Mint Growing Guide



Crop Rotation Group



Any average, well drained soil where mint's wandering tendencies can be kept in check.


Full sun to partial afternoon shade.

Frost tolerant

Hardy even in cold climates. If desired, small plants can be potted up in autumn and grown through winter indoors.


Not generally needed.


Single Plants: 20cm (7") each way (minimum)
Rows: 15cm (5") with 25cm (9") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Start with a purchased plant, or start seeds indoors and set out at about the time of your last frost. Mint is also easy to root from stem tip cuttings stuck into moist potting soil. Some strains are propagated only from cuttings rather than seeds.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Frequent pinching back helps to keep plants bushy and full, and it delays flowering. Spearmint or peppermint are the most versatile strain for cooking.


Gather sprigs as needed in the kitchen. Gather stems for drying in early summer, just before the plants bloom.


Often becomes invasive. If possible, grow near paths, driveways, or other hard surfaces, or in containers buried halfway in the ground.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Mint