Peppermint is a very particular aromatic herb, since it can be used both as food and as a medicinal plant. It is characterized by a minty smell and taste, which is why some people call it garden mint.
It is very common, apart from eating it in the form of chewing gum, to make an infusion with peppermint to improve digestion and soothe pain and inflammation. This article will teach you how to plant this very beneficial and complete herb.
How to plant and grow spearmint
Growing this plant could not be simpler, as you only have to follow these eight steps or keys, as they are understood. You will have it ready in no time:
- Planting peppermint from cuttings of another plant: the cutting, for those who do not know, is a fragment of stem cut from a plant and introduced in substrate or directly in the soil to root with the intention of reproducing it. It would help if you placed this cutting in a glass, submerging the stem in water so that the roots grow.
- Plant it in spring: this is the ideal time for mint to develop well. You can plant the shoots in the garden or pots. We recommend the second option, as this way you will be able to move them more easily when the weather changes.
- Choose a large pot: mint spreads very easily, so make sure that the pot you choose is large.
- Place the pot on a drainage system: this will prevent water from stagnating. The most convenient is to place it in the nurseries specially designed for this purpose.
- Fill the pot with planting compost: then place the mint cuttings to germinate properly.
- Protect peppermint from the sun: this plant does not tolerate direct and constant exposure to the sun’s rays. Therefore, you should place the pot in a place where it is protected but not completely covered.
- Lots of light and humidity: mint adapts to different climates, but these two elements are indispensable. If you are going to plant it in the garden, ensure it is in an area where the sun does not shine all day. Look for semi-shade.
- Water it constantly: to make sure the soil is moist. However, be careful not to pour too much water, because the roots could rot.
Finally, if you have mint planted in your garden, you should not plant spearmint nearby, as one will crush or fertilize the other, and all become spearmint plants. Be very careful with this. We hope that all these tips have helped you to plant this aromatic herb so complete and beneficial to your health. Lots of encouragement!