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Growing peanuts - that's how it's done


Do you also like to eat peanuts? Then just grow them yourself. How this works and what you need to consider when growing peanuts can be read here.

Just grow peanuts yourself

The peanut, which is so popular as a snack, actually belongs to South America. With a little love and a greenhouse or conservatory, it can also be grown relatively easily here in Germany. Try it.

Cultivation

You only need a fresh peanut to grow them. Of course, this should not be salted or roasted. I have had very good experiences with these Tropica seeds. You have to peel the nut and put it in a small pot with moist growing soil or special cactus soil. Then you have to wait until it germinates.

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It is best to cover the pot with a transparent film. This allows you to increase the humidity inside and accelerate the germination time.

During the germination period you have to remember that the peanut in the soil must be kept constantly moist. You also need to set up the pot in a warm and light-flooded place (e.g. on a window sill).

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As soon as the peanut plant is strong enough, you can plant it in a new pot with soil that is as sandy as possible (alternatively, you can also use cactus soil).

Maintenance

Location:

A winter garden or a glass greenhouse is usually the ideal location for a peanut. Whereby she clearly prefers temperatures around 25 to 30 degrees with strong sunlight.

In the meantime, however, breeding plants and seeds are also available in specialist shops, which largely adapt to our latitudes. However, you should never shade or plant peanuts!

Peanut plants need a lot of sun

To water:

You should then supply peanut plants with as little water as possible in spring and summer. During this time, the plants also develop a short flowering period, which usually lasts only one or two days. The fruit stalk then grows directly into the soil and forms its fruits (nuts) there.

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You should always put peanuts in a water-permeable pot, as they do not accept any waterlogging.

In autumn you will have to reduce the water supply significantly. In winter you can usually do without watering entirely. Unless you keep the peanut plants in a very warm room where they dry out too much. Then, however, it is advisable to sprinkle the peanuts briefly with a water sprayer, which at the same time also increases the air humidity in the room.

Fertilize:

You should fertilize peanuts moderately with a complete fertilizer or vegetable fertilizer every four weeks in spring and summer.

Harvest

As soon as the leaves of the peanut plants turn yellow, the nuts in the soil are also largely mature and can be harvested. You have to pull the plant together with the root out of the pot.

You need to pluck the peanuts and dry them

Then you have to pluck the legumes and dry them first before you eat the fresh peanuts or can use them to grow new plants in the coming winter / spring.

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You should definitely dispose of the harvested roots on the compost, as they are extremely nutritious.