How to harvest Apple Mint
Fresh Apple mint leaves can be harvested as needed as soon as the plant reaches 10cm in height. To dry, cut stalks just before blooming.
How to propagate Apple Mint
Sow in Spring, depth 6mm; 15 cm apart directly in the ground. Most mints have fairly aggressive roots, so its best to grow them in containers buried in the soil.
Take 5 to 10 cm stem cuttings and place them in moist and well-draining soil in semi-sun. It should root in under two weeks. Transplant into a larger pot a few weeks after the cuttings have rooted.
Mentha plants are prone to hybridization, therefore, division is a good method if you want to preserve a particular aroma.
Special features of Apple Mint
Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees and butterflies.
Repels harmful insects
Repels cabbage fly, ants, cabbage looper and aphids.
Often used as an ornamental plant. Because it grows so aggressive, it is a good idea to contain it in a buried pot.
Tiny pale-blue purple flowers appear on upright spikes in late summer.
Soft hairy rounded leaves that give off its apple scent when touched or rubbed.
Other uses of Apple Mint
Ornamental plant, can be used as an antiseptic herbal remedy or digestive uses.