Spearmint is a direct cousin to the mint plant, and was brought over from the Mediterranean. From there, it spread into the rest of the Europe and eventually the Americas. This highly aromatic mint plant is prized for its scent, culinary uses, and medicinal uses as well. If you're interested in learning how to grow spearmint, keep reading below and find the benefits of growing this super herb right in your own garden!
How to Grow Spearmint in Your Garden
Spearmint plants resemble peppermint plants, except that spearmint plants have bright green leaves that are pointed as well as lavender flower spikes that can grow up to 4 inches long.
In perfect conditions, your spearmint plant can grow up to a height of 14 inches!
Spearmint is a hardy perennial up to USDA plant hardiness zone 5 and prefers partial shade and well draining, moist, rich soil.
- Choose to plant directly in the garden or in a pot.
- Choose soil with a pH of 6.5 to 7.
- Make sure the soil is moist, rich, and well draining.
- Plant as soon as the ground is warm and keep the seeds moist while they germinate.
- Once they reach a few inches in height, thin plants to 1 foot apart.
- Be careful when growing spearmint, as it can take over an entire garden. We recommend you plant spearmint in hanging baskets or separate pots.
- Mulch your spearmint plants annually to keep the soil moist and nourished.
- Potted spearmint should be fertilized monthly during growing season using a liquid fertilizer.
- Divide the spearmint plants every two years to keep them healthy.
- Prune your plants regularly.
So now that you know how to grow spearmint, it's time to roll up your sleeves and get to planting!
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