Climate: Temperate Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Shade USDA Hardiness Zone (°F): 7 (0 to 10 °F), 8 (10 to 20 °F) Style: Traditional Aspect: East-facing, North-facing, South-facing, West-facing Foliage: Evergreen Watering: Medium Season of Interest: Summer Soil pH: Neutral Soil Type: Peat, Sand
Uses: They are often used in cooking, herbal remedies, and for making teas. Effect: Characteristically pure and refreshing odor, pungent, and cooling taste. Height: 45 to 90cm Flower Details: They flower in the summer with flowers of white
How to grow:
1. Decide on a location. Because it is very invasive and prone to taking over a bed, most veteran gardeners plant spearmint in pots or containers. Locate the spearmint where it will get partial shade. A traditional place to plane spearmint is underneath a dripping yard faucet.
2. Use good soil. Spearmint likes rich, well-drained soil. A pH value of 6.5 to 7.0 is best for growing mint. Soil additives, such as compost or manure, are good for mint.
3. Decide between cuttings or seed. Many gardeners have trouble propagating spearmint from seeds. Mint is easy to grow from cuttings. Seedlings are usually available from a nursery or ask a fellow gardener for some. Plant these after all danger of frost has passed. Spearmint plants need room and will spread; space them 36 to 48 inches apart. If starting with seeds, sow indoors 8 to 10 weeks before the last frost.
4. Water frequently. Spearmint thrives in moist soil but does not overwater. Water at regular intervals for best results.
5. Harvest when the spearmint starts to bloom. Remove up to a third of the spearmint plant, branch, and leaves. The remaining plant will re-grow for later harvest. Use the leaves immediately; spearmint does not dry well.
Mint Seeds - Grow Peppermint, Herb Seeds at Seeds Area.
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