Indoor Peanut Growing – Learn How To Grow Peanuts Indoors:
Growing peanuts indoors is not only safe but also very easy. You do not need any special equipment or skills to start growing peanuts indoors. There are several advantages of growing your own peanuts indoors such as; cost effective, no danger of pests, ease of maintenance and so much more. Let’s learn how to grow your own peanuts in containers!
What Are Peanuts?
Peanuts are members of the legume family. They are small, hardy plants with dark green leaves and white flowers. They have been cultivated since ancient times and their seeds were used for food. Today they are grown in tropical countries like India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand where they provide a good source of protein for those living there. Peanuts also make great gifts because of their unique shape which makes them look cute when wrapped up!
How Do I Grow Peanuts?
There are various ways to grow peanuts indoors. Some methods include; using plastic tubs, pots and even the ground. One of the easiest and cheapest method is to use plastic tubs. These can be purchased at most grocery stores. Other than being cheap, these containers also come in handy if you want to save money or space during your indoor gardening project.
What You Need:
- 2 Gallon Bucket or Container (Or anything that can hold at least 5 gallons of soil)
- Potting Soil
- Package Of Peanuts (You can also plant one in the ground using seeds)
- Knife or Something To Poke Holes In The Ground (Optional)
- Watering Can (Or anything similar that can water the soil)
- What You Have To Do:
1. Fill the container with potting soil leaving some room at the top for peanuts.
2. Either plant peanuts in the container or wait until spring and plant them in the ground.
The method is slightly different so you have to decide which one is right for you.
a) If planting in the container, wait until early spring when the soil has warmed up. Make a small whole in the center of your container and drop in 1/2 of a peanut into the hole. Cover it back up with some of the soil and water the container.
b) If planting in the ground, plant your peanuts about 10 inches apart from each other. Water them every day until the ground has warmed up.
3. Soon you will start to see green leaves growing out of the soil.
It is at this time that you need to start watering the plants regularly. You can also buy some fertilizer to help with the growth process.
4. Continue watering and feeding the plant until early summer when you should start to see peanuts forming on the plants.
5. When the time comes to pick the peanuts, it is best to pick them every other day so they do not have a chance to fall to the ground and cause a mess.
You can store your peanuts in a jar or something similar until you are ready to use them.
If the soil is dry, then water it!
Do not over water it either, the soil should be moist, not drenched.
Do not pick all the peanuts at once; pick them every other day or so.
If your plant has yellowed leaves, then it might be getting too much sun. You can move it to a shadier location or you can just leave it alone and they will eventually fall off by themselves.
Watch out for pests such as aphids, they can really damage your plants. You can purchase some ladybugs to eat all the aphids or you can just wash them off.
If you don’t pick your peanuts in time they will fall to the ground and cause a mess!
Why Peanuts Are Great:
Peanuts are very high in protein. In fact they have more protein than meat! Peanuts are also very high in vitamins and minerals. They have twice as much magnesium than most other types of nuts and are an excellent source of fiber!
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