Spearmint, also known as garden mint, common mint, lamb mint and mackerel mint, is a species of mint, Mentha spicata, native to Europe and southern temperate Asia, extending from Ireland in the west to southern China in the east. Spearmint plants can reach about three feet tall at maturity, but it can also be low-growing, depending on the amount of light that it receives.The pink or lilac flowers grow on spikes and bloom in the summer and autumn.
- You can start seeds directly in the garden after the risk of frost has passed, or start them indoors about eight weeks before your last frost date.
- Seeds should be planted about 1/4 inch deep in prepared soil or a seed starting mix.
- Mint seeds like the soil to be constantly moist and warm.
- Germination takes about two weeks.
- If you’ve started your plants indoors, harden them off for about a week before planting them out in the garden.
- Spearmint can grow in almost any type of soil, including soils that are sandy or loamy, as well as clay. However, regular watering is particularly important in hot, dry climates or if you have sandy soil. Keep soil evenly moist but not waterlogged
- It can also grow in various light conditions from full sun to full shade, though the flavor and blossoms will be less impressive in the shade.
- Control spread by pruning, pulling, or planting in containers.
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