Mint: Info & Care
– Mint is extremely variable from seed, so choose a plant suited to your preferences and growing conditions.
– Mint will grow in partial shade or full sun
– Mint roots, which are “runners,” are incredibly invasive and can overtake a flower bed or garden in no time. Choose your location wisely.
– 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. 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 and “goes to seed”
– 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.