Did you know you can grow peanuts indoors? You can! Growing a peanut plant is a fun project for all ages. Kids will love watching the odd way the plant grows. Adults will get a kick out of it too! But you have to be patient because it will take about five months before you get peanuts. And then you might be surprised at how strange the raw peanuts taste. They can taste like and have the texture of raw peas. But you can roast them in your oven by following the instructions below.
To grow a peanut plant, you need to start out with peanut seeds or unshelled raw peanuts (not dry roasted). If you can find raw peanuts in the shell at your grocery store then you are all set. If you can’t find any raw peanuts and you can’t find any peanut seeds, you can order peanut seeds online.
You will need a big pot to grow your peanut plant. And you will need sandy soil. You can buy any potting soil and add a bit of clean sand to the mix. You want the soil to be loose and a bit on the dry side. If you don’t have sand to mix in the potting soil, don’t worry about it. Chances are your peanut plant will still grow.
Fill your pot with the soil then crack open the shell of two or three raw peanuts (leave the shell on) and stick the peanuts in the soil spaced evenly in the soil. Stick the peanuts about 2 inches deep. Then just water the soil until it’s moist. After that, all you have to do is keep the soil watered and wait!
When your peanut plant starts to grow, it will sprout long, hairy shoots. Those shoots will eventually develop into flowers. As the flowers wither and die, a stalk will come out of the flower and it will find its way down into the soil. Then the seed of the flower will travel through the stalk and it will also make its way into the soil, then it will turn into a peanut! Every stalk that successfully makes its way to the soil will grow a peanut.
After five months from when you started your plant, it should be ready to dig up. Just dig up the entire plant and shake all the soil off. Then let the entire plant air dry for about two weeks. After it has dried, you can remove the peanuts. Crack one open and taste it! Tastes like peas, right? If you like the raw taste you can eat all your peanuts as is. If you want to roast them, just place the peanuts (leave them in the shell) on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven (preheat to 350 degrees) for 30 minutes. It’s a long wait to get those peanuts, but the fun you have watching the plant grow is worth it!
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