Peanuts grow on small plants that are surprisingly easy to grow at home. Children love them, especially because of their unique propagation method!
What you need:
- A medium or large pot
- Compost/sand mix
- A raw peanut in its shell
- All you need to plant a peanut plant is a nut. Any unsalted, unroasted nut that you’d buy to eat. Peanuts with their shells are preferable because shelled nuts can be dry, but its best to take the peanut out of its shell before planting.
- Plant one nut about 1 inch deep in a well-drained pot filled with sandy compost. Water it and then cover with plastic wrap or a plastic bag to keep it warm and moist.
- As peanut plants grow over the summer, their leaves look like clover. Eventually you’ll see yellow flowers.
- After flowering, the plant grows a stem downwards and into the soil, and ‘plants’ a seed in the ground. This is why soft, sandy soil is important! (And why kids love to watch peanuts grow).
- By the autumn, peanuts will be growing under the surface of the soil. You can eat them or re-plant them, or offer them as bird seed. Whatever you do, it’s an entertaining plant to have in the house!
Adapted from Growing Stuff, An Alternative Guide to Gardening