You can also plant the mint in the ground. Place the entire plant including the pot in the ground. This will prevent the plant from self-seeding. Put the plant in a sunny or partially sunny spot. Water the plant immediately after receiving it. Give it extra water during dry periods.
The plant is grown organically. In other words, no chemical pesticides have been used to grow the plant. For a healthy garden!
|Latin name:||Mentha arvensis ‘Strawberry’|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as container plant|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
Water your mint as soon as possible upon receipt. There are then several ways you can keep it. Keep the pot indoors temporarily, then stand outdoors later on the patio or decking, either in an attractive planter or just as it comes. Or this perennial can be planted in the border or in a vegetable or herb garden
- Stand the nursery pot in an attractive planter with holes in the bottom, and matching saucer.
- Stand the nursery pot on a saucer for the drainage water.
- Use an attractive planter with no holes that will itself catch the drainage water.
- Choose a warm, sheltered spot whether planted in the ground or staying in a pot. Do first acclimatise your plants by standing them outdoors for one hour longer every day for five days.
- Pot up to a larger pot using fresh compost. Remove from nursery pot and plant at the correct depth. Fill the pot further and press well in.
- Plant directly into garden soil. We recommend doing this with pot and all to prevent the plant spreading too drastically. Cut the bottom out of the nursery pot first.
Water extra in periods of drought. Add some fertiliser now and then and your mint will keep growing and can be harvested for longer.
Mint flowers from July to September with purple flowers that attract lots of butterflies and bees.
If in a pot, stand in part shade.
If planted in the garden, be aware that mint can be quite invasive so it's best to plant it pot and all to keep the roots somewhat contained.
If your plant begins to look unsightly for whatever reason, cut it right back to allow new shoots to grow.
Culinary herbs on your patio or decking
Pots of herbs can go outdoors too but do harden them off first by standing the pot an hour longer every day for 5 days. They should then be ok for going outdoors permanently. This mint prefers a sunny spot.
Here's a tip: place pots near the kitchen door or on a kitchen windowsill - that way they will always be close to hand when cooking.
Harvest from spring through in to autumn.
Mint is easily picked by snippping or cutting off leaves or even a twig. Leave the centre of the plant untouched. A sharp knife or scissors is best to prevent pulling the plant up. Do not harvest too much from one plant. Just as long as new leaves appear, it is ok to harvest the year through from this same plant!
Peppermint was first discovered in England in the 17th century amongst other types of mint and thereafter spread to other temperate climes. This plant has commercial properties with its high concentrate of menthol oil and is used in teas and confectionery.
Mint is one of the Labiateaeceae family and its natural habitat is in marshy ground. There are many varieties of mint. This one (Mentha x piperita) is a natural hybrid of Water Mint (Mentha aquatica) and Spearmint (Mentha spicata). Mint is a fast growing perennial that flowers in the summer with purple blooms.