HOW TO GROW FROM SEEDS
Planting in Spring is the best for mint. But as perennial, they can be started anytime until about 2 months before the first frost of fall, or year-round for indoor use. To sow the seeds indoors, place them on top of the medium in your seed flat. Do not cover the seeds, they need light to germinate. They should sprout within 10 to 15 days at room temperature or slightly warmer 68 to 75°F. Transplant into the garden or container when they have at least 2 sets of true leaves. Or if you want to sow the seeds outdoors, place them on top of well-worked soil, then sprinkle a fine layer of vermiculite on top of them. If you are sowing directly into the garden, consider placing a row cover over the seeds until they sprout.
CARE AFTER GERMINATION
Mint is perennial and needs very little care. Keep flats in a warm location and soil lightly moist but not soggy. A cover over the flat can speed germination. Remove it once you see sprouts. Once seedlings have two sets of true leaves, harden them off and plant them into beds or outdoor containers. Once the little plants are ready to transplant, take containers outdoors and let them acclimate for a week to outdoor conditions before moving them. Water new plants regularly. Ideally, mint needs 2.5 to 5 cm. of water per week during the growing season. Use drip irrigation or water in the morning to allow leaves to dry. Overly wet leaves may lead to fungal diseases. You can apply fertilizer in early spring.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF MINT
Mint is a popular herb that people can use fresh or dried in many dishes and infusions. Manufacturers of toothpaste, gum, candy, and beauty products often use mint oil. Mint may have several potential health benefits. Managing gastrointestinal problems Mint may help regulate muscle relaxation. Mint is a calming herb that people have used for thousands of years to help soothe an upset stomach or indigestion. Even mint plants contain an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent called rosmarinic acid that prevents allergy.
Note: Information provided for guidance only, as cultural practices and climatic circumstances vary.
- Sowing Time: Any
- Height: 120 cm
- Mature: 90 Days
- Bloom Time: June - September
- Temperature: 55-70 degrees F
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