8 Simple Steps to Grow Your Own Peanuts at Home

Welcome to the GIY (Grow It Yourself) lifestyle! Don’t worry if space for a traditional garden is limited (or non-existent). Peanuts are a hardy plant that can grow on a deck, patio, windowsill, or countertop in a container. A single peanut plant can easily produce a bountiful harvest of 30-40 delicious nuts.

The growing season for peanuts is from 130 to 160 days, which is why it is often considered a Southern crop. However, peanuts can grow in northern regions too, just start them indoors until the ground is at least 65 degrees.

Ready to get started? Let’s go!

  1. Pick a location for your peanut that gets at least 8 hours of direct sunlight and has loose, rich, well-drained soil. Growing in a pot? Make sure it is at least 18-20 inches across and 18 inches deep per plant.
  2. Break open a raw peanut shell to expose the seeds. Plant the seeds at least 2 inches into the soil. Water once a week and make sure you don’t over water your plant.
  3. When plants produce a yellow flower (30-40 days) mound soil around the base of the plant so peanut ‘pegs’ can push into the soil.
  4. Once ‘pegs’ develop, keep soil consistently moist.
  5. Stop watering about two weeks before harvesting peanuts (130-160 days).
  6. When the foliage begins to turn yellow, carefully check the soil and hand-pull the plant. Shake off excess soil and allow the entire plant to dry with the peanuts on it for about a week.
  7. Cut the peanut pods from the plant and spread in a single layer in a cool, dry place to cure for two to three weeks.
  8. Enjoy!

Share your peanut parent journey on Instagram with #GrowPeanuts.

Here are some ideas on what you can do with your peanuts:

  • Make Boiled Peanuts.
  • Roast the Perfect Peanuts.

Check out our peanut recipes that we’re sure you’ll love just as much as we do. Some of our favorites are:

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