Peppermint

 



Common Name: Peppermint

Scientific Name: Mentha piperita

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8

Approximate number of seeds per gram (ounce) : 16,500 (472,000)

Sun: full sun

Water: keep soil moderately moist during germination

Soil: cover with 1/4 inch of soil, use a rich, well-drained, acidic to neutral soil

Temperature: 21 to 25 degrees Celsius (70 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit)

Spacing: 18 inches between plants and in rows 24 inches apart

Germination Time: one to three weeks


Peppermint is a hardy plant that will grow well in a variety of conditions.  It grows so well that it tends to be invasive if not kept under control.  The flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies.  Peppermint makes an excellent garnish with desserts and can be used for teas.  It also has been said to aid digestion.

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