Mint

Mint

Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Mentha
Species: Mentha spp.

Description

MInt is a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family, like marjoram and rosemary.
It is a plant that has been grown and used since olden days for its well-known aroma.
It is considered to be an invasive species therefore we recommend you plant it in pots; you can grow it satisfactorily in your vegetable garden, but its excessive growth may create competition with other species and not make it worthwhile.
Mint doesn’t have many requirements; it needs be planted in areas that are humid and slightly in the shade.
The plants tend to be of a creeping nature with stems that reach a maximum height of 1 mt.
It has roots that produce stolons, or runners, which are secondary roots that develop horizontally. The runners spread out along the surface of the ground and sprout new stems during the growing season.
The leaves, which grow in an opposite arrangement, are lanceolate with serrated edges. They are covered with hairs in which the typical essential oil, which gives the plant its aroma, accumulates.
The small flowers are pink, white or purple and grow grouped together in spiked inflorescences on the tips of the stems. The plants flower during the hotter season of the year and continue until the end of autumn.
Mint can be used fresh to add a touch of flavour to your dishes, or it can be dried in a cool airy place to be preserved longer.

Growing Sheet

Scientific name Mentha spp.
Productivity cycle Perennial
Recommended Seeding In Pots
Distance between rows 25 cm / 35 cm
Distance between rows 25 cm / 35 cm
Average growing time 5 years / 6 years
Estimated growing sqm per person 0.3
Can be grown in pots yes