This selection (#2183) from the Dr. Blackmon's LSU breeding program from the southern U.S. is another outstanding selection of groundnut producing uniform, high yielding delicious groundnuts. To make your groundnut planting more successful, we suggest you use a top dressing of pelletized chicken manure 2-3 times during the growing season to really bolster the vines. Having the vines trellised also helps with increasing yields so for this one use something at least 5 ft. tall. It will also improve flowering and pea set if you want to grow it as an additional in the shell pea crop.
In a more northern climate this variety of groundnut may take two years to really establish and yield like it does in the south. But it has done well in Michigan and is the largest groundnut we have plus it yields well. This variety means creating a two year rotation with harvesting or just enjoy the smaller 1-2 inch size tubers the first year. Tubers will grow up to 3 inches or more the second year. The second year tubers do not become woody and are just as delicious as the first year tubers. This groundnut also has fairly compact short compact clustering along the rhizome which really is must if you are harvesting them by hand as they all come out in one piece without a lot of extra stolons.
Irrigation is a good idea if you have dry periods during the summer. Remember this is a plant that is found in wetlands or soils that remain moist during the summer. However people have had success with it in other climates and soils. Not particularly shade tolerant but will survive in light shade but yields will decrease as the shade density increases.
|Genus & Species||Apios americana|
|Seed Source||Southern U.S.|
|Hardiness||-20F root hardy or more.|
|Pollination Requirements||Unknown for pea production but likely would need other selections nearby.Said to be quite productive in the southern U.S.|
|Soil||Likes high organic soil with good drainage. Adaptable to other soil types.|
|Climate||Zone 6-10. Long season is ideal for larger tubers but is fine in zone 5.|
|Ease of Cultivation||You cannot fail. Easy to grow onto a trellis. Do not let dry out for extended periods. Nutty 2 is a good one for consistent yields here in southern Michigan.|