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Growing Mint, also Garden mint

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(Best months for growing Mint in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings

  • Easy to grow. Grow in trays and plant out or start from cuttings. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 70°F and 75°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 12 inches apart
  • Harvest in 8-12 weeks. Cut leaves from top with scissors.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Cabbages, Tomatoes
  • Mint leaf
    Mint leaf

Although mint can be grown from seeds, cuttings are a faster, more reliable option.
Cuttings can be planted directly when danger of frost is past. Mint can be grown in pots outdoors or indoors

Mint prefers damp, partly shaded areas and once established will grow for many years. Mint dies down in Winter and sends up new shoots in Spring.

Mint is a rampant grower and will take over a garden bed if not restrained.

One way to contain mint is to use an old bottomless bucket pushed into the ground. The mint won't be able to put its roots out sideways, so will take longer to spread. If grown in a pot, mint needs to be watered regularly to keep it healthy.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Mint

Mint adds a fresh flavour if chopped and sprinkled over salads. And is traditionally used mixed with vinegar and sugar to make mint sauce for lamb.

Your comments and tips

25 Feb 18, Cynthia (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Something is feasting on mint in my garden and I am left with lots of holes. What may this be and what is an organic remedy. Until recently I have complained that it is growing like a weed.
26 Feb 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Maybe an organic spray of soap, garlic and chilli. Look up Gardening Australia website (last weekends program has a story on it) or other websites to see.
27 Jan 18, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Can i grow a mint plant in a pot in my shadehouse?
30 Jan 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
If you read the notes here it does say in doors and out doors.
06 Sep 17, Bruce Thompson (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi guys. Interested in growing chocolate mint. Anyone have any information or tips. Also, where to purchase in Adelaide south region. Cheers.
16 Jan 18, Marie (Australia - temperate climate)
If you are ever at the Willunga markets there is often a plant stand there with chocolate mint.
07 Sep 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try the internet for seeds or you may even find some plants. The internet on how and where to grow.
21 Aug 17, Eileen Stowers (New Zealand - temperate climate)
My Grandfaher told me to empty the tea pot round the mint when the tea is cold and it will thrive. I tried it and got three times the size of the leaves that I got before with only water !! Has anyone else tried this ?
13 May 17, Preetam (Australia - temperate climate)
My mint plant is not flowering in winter. All the leaves are turning yellow in Color. Any advice please.
15 May 17, Ken (Australia - temperate climate)
Some of the leaves on my mint have gone yellow and dropped. They seem to do it every winter. It can be quite cold here so I just put it down to that. They freshen up every spring and take off again.
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