Peanuts – Storing For Planting

Q: I have some green peanuts that I would like to save to plant next spring. Should I freeze them or just dry them out and store them in a dry cool place?

A: Dry the peanuts in the shell and save them in a cool place until next spring. You can plant them outdoors in early May, when the soil is very warm. Take care cracking the peanuts to get the seed: broken nuts will not germinate. Plant them an inch deep and eight inches apart in sandy soil. Soil consistency is important because the peanut flowers must “peg” into it. If lots of clay is present, the pegs will not grow into the nuts you enjoy.

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