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How to Grow Mint

Growing Mint in Containers, Gardens &Allotments

Latin Name Mentha sp.
Type of Plant Perennial
Suitable for Containers, Garden Beds, Allotments

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Plant Dimensions

Height up to 30cm/12" - Spread - Can be many feet if left unchecked

Where to Sow

Indoors in small pots 7.5cm/3" diameter. 

Can be sown outdoors but germination may be slow.

Sowing time

Indoors:  February to June - temperature   +16C/61F. 

Outdoors: April - June

How to Sow

Very thinly. Press seeds into moist  compost, then place in sealed polythene bags or cover with glass. Water from beneath. Keep compost moist but not very wet.

After Germination

Remove the glass/from the bag and grow on

Growing on -  in Pots

When 5cm/2" transplant to 1 plant per 7.5cm/3" pot. Harden off   and finally move outdoors once all danger of frost has passed.

Growing on - in open ground

When 5cm/2" thin to 3 plant per 7.5cm/3 inch pot. Harden off  and finally move outdoors once all danger of frost has passed. Once they are established with a good root system, transfer to the open ground 30cm/12" apart.


Mint spreads like wild fire - Beware!


Leaves can be harvested anytime

Companion Planting

In the Kitchen

Plant near to Cabbage, Tomatoes

Repels Cabbage Butterflies, Aphids, Flea Beetles


Sprinkle finely chopped mint over vegetables, especially new potatoes and peas, fish, Lamb, veal and fresh fruit. 

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