Mentha spp. Spearmint leaves are used in a variety of recipes, the most popular being jelly and tea. This sun loving mint is hardy to Zone 4. It is best grown in a container since it spreads aggressively. Approx. 1700 seeds/pkg.
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Sow seeds in warm, rich, moist well-draining soil, 1⁄4 inch deep. Thrives in partly shady locations with plenty of moisture and spreads voraciously. Allow 1-11⁄2 feet between plants. Don’t dress the soil with too much organic matter or fresh manure, as this will cause rust problems.
Mint is a tough plant and can be harvested as soon as it comes up in the spring. Young, tender leaves and stems are more flavourful than older ones. Best used fresh, as mint loses potency quickly.