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How to grow peppermint in pots or window boxes

Peppermint in a pot

Peppermint (Mentha piperita, Mentha pulegium, Mentha Rotundifolia) is a herbaceous aromatic plant. It is one of the easiest aromatic plants to grow.

You can sow peppermint seeds in early spring, after the last cold weather. Use a lot of seeds because many of them are sterile.

Spread the peppermint seeds over the soil and water immediately. Do not cover the seeds with soil. Put the pot where the sun will see it. The seeds will germinate in about 12 days.

To help the seeds germinate, you can cover the pot with a transparent plastic, e.g. wrapping film. This will create a draft greenhouse effect.

Another common way of propagation peppermint is by using rhizomes. You can transplant peppermint rhizomes from a developed plant into a new pot or window box.

Peppermint needs sun to grow, but it can tolerate a place where it gets a few hours of sunlight a day.

Peppermint needs to be watered regularly because it is water demanding.

Greek name: Μέντα.

For guides on growing more herbs in pots or window boxes in the city, you may also check: How to grow 16 herbs and other aromatic plants in pots and window boxes.


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