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Care for Peppermint Plants

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Overview

Mint varieties abound with a large number of different mints available for growing. Many gardeners enjoy adding peppermint to herb gardens, although you must grow mint carefully to control the invasive tendencies of this herb. Peppermint is a perennial herb that grows abundantly wherever you plant it. With minimal care and coaxing, you will soon have a thriving peppermint plant to provide for all of your mint needs.

Step 1

Prepare a sunny growing area by cultivating the soil to loosen it. Use the spade to loosen the soil down to a depth of approximately 6 inches and then rake the soil smooth.

Step 2

Fill the planting containers approximately halfway with potting soil and place one peppermint plant into each container. Fill the containers to the top with potting soil and tamp the soil down with your hands to make it firm.

Step 3

Dig holes for the planting containers. To contain the peppermint and prevent it from spreading, you will plant the peppermint into the soil in the planting containers. The containers will control the spread of the peppermint. Make each hole deep enough for the planting containers and space the holes approximately 2 feet apart.

Step 4

Place the containers into the prepared holes and firm the soil around the containers with your hands.

Step 5

Provide water for the newly planted peppermint immediately after planting. Provide water for the peppermint plants during the growing season if less than 1 inch of water falls in a one week period. Thoroughly moisten the soil when you water, but do not over-saturate it.

Step 6

Clip sprigs of peppermint whenever you desire throughout the growing season. If you desire, cut the entire plant down to 2 inches above the soil level approximately midway through the growing season. The peppermint will regrow for another harvest before autumn.

Step 7

Cut the peppermint plant back to approximately 1 inch above the soil level in the autumn. Sprinkle 1 inch of compost onto the soil around the plant and work the compost into the soil with the hand rake.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden spade
  • Rake
  • Potting soil
  • Containers (8 to 10 inches in diameter)
  • Peppermint plants
  • Pruning shears
  • Compost
  • Hand rake

References

  • West Virginia University: Growing Herbs
  • Herb Gardening: Growing Mint
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About this Author

Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.