Anyone out there have any experience growing perennial peanut? I would like to have one or two acres planted with it to replace some of my lawn and also to provide some forage for the goats. Eventually I might cover a majority of the 9 acres with it, until I have the time to plant other stuff. It seems like the perfect plant for where I'm at, it's a nitrogen fixer, tolerates acidic soil, blooms throughout the season, and provides forage for lots of critters.
Perennial peanut seems like an awesome, low maintenance ground cover, I'm just having a hard time finding a source. I found a website that sells the seed but the cost is astronomical (apparently the plants don't produce a lot of seed). And a lot of websites say that most people will propagate them with cuttings or digging up rhizomes but I cannot find a source of them.
Any first hand experience with this would be much appreciated!
And there are cold hardy versions as well grown here in N. Florida. It's sold as hay here, basically our version of alfalfa since that doesn't grow well here... I might just start asking the hay producers for some of their plants to get started...
Location: Officially Zone 7b, according to personal obsevations I live in 7a, SW Tennessee
I grew it in southwest Florida for a few months before I moved away. An acquaintance from the fruit club let me dig up some plugs from her yard. I just dug a small hole and put them down and they started to slowly grow (I might have put them down at the wrong time of year, probably best to put them in at the beginning of rainy/hot season). They did eventually maintain their health and got some flowers for my chicken to pluck. I just put them down in a grid pattern with a few feet between each plant with the intent of each finding the others and filling in the area. I'll never know
You might want to start asking some of the local nurseries (even the wholesalers) if they have any available. My parents live in Jacksonville and a couple of years ago they were thinking about perennial peanut for their lawn. I called and found a few nurseries that were willing to sell to them. Unfortunately, I don't remember who they were.
If you can't find any local nurseries that have it, check out the nurseries in Apopka. It's a couple of hours drive from North Florida, but it may be worth it. Good luck!!!