Growing Mint, also Garden mint

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
  S   P P              

(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

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

01 Apr 21, Kathleen (USA - Zone 8b climate)
Will mint grow in shady area under tree with some sun. I am in zone 8b and it is hot and humid.
06 Apr 21, Anon (USA - Zone 8b climate)
Read the comments here,
15 Oct 20, Kathleen (USA - Zone 6a climate)
I was just given 2 mint plants, can Ikeep them indoors and plant outside in Spring?
20 Oct 20, Perla (USA - Zone 10a climate)
I have mine in my patio (which gets sun in the morning only). It's been there for 1 1/2 yr. and seems to thrive every season so far. Mint is super invasive, so make sure to keep them in their own pot or container, otherwise, it will take over your other plants.
19 Oct 20, Anonymous (USA - Zone 8b climate)
Read the notes here it tells you.
29 Apr 20, Louise (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi - we are in a temperate climate with high rainfall in winter and not much in the way of frost. We have had a beautiful large pot of mint thriving over summer and as it ended have cut it back hard. If I tuck the pot out of sight for winter will it come away again in Spring or am I better to pull it out and replant in Spring? Thanks : )
30 Apr 20, Anon (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Read the notes here it tells you what to do. Grow indoors or outside, will die back in winter, shoot away again in spring. Likes a bit shade etc.
01 Feb 20, Denise (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Can I plant mint in January. Just decided I want to plant some
03 Feb 20, anon (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Look up mint for your climate zone and check the planting calendar guide.
25 Jan 20, Michael Daly (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
I cut back my mint last year it was a massive crop now it has not come away as good only have small amounts it is in same soil and grows in a big wooden square container I added cow dung in soil this year I live in Timaru
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Will mint grow in shady area under tree with some sun. I am in zone 8b and it is hot and humid.

- Kathleen

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