Peppermint

Peppermint

  • Features: A hybrid mint with tall smooth stems, square in cross section. Dark green, aromatic leaves with reddish veins with attractive lilac pink blooms. Leaves and stems are typically slightly hairy.
  • Light: Full sun, will tolerate some shade.
  • Soil and water: Well drained, moist but not wet. Water as needed.
  • Spacing: Space 30-60cm (12-24") apart.
  • Height: Grows 30-60cm (12-24") in height.
  • Growing tips: Mint is an aggressive plant, sending runners above and just under the ground. Being a hybrid, it is ususally sterile, producing no seeds.
  • Garden use: Best in containers to prevent spreading but can be used in herb and flower beds.
  • Culinary use: Typically used as a garnish. Often used for flavouring vinegars or jellies used with meat such as lamb. Also used in teas and desserts.
Harvest when plants are approximately 30cm (12") tall. Pick larger outside leaves to promote growth. Once harvested, quickly dry leaves or they will mould.

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