Mint is extremely variable from seed, so choose a plant
Mints will grow in partial shade or full sun
Look out! Mint’s roots, which are “runners,” are incredibly invasive and can overtake a flower bed or garden in no time.
- When planting in a bed, to contain and limit mint from spreading, grow in a bottomless container at least 15” deep and sunk into the ground, with 1-2” of the container protruding above the soil surface.
- Plant in a container and keep it moist (don’t let it dry out). Fertilize every few weeks, especially if you harvest frequently.
- Lift and replant every 3-4 years to keep your patch’s flavor and scent strong
Harvest mint sprigs before the plant flowers
To extend the harvesting season, pinch off the flower buds
If you don’t harvest your mint regularly, it will benefit from a good shearing mid-season. Cut back the plants 1/3 to 1/2” to encourage new growth. If you have a lot of mint, do small batches at a time so that you can continue to cut. All the cuttings can be used, fresh, dried or frozen.