Overview of Herb Peppermint
Peppermint is a hybrid mint, a cross between spearmint and watermint. Originating in Europe and the Middle East, the plant is now widely spread and cultivated throughout the world. The plant can occasionally be found growing wild with its parent species. Water mint and spearmint combine to make peppermint, an aromatic plant.
More to love in Peppermint:
- Can be used to flavour foods, cosmetics, soaps, toothpaste, mouthwashes, etc
- This herb has a lot more medicinal uses
- Peppermint oil is known to kill the germs that cause bad breath
- Peppermint tea can be used to alleviate digestive symptoms
Benefits of Peppermint
As a herb, peppermint offers a number of health benefits. Peppermint oil can be applied to the muscles of your digestive system to alleviate various digestive symptoms. Researchers have found that peppermint oil reduces migraines and tension headaches. Peppermint tea may make headache symptoms worse. Because it contains peppermint oil, peppermint tea also works as a breath freshener.
How to Sow and Care for Peppermint Seeds
You can start Peppermint seeds indoors in late spring with a compacted soilless mix and drainage holes in seed trays or small pots. Using potting mix that contains fertilizer would be counterproductive because the chemicals in the fertilizer will burn the roots and plants. You can purchase seed starting mixes from professional growers or make them at home by combining peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite.
Ensure that the excess water runs out of the drainage holes by thoroughly watering the medium. Scattered over the surface, mix the peppermint seeds lightly. Seedlings germinate better when left exposed to light, so you shouldn't cover them with the mixture. You should mist the growing medium every day to keep it moist. A seedling usually grows in ten to sixteen days.
Seedlings should be thinned and transplanted when they are 2 inches high. The best time to plant seeds outdoors is after the last frost. Start seeds indoors before the last frost. Make sure plants are spaced 12 to 20 inches apart. Place the soil in a location that receives some shade in the afternoon by removing all weeds and loosening the soil. Containers on patios and decks look great planted with Peppermint.
You should use a large container so the plant has room to spread. To prevent roots from growing where the plant touches the ground below the pot, cut any trailing stems that touch the ground.
Note: This Overview is intended as a guide only since cultural practices and climatic conditions may vary.
- Sowing Time: Any
- Height: 120 cm
- Mature: 90 Days
- Bloom Time: June - September
- Temperature: 55-70 degrees F
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Clade: Tracheophytes, Angiosperms, Eudicots, Asterids
- Order: Lamiales
- Family: Lamiaceae
- Genus: Mentha
- Species: Mentha × piperita
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