Mentha arvensis var. piperascens
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2 years to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
Japanese Mint Overview
Mentha arvensis var. piperascens commonly known as Japanese Mint is a herbaceous, upright perennial that is well known for its sweet and mild minty aroma from the essential oils found in its oval-shaped leaves. It thrives in damp and wet conditions and is a must have if you are fond of other mint varieties. It can become invasive if not controlled like most mints - plant in a pot or area you can keep under control!
Common problems with Japanese Mint
Japanese Mint Companion Plants
How to harvest Japanese 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 Japanese 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 Japanese 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 Japanese Mint
Ornamental plant, can be used as an antiseptic herbal remedy or digestive uses.