Applemint (Mentha rotundifolia)
One of the first foliage fillers to be ready in my garden and also the last still standing in November!
This perennial, once established, will give you bucket loads of stems and needs very little care and attention.
Fresh green foliage early in the season and stems with delicate flowers later in summer. Perfect for bouquets and buttonholes.
How to grow:
As with many perennial plants, germination can be slow and erratic so I start seeds in mid February in 40 cell trays.
Sow one or two seeds per cell onto the surface of the compost, seeds need light for germination so ‘do not cover’.
Restrict roots at planting, this tolerant plant can be invasive. We have successfully kept our plants within the confines of its own raised bed. In smaller gardens you can sink a large container into the soil to confine plants or simply grow in pots on the patio.
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Type: Hardy Perennial
Position: Full Sun / Part Shade
Sow: Early Spring
Germination: can be slow and erratic
Harvest: April onwards
Seeds per packet: 1000 (approx. counted by weight)
Cutting /Vase Life:
Pick as soon as stems feel firm for foliage. The plant will produce flowering stems later in summer. These stems do not need any special conditioning other than resting in water preferably overnight. Click for more detailed information on conditioning.
Brilliant vase life of 7 days or more.