Learning how to grow mint of a particular variety will encourage you to try as many kinds as you can cope with.
A menagerie of potted mints bunched together in a partially shaded spot on a patio or in a small garden (in sunken pots) will be a delight to the senses not to mention the many subtle differences in taste of the refreshing teas you will be tempted to brew.
Some of the more common mints are peppermint, pennyroyal, spearmint, apple mint, chocolate mint, and wild mint. These alone will produce an eye-catching display because the leaves differ in colour, aroma, and size.
Because they thrive in similar environmental conditions they can be planted together in groups. But you must not allow them to flower. Cross pollination will result in a merging of the species and your varieties will be lost.
Mint likes damp soil.
Glazed pots or old ceramic sinks will help retain the moisture in summer months.
Look or set up a semi-shaded area because it's a herb that also likes a bit of sunshine.
Now we know where to place them the next thought is the growing medium, the soil!
Mint, unlike the majority of herbs, is happiest planted in rich alkaline soil but will tolerate neutral which is 6.5 in the agricultural realm.
Adding some chalk; limestone or hydrated lime to neutral or acid soil prepares it for mint. Try for 1 point up on the pH scale by adding 300g limestone or 200g hydrated lime to 1 square metre area
You can grow mint from seed excluding peppermint which is sterile. The quicker and more successful ways are:
The chances of your mint collection growing and flourishing is much higher.
t takes a brave soul to try and grow from seed. If you're determined to do so then bully for you. Go ahead and enjoy the satisfaction of growing from scratch.
Sow all types in Spring about ¼ inch deep. Keep the soil moist if you sow indoors and plant out in June.
Apple mint – M. Suaveolens – Resistant to rust but is prone to mould in cooler damp weather – light green
Chocolate peppermint – M. Piperita f. Citrata (plug or plant) – green with a brown ting
Curly – M. Crispata – Curly light green
Corsican – M. Requienii – Small light green
Eau de cologne – M. Citrata Seeds are hard to find because they are hard to grow. Plants and plugs.
Ginger – M. Gentilis (Variegated species) – golden and green patches
Horse – M. Longifolia – tall long light green
Pennyroyal – M. Pulegium (Pudding mint) – light green
Peppermint – M. Piperita – purple tinged dark green
Pineapple – M. Suaveolens (Variegated species of apple mint) – light green with cream patches on edges and tips
Spearmint – M. Spicata (garden mint) – light green
Water – M. Aquatica (Marsh mint) – light green
Wild – M. Arvensis (field mint) – light green
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