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Below are general guidelines for growing mint including plant height to enable you to plan exactly where to place them when growing amongst other plants.


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Plant Height

Up to 30cm/12 inches

Where to Sow

Indoors in small pots 7.5cm/3" diameter. 

Sowing time

Indoors February/June - temperature   +16C/61F.  Can be sown outdoors but germination may be slow.

How to Sow

Very thinly. Press seeds into moist  compost, then place in sealed polythene bags or cover with glass. Water from beneath. Keep compost moist but not very wet.

After Germination

Remove the glass/from the bag and grow on

Growing on - 

 in Pots

When 5cm/2-inches transplant to 1 plant per 7.5cm/3 inch pot. Harden off   and finally move outdoors once all danger of frost has passed.

Growing on -

in open ground

When 5cm/2-inches thin to 3 plant per 7.5cm/3 inch pot. Harden off  and finally move outdoors once all danger of frost has passed. Once they are established with a good root system, transfer to the open ground 30cm/12 inches apart. Mint spreads like wild fire - Beware!


Leaves can be harvested anytime


Sprinkle finely chopped mint over vegetables, especially new potatoes and peas, fish, Lamb, veal and fresh fruit. 



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