Apple mint, known endearingly by some as the “fuzzy mint” or “woolly mint,” can be planted from seed or plant and it propagates easily by cuttings. Since apple mint can be invasive, it is wise to consider confining the plants to a container. You can put the plant in a container and then bury the container.
Can we eat apple mint?
The leaves of apple mint are edible and can be consumed both raw as well as after cooking. These leaves are used in salads and cooked foods to add essence. The leaves are also used to prepare an herbal tea. Apple mint leaves are also used to prepare apple mint jelly.
How does apple mint spread?
Mentha suaveolens, often called apple mint, is a rhizomatous, upright perennial which is most commonly grown as a culinary herb and/or ground cover. It typically grows to 2 tall and spreads by rhizomes to form an attractive ground cover.
How fast does apple mint grow?
From seeding to maturity, mint takes about 90 days. This means that it will achieve its full height, generally of 1 to 2 feet, and it will be ready to harvest. At this point you can cut mint down to 1 inch above the soil, and it will regrow to harvest height again in a month and a half or so.
Will mint spread?
Mint grows 1 foot tall and spreads sideways indefinitely through fleshy, white rhizomes, which are horizontal underground stems. Containers prevent mint rhizomes from colonizing other areas of the garden.
Does Apple Mint need sun?
Mints thrive in light soil with good drainage. Most species will tolerate some shade, and the variegated types may require some protection from direct sun. Direct sunlight may slow its growth, and growing it in full sun will require more watering.
What good is Chinese mint?
Mint leaves are also believed to be a drug used to treat pain in the body. Mint is known to clear congestion of the nose, throat, bronchi, and lungs. It also does wonders for our overall oral health. Reputed health benefits include cholesterol maintenance and sinus relief.