I cannot quite express the excitement I felt as I got home today. Walking up the drive I could see a flash of colour in my window…
A few months ago, my mom gave me a present of a few sprouting monkey nuts. I dutifully planted my little peanuts into a pot of soil but not much happened. However, wrapping the pot in a polythene bag and leaving them on a sunny windowsill boosted their growth and, before I knew it, pretty little green leaves started appearing.
Slowly they grew and grew until there were four, bushy plants sitting in the sun. Happy days!
The theory goes that, when the peanut plant has matured, little, yellow flowers will appear. These will quickly wilt before a stem will appear from out of the curled up blossom. Gravity will then cause this to bury into the soil where the monkey nut will grow. Now, peanuts thrive in a hot, humid climate which does not exactly match with central England so my efforts have been met with some scepticism! So, imagine my excitement when I spy that speck of yellow blossom from afar. Yes, my peanut plant has its FIRST FLOWER!
I know my plants are relatively small and I have no idea if anything will come of them, but if I get one peanut from this adventure I will be so happy!
Have any of you tried this before? Let me know about your experiences!