Jungle Striped’ or ‘Sundance Striped’, the seeds inside the pods have orange skins and irregular purple stripes. My original seeds came from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.
Full sun; loose soil. Grow as an annual. Peanuts are a heat-loving crop that produces best in southern climates, but I have pretty good luck growing them in containers in my greenhouse here in Pennsylvania. (Growing in pots, rather than in the ground, makes harvesting very easy too.)
For most people, the seeds are edible: raw, boiled, roasted, or cooked in some other fashion. Obviously (but worth mentioning anyway), don’t eat them if you have or suspect you have a peanut allergy.
2021-harvested seeds sold out. I’m not sure yet if I will grow ‘Jungle Striped’ in 2022. You’ll receive at least 4 pods (at least 6 seeds total). I may have split the pods to make sure there are mature seeds inside. It’s best to keep the seeds in the pods until you plant, though, so they don’t completely dry out.
Please read the germination information as well before ordering.