Pineapple Mint

Mentha suaveolens 'Variegata'

Apple Mint, Variegated Apple Mint, Variegated Round-Leaved Mint

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Mentha suaveolens 'Variegata' has sweet tropical notes and a minty citrus finish. Also known as pineapple mint, this is a highly aromatic and aesthetically beautiful variegated cultivar of apple mint (M. suaveolens). Leaves are pale green in colour, with cream edging, they also have a wrinkled texture from a coating of soft hairs. This plant is used in a variety of dishes and drinks, as well as in various medical applications, soap and potpourri. Pineapple mint is seen by many people as a must-have herb for a visually appealing garden. It typically grows to around 40cm in height, producing small, light purple-white flowers arranged densely on upright spikes late in the summer.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Spring - Autumn. Essential oils in the leaves are at their peak just before flowering. This would be the ideal time for harvesting leaves to be dried. For fresh use, pick the youngest leaves before the plant flowers.

Propagation

Division

Divides easily by simply taking a stem with a piece of root and transplanting. Do not plant with other mints, since they cross-breed easily and will lose their distinctive aromas.

Rhizomes

The horizontal growth of its underground rhizomes lend it to aggressive spreading. When pulled out, small pieces are usually left behind and new plants easily grow from them.

Seed

Not the most preferred method, because mint seeds are very variable, and some varieties are sterile. Seeds should be planted in spring at 6mm depth and thinned out later in the year.

Cuttings

Take cuttings of rooted stems and plant them horizontally in the soil. Also roots easily grow from stem or root cuttings placed in water. Root tip cuttings are best taken in spring.

Special features

Attracts birds
Attracts useful insects
Repels harmful insects
Pot plant
Attractive flowers
Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

Southern and western Europe, the Mediterranean and Western Asia.

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Alkaline, Acid

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Culinary

Aromatic foliage is commonly used in food and drink.

Personality

Family

Lamiaceae

Flower colour

White or light purple, White, Purples

Scent

Strong

Problems

Powdery mildew, rust, leaf spot and anthracnose are some of the diseases that affect this plant. To deal with many of these, keep the leaves dry and spray fungicide, otherwise remove infected plants. Prevention includes well-drained soil and rotation of plants every 2 - 3 years.
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