Mint Growing Guide

Mint

Crop Rotation Group

Miscellaneous 

Soil

Any average, well drained soil where mint's wandering tendencies can be kept in check.

Position

Full sun to partial afternoon shade.

Frost tolerant

Hardy even in cold areas. If desired, small plants can be potted up in autumn and grown through winter indoors.

Feeding

Not generally needed.

Companions

Rocket, Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Calabrese, Broccoli, Coriander, Lavender, Marjoram and Agastache.

Spacing

Single Plants: 20cm (7") each way (minimum)
Rows: 15cm (5") with 25cm (9") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Start with a purchased plant, or start seeds indoors and set out at about the time of your last frost. Mint is also easy to root from stem tip cuttings stuck into moist potting soil. Some strains are propagated only from cuttings rather than seeds.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Frequent pinching back helps to keep plants bushy and full, and it delays flowering. Spearmint or peppermint are the most versatile strain for cooking.

Harvesting

Gather sprigs as needed in the kitchen. Gather stems for drying in early summer, just before the plants bloom.

Troubleshooting

Often becomes invasive. If possible, grow near paths, driveways, or other hard surfaces, or in containers buried halfway in the ground.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Mint