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Peppermint

Quick Facts:

    • Hot, rich mint aroma
    • Leaves and flowers can be dried
    • Spreading perennial plant
    • Grow in containers
    • Full sun to heavy shade

Peppermint

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Description:

Mentha x piperata. Hot, rich mint aroma issues from the crushed or dried leaves of this spreading perennial plant. Consider growing Peppermint seeds in containers, as it will become hard to control over the years. Both the leaves and flowers can be dried for teas or use in stews and sauces. Peppermint grows well in moist soil in full sun to heavy shade. Mint flowers are edible, and highly attractive to bees and other pollinators. Mint plants spread by an ever-expanding rhizome that grows parallel with the soil. Along its length, new stems emerge with new leaves and flowers. This is why many gardeners prefer to grow mint in containers than in the open soil.

Quick Facts:

    • Hot, rich mint aroma
    • Leaves and flowers can be dried
    • Spreading perennial plant
    • Grow in containers
    • Full sun to heavy shade

How To Grow

The mint family is vast and cross pollination is difficult to control, so many sources suggest that mint will not come true from seed. Our mint seeds are grown in isolation and bred with care in a greenhouse setting. Follow this handy How to Grow Mint for seeds guide and grow some flavour.

Latin
Mentha sp.
Family: Lamiaceae

Sow Peppermint seeds in containers to keep plants from spreading in your organic herb garden. Peppermint leaves make good tea, soap & other herbal products.

How to Grow Peppermint | Guide to Growing Peppermint

Binomial Name: Mentha
Varieties: Black, White

Rich Well Drained

Growing Guide
GROWING NOTES

If you decide to grow peppermint, you will find that there are many uses for your plant. Peppermint makes an excellent tea, and adds flavor to many foods. It is also very good for digestive problems. The oil from the peppermint plant can be rubbed on your forehead and temples to relieve a headache. Your peppermint plants will make a nice addition to your herb garden. Read on to learn how to grow peppermint.

Choose a location that is partly sunny and partly shady, and prep the soil.

Sow the peppermint seeds approximately 1/2-to 1/8-inch deep, anytime from May through July.

Keep the soil moist but not wet constantly.

Thin the plants when they are approximately 2 inches high.

Transplant the seedlings about 12 inches apart.

Harvest the peppermint when the plants are about 12 inches tall. Pick the larger outside leaves as the plant grows to encourage more leaf growth.

MAINTAINING
Mint can be terribly invasive, particularly in rich, moist soil. To keep it from overtaking your yard, confine it to a bed with edging of metal or plastic. Bury edging to a depth of 14 inches around the perimeter of the mint patch, or simply grow the plants it in pots.

A single plant is plenty for a small garden, as it will quickly spread to fill its allotted space. Choose a sunny location with moderately fertile, humusy soil. Use a light mulch to retain moisture and keep leaves clean.

Guide to Growing Peppermint