Peppermint ( Mentha ) is the easiest and most popular herb to grow. Plants of the mint family are very hardy perennials with active growing habits . Mint can spread quickly and become Unruly if left to its own device. However, it is very useful as a flavorful culinary herb and the plant can certainly be grown without much attention. Pick a point that you don’t care about chronic growth or want to grow in an enclosed space between containers or packed areas.
Mint really wants to be a ground beacon . Long branches grow upward, take root and take root, spreading wherever the plant can reach it. The spikes of white or pinkish flowers are attractive, but simple. However, they attract bees, butterflies and even birds.
Mint is easy to identify, the leaves have a cushioned effect and rubbing a leaf between your fingers releases its fragrance.
Mentha -peppermint ( Mentha × piperita ), spearmint ( Mentha spicata ).
Mature plant size
The mature size depends on the type of mint you are growing and how often you cut the stems, but in general you can expect your mint plant to reach it.
- Height-12-18 inches (30-55 cm).
- Width: 18-24 inches (45-60 cm).
If your plant has several stems about 6 to 8 inches long, you can start harvesting mint leaves.
It will take about 2 months from seeds, and less time if you buy a plant. Do not harvest more than 1/3 of the plant to weaken the plant and prevent sending it to the deline.
How to harvest mint
Pick the leaves and stems as needed.
If you don’t regularly harvest your mint, it will be of great help in the mid-season.
At some point you will see the stems get longer and the leaves get shorter. That’s when you cut the plant from 1/3 to 1/2. This encourages them to resend fresh new foliage along with leaves of a good size. You can do a small patch at a time if you have a lot of mint, and you can extend the harvest season. All cuts can be used, dried or frozen for later use .
Peppermint plants prefer partial shade .but can also thrive in full sun if they have plenty to drink.
USDA robust area
Hardiness depends on the growing variety, but mint is widely adaptable. Peppermint is very cold tolerant down to USA Hardiness. Spearmint handles heat best
Suggestions for garden design for mint plants
Many mints work well on herbaceous lawns. If you plan to walk to them, you will have to mow the lawn, but this will help control the spread and the fragrance will make the job even more enjoyable.
If you don’t want your peppermint plants to spread throughout your garden, it’s best to sprinkle peppermint in pots and store them on a patio or in a paved area. Because they take root and spread everywhere they touch the ground. Even in a pot, there will be more than enough to harvest and you will not have the high maintenance of keeping the plants well.
Recommended mint varieties for growing
- Mentha piperita , Peppermint-Mint flavor is best. (USDA Zones 5-11)
- Mentha piperita citrata cv., Orange Mint-One of the most spiky of mint with a fruity flavor. (USDA Zones 4-11)
- Mentha suaveoloens , Apple Mint-Apple. Mint. What do you hate? (USDA Zones 5-11)
- Mentha suaveolens variegata, pineapple mint-a roadblocked derivative of apple mint. (USDA Zones 6-11)
Mint growth tips
Peppermint seedlings take root easily in soil or water, and mature plants can be divided and transplanted. But you can always start a new plant from seeds. In late spring outdoor in the sowing or for about 8-10 weeks before last frost seed , start eulsi.
Seed-growing plants should reach a harvestable size within 2 months.
Mint prefers rich, moist soils with a slightly acidic pH between 6.5 and 7.0 . If the soil is rather sparse , yearly top dress with organic material is applied , and organic fertilizer is applied in the middle after shearing.
In order to contain the roots and marginal spread, you can grow the peppermint in the stomach container . Be careful not to let the courage mint touch or touch the ground. The stems take up root quickly when given the opportunity.
Caring for peppermint plants
Besides moisture and rich soil, there is not much mint demand.
- Keep checking your mint, for disease
- Provide moist soil or water reguarly
- Harvesting or cutting leaves to promote growth
Mint pests and problems
Mint can sometimes get rust that appears as small orange spots on the underside of the leaves. Use an organic fungicide and let the plant dry between the bites.
Plants under stress are white flies , spider mites , aphids , Milli Buck , etc.
Recipe Suggestions for Enjoying Your Fresh Mint
- Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Cake Recipe
- Pea and Mint Soup Recipe
- Chocolate mint syrup
- Orange Mint Tea
- Fennel and Orange Salad with Mint
- Of course not to forget Peppermint tea
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