A hardy, easy to grow herb, Peppermint is great for new gardeners. Mint flowers and leaves are edible and highly aromatic.
How to Grow Peppermint
- Latin Name: Mentha
- Days to Maturity: 90
- Hardiness Zone: 4- 9
- Soil: ph 6.5 to 7
- Temperature: Cooler
- Light Preference: Full sun or partial shade
- Depth: 1/4"
- Plant Space: 18"
- Pests/disease: Verticillium Wilt, Mint Rust, Mint Anthracnose, and insects such as spider mites, flea beetles, root borers, cutworms, root weevils and Aphids
- Seed Count:
- 1 g- Approximately 11,140 seeds
- 1 oz- Approximately 311,700 seeds
- 1 lb- Approximately 4,990,000 seeds
Due to the rapid growing rate of the mint plant some gardeners prefer to keep it confined to pots. Mint is great for attracting earthworms, hover-flies and predatory wasps while repelling cabbage moths, aphids and flea beetles. Once the plant has become established you may harvest the leaves or flowers as needed.