Mint – Moroccan

A pretty compact variety of mint that looks great in a pot  or in the garden. This hardy perennial can be used to flavour food, fancy drinks or as a delicious and healthy tea. An excellent nectar source for bees and other beneficial insects.  Reaches a height of 45-60 cm (18-24″).

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Description

Botanical name
Mentha spicata var. crispa

Family
Labiatae

Spacing
61 cm (24″) apart

Depth
13 mm (½”) deep

Requirements
Does well in dappled shade. It has medium water needs and suits a range of soil types, but prefers rich, well-drained, alkaline soil, pH 6.5-7.

Germination
Seeds will sprout in 15 days

Pests
Mint rust, powdery mildew, leaf spot

Timing
You can start the seeds indoors, but best to plant cuttings or a rooted plant after danger of frost is past.

Growing
Either grow in containers or take measures to prevent the spread of the roots, so it doesn’t overtake your garden.

Harvest
80 days

Season
Cool, perennial

Links
How to grow mint