Applemint (Mentha rotundifolia)
One of the first foliage fillers to be ready in my garden and also the last still standing in November!
This perennial, once established will give you bucket loads of stems.
I have an area under some huge trees where nothing grows well, yet the mint just thrives! The soil is extremely dry so I give it regular water to keep growth lush.
This tolerant trait also means that it can be a rampant spreader if the roots are not restricted in some way. We have successfully kept our plants within the confines of its own raised bed which it took a couple of years to fill. For the smaller garden you could sink a large pot into the ground to confine the roots on a smaller scale or simply plant in pots on the patio.
For nice straight stems provide some support early on, this crop grows quickly.
How to grow:
As with many perennial plants, germination can be slow and erratic so I start seeds in February onto the surface of the compost, seeds need light for germination so ‘do not cover’. For more detailed growing instructions join our ‘Grow Along’ on Instagram
Type: Hardy Perennial
Position: Full Sun / Part Shade
Sow: Early Spring
Germination: can be slow and erratic
Harvest: April onwards
Seeds per packet: 1000 (approx. counted by weight)
Cutting /Vase Life:
Pick as soon as stems feel firm for foliage, the plant will produce flowering stems later in summer. These stems do not need any special conditioning other than resting in water preferably overnight. Click for more detailed information on conditioning.
Brilliant a vase life of 7 days or more.