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Edibles Grow Sheets


  • Scientific Name
    Mentha species
  • General Information

    Mint is a perennial herb available in more than 600 varieties. Because of its proclivity to spread, it is best planted in a container. Removing flowers before they set seed also helps contain spread.

  • When to Plant

    From seed: Some mints set seed and some mints are sterile hybrids. Spearmint seed is available while peppermint is a sterile hybrid grown only from cuttings.  

    Transplants: Plant young seedlings after danger of frost has passed.

    Cuttings: Mints root easily in water.

  • Planting

    Plant in areas that have full to part sun. Best to plant in container to control spread.

  • Soil Requirements

    Grow in well composted soil that drains well.

  • Water Requirements

    Water mint judiciously. Mint does not care for soggy soils and volatile oils are more concentrated when less water is applied.

  • Fertilizing

    Not necessary.

  • Pollination

    Pollinated by bees.

  • Harvesting

    The leaves are harvested at any time and can be used fresh or dried. Harvest leaves individually or clip stems at base.

  • Storage

    Fresh mint can be stored in the refrigerator for about one week.

  • Good Varieties for Marin

    Two popular varieties are peppermint (M. piperita) and spearmint (M. spicata) which have different levels of menthol, contributing to a strong or less strong flavor. Peppermint tends to be used to flavor dishes while spearmint can be eaten fresh. Other varieties include chocolate mint and pineapple mint. Other popular varieties that do well in Marin include chocolate mint, apple mint, and orange mint. 

  • Helpful Tips

    Know the growing habit of your mint, whether it is trailing or upright.

  • Common Problems

    Mint is sensitive to frost.

  • Pests- Diseases & More

    Relatively pest free.