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Montreal Daily Star, 17 November 1900, page 3


Things to know


Few persons are perhaps aware that a thing of beauty is a common peanut plant, growing single in a six or eight inch pot and grown indoors during the colder months.  Kept in a warm room or by the kitchen stove, a peanut kernel planted in a pot of loose mellow loam, kept only moderately moist, will soon germinate and grow up into a beautiful plant.  It is in a similar way that the peanut planters test their seeds every year, beginning early in the winter, and the facility with which the seeds will grow in this way has suggested to many Southern flower lovers the possibility of making the useful peanut an ornamental plant for the parlour or sitting room window.  As the plant increases in size and extends its branches over the sides of the pot in a pendant manner there are few plants of more intrinsic beauty.  The curious habit of the compound leaves of closing together like the leaves of a book on the approach of night, or when a shower begins to fall on them is one of the most interesting habits of plant life.  And then, later on, for the peanut is no ephemeral wonder, enduring for a day or two only, the appearance of the tiny yellow flowers and putting forth of the peduncles on which the nuts grow impart to this floral rarity a striking and unique charm all its own.  There is nothing else like it, and florists throughout the country might well add the peanut plant to their list of novel and rare things.