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Growing Mint, also Garden mint

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(Best months for growing Mint in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Grow in trays and plant out or start from cuttings. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 21°C and 24°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 30 cm apart
  • Harvest in 8-12 weeks. Cut leaves from top with scissors.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Cabbages, Tomatoes
  • Mint leaf
    Mint leaf

Although mint can be grown from seeds, cuttings are a faster, more reliable option.
Cuttings can be planted directly when danger of frost is past. Mint can be grown in pots outdoors or indoors

Mint prefers damp, partly shaded areas and once established will grow for many years. Mint dies down in Winter and sends up new shoots in Spring.

Mint is a rampant grower and will take over a garden bed if not restrained.

One way to contain mint is to use an old bottomless bucket pushed into the ground. The mint won't be able to put its roots out sideways, so will take longer to spread. If grown in a pot, mint needs to be watered regularly to keep it healthy.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Mint

Mint adds a fresh flavour if chopped and sprinkled over salads. And is traditionally used mixed with vinegar and sugar to make mint sauce for lamb.

Your comments and tips

06 Sep 17, Bruce Thompson (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi guys. Interested in growing chocolate mint. Anyone have any information or tips. Also, where to purchase in Adelaide south region. Cheers.
07 Sep 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try the internet for seeds or you may even find some plants. The internet on how and where to grow.
21 Aug 17, Eileen Stowers (New Zealand - temperate climate)
My Grandfaher told me to empty the tea pot round the mint when the tea is cold and it will thrive. I tried it and got three times the size of the leaves that I got before with only water !! Has anyone else tried this ?
13 May 17, Preetam (Australia - temperate climate)
My mint plant is not flowering in winter. All the leaves are turning yellow in Color. Any advice please.
15 May 17, Ken (Australia - temperate climate)
Some of the leaves on my mint have gone yellow and dropped. They seem to do it every winter. It can be quite cold here so I just put it down to that. They freshen up every spring and take off again.
24 Oct 16, Gillian (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Does heavy wind affect a small balcony garden of tomatoes, parsley, spring onions, sage, mint tyme, spinach etc ?
31 Mar 16, James L (Australia - temperate climate)
My guess is that its a bug called leafminer, while common in citrus trees it is known to affect other plants. Ive had it on cabbage, mint and rocket. Yates success is a good product to use
06 Mar 16, carole jones (USA - Zone 5b climate)
in streator ill and does anyone ever grow ginseng have the seeds no information how do start to plant . can then be planted outside.
18 Jan 16, Jennifer (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
What's the best form of fertiliser if any, for mint and other root running herbs? Thanks
12 Nov 15, MANJU (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I PLANTED MINT AND CUCUMBER IN THE SAME TRAY. THE MINT IS NOT GROWING AS IT WAS BEFORE . IT IS MORE THAN 6 WEEKS BUT THERE ARE NO FLOWERS IN CUCUMBER PLANT. HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT TAKE TO PRODUCE THE CUCUMBERS
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I PLANTED MINT AND CUCUMBER IN THE SAME TRAY. THE MINT IS NOT GROWING AS IT WAS BEFORE . IT IS MORE THAN 6 WEEKS BUT THERE ARE NO FLOWERS IN CUCUMBER PLANT. HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT TAKE TO PRODUCE THE CUCUMBERS

- MANJU

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