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This is just a general question.

I have mint plant that I have bought from the store. However, some of the mint plants in the same pot looks different. Their stems are red and leaves are very small the stems look ore strong than others.

Can anyone please explain?

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  • Can we have a photo of the whole plant and its pot please, and not just the long stems? And are you growing it indoors or outside? I have to say it doesn't look like mint - what was it sold as, precisely? – Bamboo Jun 14 '18 at 13:34
  • They're probably flower spikes – David Liam Clayton Jun 14 '18 at 13:43
  • @DavidLiamClayton - I know my vision is failing, but I'm having trouble detecting square stems.... can you see any? – Bamboo Jun 14 '18 at 14:05
  • @bamboo what, apart from the fact that you can't see in the photograph whether this plant has square stems, makes you think it's not mint? Assuming the owner has a vaguely working sense of smell I'm sure she or he can identify it without any risk of confusion whatsoever. – David Liam Clayton Jun 14 '18 at 16:23
  • Growth habit - which is why I asked where its being grown - in poor light conditions, it would look etiolated, like this. And if it is in poor light, that would explain its desperation to flower, in a bid for freedom or to reproduce – Bamboo Jun 14 '18 at 17:27
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You’ll find that mint has been hybridised over and over again throughout the years.

Many subspecies, variations, hybrids and cultivars have appeared and through these processes, mints have retained some of the original DNA from the parent plant.

Red stemmed mint is a hybrid, the result of crossing Mentha arvensis and Mentha Spicata

Even if you’re mint is neither, it still carries cells from the red stemmed mint.

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