Peppermint - 50 seeds
Peppermint - 50 seeds
Mints (Mentha) are some of the easiest and most popular herbs to grow. Plants in the mint family are very hardy perennials with vigorous growth habits. Mint, left to its own devices, will spread quickly and become a nuisance. However, it is very useful as a flavorful culinary herb and the plants can certainly be grown without much care. Just try to choose a spot where you won’t mind the rampant growth or grow it in a confined space, like a container or between paved areas...
.The long branches grow upward and then flop over and root, spreading the plant wherever it can reach. The spikes of white or pinkish flowers are attractive, but brief. However, they do attract bees, butterflies, and even birds.
Mature size will depend on the type of mint you are growing and how often you are snipping stems, but in general, expect your mint plants to reach:
Height - 12 to 18 inches (30 - 45cm).
Width: 18 to 24 inches (45 - 60cm).
Mint plants prefer partial shade. You can grow it in full sun if you water it frequently.
Hardiness will depend on the variety you are growing, but mints are widely adaptable. Peppermint is very cold hardy, down to USDA Hardiness Zone 3. Spearmint handles the heat best, up to Zone 11. Mentha piperita, Peppermint - The best for mint flavoring. (USDA Zones 5 - 11)
Mint is one of the few culinary herbs that grow well in shady areas, although it can handle full sun if kept watered.
Cuttings of mint will root easily in soil or water and mature plants can be divided and transplanted. However, you can always start new plants from seed. Sow outdoors in late spring or start seed indoors about 8-10 weeks before the last frost. Keep soil moist until the seed germinates.Seed germinates in 10 - 15 days.
Seed grown plants should reach harvestable size within 2 months.
Mint prefers a rich, moist soil with a slightly acidic pH between 6.5 and 7.0. If the soil is somewhat lean, top dress yearly with organic matter and apply an organic fertilizer mid-season, after shearing.
To contain the roots and limit spreading, you can grow mint in containers, above or sunk into the ground. Be careful to keep container mints from flopping over and touching the ground. Stems will root quickly if given the chance.
There's not really many mint needs, besides moisture and a rich soil. To be honest, it's pretty hard to kill a mint plant. The only maintenance required will be:
Keeping your mint in check, so it doesn't take over
Providing a moist soil
Harvesting or shearing the plants to keep them lush with leaves