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Peppermint 'After Eight'

Mentha × piperita 'After Eight'

Photo by Jo.Baker (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Easy care
Frequent watering
Tender

4a-10b

USDA zone

-34°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1.5m

50cm

Min

1m

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Peppermint 'After Eight' Overview

This is an easy-going Mentha cultivar has a chocolate-mint flavour. It grows well with minimal effort, and adds a unique taste to in baking and fresh salads. It goes without saying that this plant can be enjoyed at any time, not just 'After Eight'!

Common problems with Peppermint 'After Eight'

Peppermint 'After Eight' Companion Plants

How to harvest Peppermint 'After Eight'

Fresh 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 Peppermint 'After Eight'

Seed

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.

Cuttings

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.​

Division

Mentha plants are prone to hybridization, therefore,​ division is a good method if you want to preserve a particular aroma.

Special features of Peppermint 'After Eight'

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Repels harmful insects

Repels cabbage fly, ants, cabbage looper and aphids.

Pot plant

Often used as an ornamental plant. Because it grows so aggressive, it is a good idea to contain it in a buried pot.