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Growing mint
KuKuAhu
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Joined: Dec 23, 2002
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From: Kahiki, Ohio
Posted: 2004-01-02 7:05 pm   Permalink

I have been told that mint is easy to grow at home. It has been mentioned that it is in fact so easy to grow that it will go "bamboo" on ya and take over the yard.

Given that in my area it seems to do rather well, I have decided to give it a shot in spite of it's invasive nature.

I'll likely start it indoors and move it to a large container outside once it's established. I've done some research on the web, but wondered...

...does anyone here "grow their own"?

Mint that is.

I'd like to hear any tips if ya got 'em.

pele


 
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Talkie-Tiki
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Joined: Jul 05, 2002
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From: Hendersonville. N.C
Posted: 2004-01-02 8:19 pm   Permalink

That depends on the species and variety of mint grown. Some mint like common mint, lemon mint,peppermint and spearmint grow rather fast. mints like pineapple mint cinnaomon scented mint are very slow growers. I have had mixed reactions to choclate mint. Personally I like pineapple mint because of it's varigated leaves subtle pineapple flavor and slow growth . Also I noticed that the slower growing mints are not as invasive. There is a Mint called Corsican mint which I like and think it would be a great groundcover in a container and would look great in a container with a fairly large tiki the small dark leaves and musky-minty scent would be a good contrast to a large wooden style tiki

but hey that's my 2 cents!


 
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Sam Gambino
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Posted: 2004-01-02 10:20 pm   Permalink

Hey pele,
Plant it in a sunny spot and use good topsoil around it. Also water it everyday to get it going. Once it gets going, it does go wild. By summer's end, it will be full and green. I use it in iced tea or homemade spaghetti sauce. It's also good to use in a marinade (consisting of olive oil, garlic, mint, salt and pepper) for steaks or chicken when grilling. It will come up every spring even after a long, icy winter. If you have your lawn sprayed for weeds, make sure the mint doesn't get sprayed, though.


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tikifish
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Posted: 2004-01-03 06:22 am   Permalink

I had it growing like crazy outdoors, but no luck with it indoors (pineapple mint) once we moved to a garden-less home.



 
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captnkirk
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From: Hockessin, Delaware
Posted: 2004-01-03 8:21 pm   Permalink

Most people who grow mint have it run away on them. Plant the whole pot containing the mint into the ground, but even this is not foolproof.

Don the Beachcomber was having trouble getting mint for garnishing his drinks so he smuggled a few mint seeds to Hawaii in the brim of his hat. In about a year his gardener was suppling mint to all his restaraunts.

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DawnTiki
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Posted: 2004-01-03 8:52 pm   Permalink

Pele, what zone are you in? Although I haven't heard of a zone mint won't flourish in. I do know mint likes moisture. Eventhough I live in the Desert and I have several mint plants outside, yes, some growing where I don't want it. I have tried to kill the unwanted plants by ignoring them, stopped watering the area, mowing over it. The mint has won the battle so far. Once it's in a spot it's there for good.

 
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cynfulcynner
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From: Ocean Beach, San Francisco
Posted: 2004-01-03 11:09 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-01-03 20:21, captnkirk wrote:
Plant the whole pot containing the mint into the ground, but even this is not foolproof.



If you grow the mint in its own container rather than in the ground, it shouldn't spread. I use that method to grow catnip indoors.


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Kreaky Tiki
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Joined: Apr 19, 2003
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From: Goleta the good land
Posted: 2004-01-04 12:16 am   Permalink

I grow the common mint for use in, and as a garnesh for drinks like the mai tai. Having Mint around at a moments notice is very cool. Booze keeps well, but if you have to buy the herbs, you will certainly be caught short. My mint tries to get out of control, but I have a party and make mojitos, mai tais, etc. and trim it way back. This may be an expensive form of "weed" control, but you make friends by doing it.

Cheers,

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Kava King
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From: Kensington-on-Avondale
Posted: 2004-01-05 11:53 am   Permalink

A galvanized washtub makes an excellent prison for the demon weed.

 
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I dream of tiki
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From: Pittsburgh, PA
Posted: 2008-03-31 9:45 pm   Permalink

This thread deserves a bump.

Having just been to the store to buy a mint plant, I noticed what Home Depot called a "mint" mint (didn't catch the species) has a very different look than peppermint (mentha peperita). Neither of which seems to be what stores and bars are selling down here in FL (I really want to guess that retail variety is spearmint, aka. Mentha spicata, but don't have enough facts). Anyone favor a specific type of grown mint for drinks over the other types?

I bough both with the hopes of a taste test later on in the growing process. Got to find a spearmint now.

Just for fun (but way off topic), here's a link for all sort of Mint growing facts and some historic fun stuff. Yeah, its gears toward Houston, but the rest is still valid for us newbie green-thumbers.
http://www.herbsociety-stu.org/Mint.htm

NOTE: Edited to add genus & species of mint plants.

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DJ HawaiianShirt
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Posted: 2008-04-01 06:18 am   Permalink

I live in Washington DC, so I have to grow my mint in a window box on my balcony. Not only did it mostly take over the window box, but even after our particularly harsh winter, small sprouts were still there throughout.

Growing mint is about the easiest thing I've ever done. If anything, it's a bigger challenge to limit its growth. For people with gardens, I would suggest growing it in a pot anyway.
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BrickHorn
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From: Texas
Posted: 2008-04-01 07:54 am   Permalink

I remember mint growing like a weed in our yard as a kid. Yet, somehow, my wife managed to kill her mint plant. I swear she's the botanical Angel of Death.

 
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Haole'akamai
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Posted: 2008-04-01 09:26 am   Permalink

Unless you're in an ideal climate, mint will not do as well in a pot as in the ground. And it'll take even more time and energy to grow it indoors.

Unlike Bamboo, though, mint 'rhizomes'(roots, really) grow on the surface of the ground (or very close under). If you discover and create a joy for tending to your garden space, you can very easily keep mint contained.

If you wish to spend less time in your garden, do like other have said (Talkie Tiki, for one) and choose a specialty (pineapple, apple, banana, cinnamon, orange) that's a slower-growing variety.

Here in Oakland, chocolate mint is a racehorse; so I wouldn't include it in this category. If anyone wants cuttings (of chocolate, orange, apple, banana, lemon, ginger, cinnamon, and peppermint), we've got 'em.
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54 house of bamboo
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Posted: 2008-04-01 10:02 am   Permalink

Moroccan mint is my favourite. What's that called in the US I wonder?

Mentha spicata 'Nana' or 'Moroccan'

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Limbo Lizard
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Posted: 2008-04-01 7:56 pm   Permalink

Spearmint (mentha spicata) is the type you want to use in mojitos, julips, and as the garnish in tiki drinks. I grow it in the front flower bed. Peppermint doesn't have as strong a scent or flavor, it seems to me. I had both going for a while, but it all died out during a hot, dry summer. When I replanted, I only went back with spearmint.

 
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