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How to Grow Mint
Mint plant

Growing Mint Plants

One of the easiest of all herbs to grow, Mint is also very useful in a range of cuisines.

Mint is a perennial herb grown for the leaves which are both fragrant and add flavour to a range of foods.

Although their are many varieties of mint available, they all have some characteristics in common. All mint plants have square stems, and all release a fragrance when you crush the foliage.

Used to make sauces, jellies and cool drinks, mint is also used in salads and teas. Easy to grow and very hardy, mint is best grown in a container as it is a vigorous plant and spreads by underground runners.

Mint will grow well in warmer climates as long as the soil is humus rich and moist. In very hot areas such as USDA zones 8 and 9, it is best planted in afternoon shade.

Mint Varieties

A number of culinary mint varieties are avaialble, all with different flavour profiles.

Spearmint is a milder and sweeter variety that peppermint.

  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint - The variety used to make Mint Sauce
  • Apple Mint - very mild taste with an 'apple like' fragrance.
  • Pineapple Mint

Mint plants are readily available to buy from nurseries, garden centres and mail order suppliers.

 

Plant Hardiness Zones around the world

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