Excellent Nitrogen Fixing Plant For the Shade of Other Trees and Shrubs
This is a selected hog peanut variety known for its delicious tubers,robust growth and potentially higher yields. This is considered the shade form of the hog peanut. Compared to others we have grown, we think 'Crispy Snack' is more productive with slightly larger tubers. The bean sized tubers are produced on small rhizome type plants that reach roughly 6 inches in height and 2-3 foot long. It also produces small amounts of seeds in small pea like pods. The underground peanut like beans are high in protein and are hard to find in the soil. As a result we have resulted to growing them in raised beds designed to protect them from rodents. Once established this plant grows prolifically in full shade. Only a few tubers are needed and once established it will spread given the right growing conditions. For this reason, it may not be the best flower garden plant but would be the very best for tree crop and orchards that want a nitrogen fixing legume helping the trees increase production.
Tubers are shipped in the dormant season-spring and fall. We include a mix of sizes. This is a tuber spread plant and mostly voles are responsible for its distribution in a woodland setting. They often will cache them and you will see some areas previously loaded previous years disappear the following year. That is the life of the hog peanut. The tuber is completely encapsulated in a skin which slips off effortlessly or can be washed off along with the dirt that adheres to it. Using landscape fabric, you can trap the tuber and screen it. This is the easiest way we have found to harvesting in quantities. These tubers can be planted spring and fall starting in early to mid October.
|Genus & Species||Amphicarpaea bracteata|
|Pollination Requirements||Self fertile. Produces both ground level and above ground flowers.|
|Climate||Zones 3-7. Unknown how far south it can go.|
|Ease of Cultivation||Super easy to produce. Harvesting is tricky and you may need to produce them in a container to get the best in production. The tubers are camo'd and are hard to find sometimes. Lovely flavor to search out in the fall.|