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About This Plant...
Family: Labiatae
Genus and species: Mentha spicata
Plant type: perennial
Height and width: 12-24 inches high; 12-24 inches wide
Location and soil: sun or partial shade; rich, moist, well-drained soil
Uses: fresh leaves in tea, cosmetics, desserts, baking, candy, and iced drinks
Propagation methods: division and cuttings
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: not recommended (mint hybridizes readily and does not often come true from seed)
When to transplant to garden:
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors:
Other Sowing Guidelines...
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Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 18 inches
Spacing between rows: 24 inches
Growing On...
Pests: aphids, cutworms, grasshoppers, root borers, flea beetles, spider mites, root weevils
Diseases: anthracnose, rust, verticillium wilt
Harvest: use fresh as needed
Growing tips: mint is very invasive and is best planted in pots sunk up to their rims in the ground


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