Overview of Spearmint
A species of mint, Mentha spicata, also known as spearmint, garden mint, common mint, lamb mint, and mackerel mint, is native to Europe and southern temperate Asia, with a range that extends from Ireland in the west to southern China in the east. Many temperate regions of the world, including northern and southern Africa, North America, and South America, have naturalized it.
More to love in Spearmint:
- The herb is used as an ingredient in herbal teas and food
- In addition to being used as a flavoring, spearmint oil can also be used as a scent
- Its flavor is refreshing, so spearmint can help keep your mouth feeling clean
- Super easy to grow with a very low caring
Benefits of Spearmint
Additionally, spearmint has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can improve dental health. Chewing also helps in cleaning the mouth and teeth. Leaves and oil are used as medicines. You can use spearmints to treat a variety of digestive disorders, including gas, indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, upper gastrointestinal tract spasms, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bile duct, and gallbladder swelling (inflammation), and gallstones.
How to Sow and Care for Spearmint
The best conditions for growing spearmint are partial shade and well-draining, rich, moist soil. The best way to grow it is from plants, but you can also sow seeds once the ground warms up in the spring. Plants should be spaced 1 foot apart, and seeds should be sticky until they germinate. As soon as spearmint is planted, it takes off and can quickly spread.
Some gardeners grow spearmint in hanging baskets or containers rather than pulling out their runners constantly. As an alternative, you can also grow spearmint in a five-gallon pot with the bottom cut out if you want to grow it in a garden. Due to the runners, you won't have to worry about spearmint plants encroaching elsewhere in the garden.
You can take care of spearmint the same way you would most mints. Taking care of spearmint is very easy. It is important to mulch mint plants annually in order to keep their roots cool and moist. If you are fertilizing potting mint once a month during the growing season, you should use a liquid fertilizer.
To keep your plants healthy, divide them every two years. Ensure that your potted plants look healthy and attractive by pruning them regularly. If your location has very cold winters, you should move potted spearmint into a sunny window.
Note: This Overview is intended as a guide only since cultural practices and climatic conditions may vary.
- Product: Spearmint Seeds
- Season: Spring
- USDA Zones: 4a-11
- Days to Harvest: 60 days.
- Soil Type: Slightly Acidic
- Temperature: 13-21 Degrees Celcius
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Scientific name: Mentha spicata
- Higher classification: Mint
- Order: Lamiales
- Family: Lamiaceae
- Genus: Mentha
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