Mesilla Red Peanuts

mesillaMy seed for this variety came from J&L Gardens Seeds and Plant Research in New Mexico. I could not resist trying another short season peanut in the quest for finding the best varieties suitable for growing in the north. J&L reports that this cultivar has been selected over a number of years and are adapted to growing in a zone 5 at an elevation of 6000 feet.

They were the first peanuts I harvested (110) days. J&L list them at 90-100 days. I am sure with a few seasons of adaptation, these would produce earlier than 110 days here in northern Indiana. I have found with almost any crop, that once you grow them in a new geographic location, it takes a number of seasons and prudent selection to bring out an attribute like earliness. They were fairly productive and with a good flavor.

I am offering these in a very limited supply. If you are looking for other “cool weather” mesilla-2varieties and/or varieties suited for zone 5 higher elevations, I would suggest checking out J&L Gardens many varieties.

Peanuts can be started as plants indoors or direct seeded after all danger of frost has passed. Remove the seeds from the shells before planting. Sow 1″-2″ deep and 6″-12″ apart in rows or beds. Peanuts are slow to germinate, so be patient. Once the plant emerges keep well- weeded as peanuts grow slowly at first. By mid-summer, the plants will begin to flower and tendrils (fruiting penduncles) will emerge from the bottom of the branches and bury themselves into the soil. Each of these penduncles will grow into a peanut. At this time be careful when cultivating so as not to disturb or uproot the penduncles. When the plant nears full maturity the leaves will begin to yellow. Some years I have had to pull my plants before this happens because of an early frost. Your yield will be less than at full maturity, but still well worth the effort. The harvested plants are laid out on benches and the peanuts sprayed with water to remove dirt. Allow to dry in the sun for a few hours, then bring the plants into a shed to dry for a week or so. When the plants are fully dry it is easy to remove the peanuts. Bring your peanuts indoors for another 4-6 weeks to continue the drying process before storage

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