Follow these Important Do’s and Don’ts of Growing Best Mint Ever! These tips will help you have an uninterrupted aromatic supply year-round!
Mint is one of the most versatile herbs you can grow that looks great as a houseplant and also provides a refreshing harvest that goes best with drinks and a variety of dishes. Follow these Do’s and Don’ts of Growing Best Mint Ever!
Do’s of Growing Mint
- Grow mint in an area that receives morning sunlight and some afternoon shade to save it from the scorching sun, especially if you live in a warm area.
- Plant mint in the container to avoid it spreading beyond control and overtaking your garden.
- Always harvest mint before it flowers.
- Thin out the herb regularly to keep it bushy and under control.
- When flowering buds appear, pinch them off, so the plant diverts its energy into growing healthy leaves.
Don’ts of Growing Mint
- Avoid growing mint in an open bed where it could take over the garden.
- Prevent planting mint in overtly moist conditions.
- Avoid both overwatering and underwatering.
- Do not plant mint in a completely shady spot that gets no sunlight at all.
- Do not fertilize the plant heavily as it will lose its flavor. Just mulch the top layer of the pot with compost or manure.
Is there a Secret of Growing the Best Mint?
If you are going to follow these points, you will have the most flavor harvest!
- Use a well-draining, moist, fertile soil having a pH of 6.0-7.0.
- Keep in mind that, for the best flavor and strong aroma, transplant mint every 2-4 years.
- Plant mint, where it gets at least 3-4 hours of direct sunlight, this herb can tolerate some shade outside as well, but you can’t grow in complete darkness.
Check out our article on growing mint indoors here
Growing Mint in Water
Growing mint in water is easiest and best way to have an unlimited supply of this aromatic herb year-round in the smallest space like the windowsill of your kitchen. Read the details here.
Best Mint Varieties
For cooking, grow Vietnamese mint or Spearmint; for fragrance, plant Eau de Cologne. For garnishing purposes, strawberry and apple mints are excellent choices. You can grow horsemint for medicinal uses and peppermint for flavoring teas. Read more mint varieties here.