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Growing Mint, also Garden mint

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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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

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.
24 Oct 16, Gillian (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Does heavy wind affect a small balcony garden of tomatoes, parsley, spring onions, sage, mint tyme, spinach etc ?
31 Mar 16, James L (Australia - temperate climate)
My guess is that its a bug called leafminer, while common in citrus trees it is known to affect other plants. Ive had it on cabbage, mint and rocket. Yates success is a good product to use
06 Mar 16, carole jones (USA - Zone 5b climate)
in streator ill and does anyone ever grow ginseng have the seeds no information how do start to plant . can then be planted outside.
18 Jan 16, Jennifer (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
What's the best form of fertiliser if any, for mint and other root running herbs? Thanks
12 Nov 15, MANJU (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I PLANTED MINT AND CUCUMBER IN THE SAME TRAY. THE MINT IS NOT GROWING AS IT WAS BEFORE . IT IS MORE THAN 6 WEEKS BUT THERE ARE NO FLOWERS IN CUCUMBER PLANT. HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT TAKE TO PRODUCE THE CUCUMBERS
23 Dec 15, Mark (Australia - tropical climate)
Do you fertilise with pot ash?
10 Nov 15, goitse (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
where can i buy mint seedlings in South Africa,also where can i found an active farmer who grows sweet corn
29 Jul 15, Apples (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I grow you're everyday mint and chocolate mint.Smells great but no flavour,any ideas?
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