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Peanut, Jumbo Virginia

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Extra-large peanuts with rich flavor.

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Jumbo Virginia is a tasty peanut with 1 or 2 extra-large nuts per pod. For maximum productivity, the vines need to be frost free for 4-5 months and grow best in well-drained soil. Under favorable conditions, plant yields 50-60 pods. One pound of seed will plant a 75 ft. row.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

120 days

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

24-36 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

12-18 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

Planting Time The recommended time of the year in which this product should be planted.


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How to Sow

  • Peanuts need a long, hot growing season to fully mature. They will not fully mature in areas that do not have at least 4-5 months of frost-free weather.
  • Sow seeds directly outdoors after the last frost.
  • Plant in full sun in loose, well-drained soil. Peanuts prefer a slightly alkaline soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Shell the seeds before sowing. Be careful to not damage the skin on the seeds.
  • Create a furrow 2 inches deep and sow seeds 4-6 inches apart, being careful not to damage the tender seeds.
  • Space rows 3 feet apart.
  • Seeds germinate in 10-15 days.
  • When plants are 2 inches tall, thin stand to 8-12 inches apart. Vines spread to 3 ½ feet.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
  • Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • Harvest up to 50-60 pods per plant, with 1-2 nuts per pod.
  • Peanuts are ready to harvest in around 110-125 days in late summer or early fall when the foliage wilts to yellow.
  • Dig up the entire plant and hang, with peanuts attached, in a dry airy location, or on poles outside to cure.
  • Allow to cure for 2-4 weeks.
  • When well-dried, shake off the soil from the pods and shell before eating.
  • Peanuts may be frozen after blanching. Raw peanuts in the shell or out of the shell may be packaged in freezer containers and frozen.
  • Roast peanuts before eating as fresh nuts are not as flavorful.
Days To Maturity
120 days
Full Sun
24-36 inches
12-18 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Sow Time
Life Cycle
Peanut, Jumbo Virginia is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 19.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from challenging plant Planted half of the seeds in peat pots indoors and half directly in the garden. Difficult to germinate, most seeds rotted before sprouting. Of those that sprouted, most failed before the first leaves set on. Rabbits love the young plants. Three grew to produce nuts, two started indoors and transplanted, one sown directly in garden. 20-25 nuts per plant.
Date published: 2018-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great peanuts Ok, I guess I missed the part about shelling the peanut first then plant. I planted! Well, I planted the whole plant and they grew anyway. Did get a lot of peanuts in my 12’x12’ area. This year, larger area, and shell them first!!
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ok Did not grow failed to grow when planted according to pkg
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Rough Start I purchased a 1/2 lb. of seed and wasn't expecting them to still be in the shell. So after shelling, there was about a cup and a half of seed to plant. For my area, I planted in the last week of May. Unfortunately, I only have 12 plants that have survived. Yes, I can actually count the number of plants. I had to deal with moles and gophers that finding and eating the seed before they even had a chance to germinate and after the plant broke through the dirt I had to deal with the squirrels finding the remnants of the seed around the fresh leaves.The tiny leaves and root would be just lying on the ground pulled up by the squirrels. But hey, the plants that have survived are healthy and beautiful and anticipating harvest in a couple of months!
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Maybe the not the peanut's fault I planted these twice in the same area a few weeks apart due to the first round not germinating. The second round did better, but still only 20-30% germinated. Perhaps the ground temperature was too low still. They were in raised rows so I doubt the wet weather caused the issue. I'll probably try again next year.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible They never even sprouted Much less have peanuts ! Waste of money
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grew the Virginia peanuts in Virginia I grew them last year and they were excellent. I'm in central Virginia and they really loved my nasty pH 6 red soil. Deer didn't bother them or the field mice. We were quite dry early but they soldiered through it just fine. Tasty too. If you are new to peanuts, remember to not much around the plants! Read up on how peanut grow if you don't know why.
Date published: 2016-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from easy and fun! This was my first time but what a success! Beautiful plants and no pests. However, I live in N. Calif. and found they are ready for harvesting before the plants start to dry up like my research said. Will grow again.
Date published: 2015-02-16
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