How to Grow a Peppermint Plant


Peppermint is an herb that is often used as a flavoring agent in drinks, food and hygiene products. It also has several medicinal qualities and can be used as an aid in treating digestive disorders, skin irritations and headaches. Due to the versatility of the herb, it's a popular choice for herb gardens. Like other members of the mint family, peppermint is a hardy herb and requires very little maintenance in order to survive. However, there are some tips that can help you get the most out of your peppermint plants.

Step 1

Choose a partially shaded spot to plant the peppermint seeds and remove any weeds. Mint is known for overtaking nearby herbs and plants, so make sure the chosen spot has plenty of open space.

Step 2

Till the soil with a tiller to a depth of at least 6 inches. Once tilled, the soil will drain better, which is important for peppermint.

Step 3

Water the soil so it is moist but not soggy.

Step 4

Press three seeds ¼ inch deep into the soil and cover them up. Space all seeds 6 inches apart. Be sure to put three seeds in each hole as some seeds may not germinate.

Step 5

Keep the soil moist throughout the entire growth cycle of the peppermint plants. Do not worry if the soil dries out occasionally as mint is quite hardy and can survive short dry spells.

Step 6

Thin the plants to 18 inches apart once they reach a height of 6 inches. The best way to do this is to dig the entire plant, including the roots, out of the ground. This is the best way to prevent the mint from encroaching on other plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Tiller
  • Water
  • Peppermint seeds
  • Garden shovel


  • University of Maryland Medical Center: Peppermint
  • Herb Gardening: Growing Mint
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