Spearmint Planting and Care Guide
Quick Facts About Spearmint
Sweetly aromatic, Spearmint, can be used in both cooking and in potpourri and other fragrant decorative items. Spearmint herb is used to make mint jellies and sauces and of course, tea! Spearmint also has medicinal benefits as well.
Sow Spearmint seeds directly into the garden in the spring once frost danger has passed.
Spearmint plants prefer partial sun and rich, well-draining soil. Spearmint spreads easily, so put it in an area where there is room to spread or grow in containers.
How to Plant Spearmint
- Work the garden soil to a depth of 6 inches
- Add organic material to add nutrients
- Moisten soil and scatter Spearmint seeds
- Press the herb seeds into the soil but do not cover
- Keep the soil moist for germination
- Thin seedlings to 12 - 16 inches apart
Care And Maintenance
- Keep the Spearmint plants consistently irrigated until well established
- If grown in pots, add a water soluable fertilizer every 4 - 6 weeks during the growing season
- Potted plants should be pruned regularly as well
- Leaves can be harvested any time but the flavor is best prior to blooming
- Trim off flower to promote more leaves
- Mulch each year to help control weeds
- Divide plants every 2 - 3 years for best performance