Peanut Tree Growing Tips

Image from Melbourne Bushfood


    The Peanut tree, also known as the Red-Fruited Kurrajong is a rainforest species that belongs to the same family as hibiscus and cacao. It’s endemic to Northern Australia.


    You cannot miss the attractive orange seed pods that split to expose black seeds that are the real gem you want to try. The nutty seeds can be eaten raw or roasted for a taste reminiscent of macadamia or peanuts. 


    First Nations People use the leaves to treat stings and wounds. 


      Image from Melbourne Bushfood

      Good for:

      - Beginners

      - Pots

      - Garden



      Water

      Moist Soils

      Sunlight

      Full sun

      Size

      5-10m

      Planting

      Plant the Peanut Tree in full sun, with well-draining soils like most native plants. Mulching is a great pro tip to give your tree a head’s start. It’s completely normal for the tree to shed leaves during winter. 


      The tree grows to full maturity reaching heights of 5 to 10m above the ground and could grow as wide as 4 metres. The good news is you can keep it considerably small by regular pruning. If you’re looking to attract bees and insects, look no further.

      Soil


      Unlike many native plants, the Peanut Tree does not mind poor sandy soils. 


      Drought tolerance. 


      This is a drought tolerant species. 



      Maintenance

      Watering


      Water adequately, and mulch for best results. The secret is to keep the soil most especially at a tender age.


      Harvesting


      These pods are ready to harvest when they turn orange/red and are starting to split. Pick them straight off the tree before they fully open.


      Fertilize


      Keep fertilizer at the minimal


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