The aroma of mint will make you close your eyes as your thoughts drift to a summer day. Mint not only enhances iced tea and mixed drinks, it is also a wonderful surprise flavor in savory dishes, including meats, stews, and vegetable fritters. Tiny flowers are loved by bees.
• Botanical Name: Mentha sp.
• Family: Laminaceae
• Native: Unknown
• Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 6 and warmer, and possibly down to zone 3.
• Plant Dimensions: 18" tall and spreading indefinitely by underground stems called rhizomes.
• Variety Information: This common mint is neither peppermint, spearmint, nor any other specific type. Mints readily cross-pollinate, so plants grown from seed are more variable.
• Exposure: Full sun to part shade
• Attributes: Deer Resistant, Good for Containers
• When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 68°–75°F.
• When to Start Inside: 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date.
• Days to Emerge: 7–14 days
• Seed Depth: Press into surface
• Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12"
• Row Spacing: 18"
• Thinning: Thin to 1 every 12"
• Harvesting: Pick individual leaves or sprigs at any time.