Apple Mint Herb Plant
At flower shows we often get asked for "the mint my grandmother used to grow" Very often this is the variety they are looking for.
Apple Mint (Mentha suaveolens)is a very aromatic Mint with a delicious, strong, fruity scent. It has bright green leaves which are large, rounded and slightly hairy with serrated edges and produces spikes of white and pinkish flowers in late summer. While being a nice ornamental Mint where it really shines is as a culinary herb. It's widely used to make a brilliant Mint tea, Mint jelly or used as a garnish.
Can grow as tall as 100cm and spreads to 60cm.
About the Mint 'family'
Mint is a very commonly known herb of the Lamiaceae family. Mints are very aromatic herbs with a huge amount of uses as both a culinary herb and for its scent. They are usually perennial herbs with aromatic, slightly hairy or downy leaves with serrated edges which come in a range of colours depending on the variety. One of the best uses for Mint is to be planted by a path where you'll brush past it releasing the leaf's incredible scent. Mint flowers are usually small and compact, being attractive to bees and butterflies and range from white to purple or red. The leaves are used fresh or dried for many culinary purposes and have a fresh, crisp, aromatic flavour with a very characteristic cool aftertaste. Traditionally a compliment to lamb dishes, Mint is also used in teas, drinks, jellies, syrups, candies, ice creams and sauces. The are often used to flavour dishes as well as a garnish. Apart from it's use to flavour food it is also widely used in toothpaste and for its scent in perfumes and cosmetics. Most Mints will spread quite voraciously if given the chance so it can be best to keep Mints in a pot or container.
How do I stop a Mint plant from taking over?
This is a common question, but surprisingly it is also common that we hear the opposite from people. There is not great answer but if you want to be as certain as you can growing your Mint plant in a pot is the best way to go.
Is this plant "garden ready"
Maybe, we prefer our plug plants (also known as starter plants) to be potted up before going into the garden. The ideal size is a 9 cm pot, but it can be slightly smaller or larger if you would prefer. In the warmer months you may get away with planting straight out, but it is probably not worth the risk.
What compost should I use?
A good quality multipurpose compost is idea for this. You can use your own compost but make sure you know that it is not too high (or low) in nutrients.
Will I get the plants in the picture?
Yes, In the main picture. As this plant is a starter plant it may not look exactly the same at the moment but will grow to be the same as the picture. The plug plant picture is used to give you an idea of size and may not be the same variety.
Is this plant hardy?
Yes, as with most Mint plants this will die back in the winter and then come back through the ground in the spring.
What is a plug plant?
A plug plant is a small starter plant that is perfect to pot up in to a larger plant. We grow and sell so many of these because the allow us to do it for such a good price.
Is the plug plant in the picture the one I will get?
No, we use this picture just to give you an idea of the size of the plant.