Spearmint

Mentha spicata

Common Mint, Garden Mint, Green Pea Mint, Lamb Mint, Mackerel Mint, Mary's Herb, Sage Of Bethlehem, Bush Mint

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Some green Mentha spicata leaves.
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Mentha spicata or more commonly spearmint, originates from Europe but is grown all over the world. It is popular in teas, fresh with deserts and often served with salads and meats. It has a wonderful aromatic fragrance when the leaves are crushed, repelling pests like moths and rodents. It can grow invasively; make sure to contain the area they were planted or plant them in a sunken pot to help control the growth. Harvest as needed!
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Leaves can be picked at any time until they start to die down in late autumn and winter. The leaves can be used fresh or can be dried or frozen until use.

Propagation

Cuttings

Cuttings root easily in a glass of water or dip in hormone rooting powder and plant directly in soil. Keep moist the first 2 weeks!

Seed

Seed can be sown directly into moist compost and should germinate within 2 weeks.

Division

Divide the plant keeping roots intact for each section. Place each piece of the plant in soil and water regularly.

Special features

Repels harmful insects

Repels cabbage whites, ants, carrot flies and aphids. Mint oils will also keep rodents and moths away.

Attracts useful insects

Including bees

Pot plant

Mint is a good container plant - it will help to control the plant from spreading too readily!

Wet sites

Can be grown on poorly drained soils.

Attracts butterflies

Special features

Origin

Europe, Mediterranean

Natural climate

Temperate and cold interior

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Compost, Loam, Bark, Rockwool, Sand, Water, Peat

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Medicinal

Mint tea refresh. Often part of herbal remedies for indigestion, nausea, tooth- and headaches. Can be applied directly to skin and popular ingredient in shampoo, soaps and toothpaste.

Edible

Leaves and flowers are edible and used fresh in teas, salads, cocktails, food and deserts. Leaves can be frozen, dried or preserved in salt, sugar syrup, alcohol or oil.

Personality

Family

Lamiaceae

Flower colour

Purple, White

Scent

Mild
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