So, I've had this Chocolate Mint plant for about a month now and some/most of the stems are brown. Some leaves on this plant also have brown spots on them, but not all are affected! So my question is: does my mint plant have a disease, too much sunshine, or something else?? Thanks in advance!! enter image description hereenter image description hereenter image description here

Edit: Here are the bottom of the leaves!! enter image description here enter image description hereenter image description here

  • Is this blight? Those stems aren't looking very healthy. – Rob Aug 9 at 16:48
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    You have such great pictures but could you give us a shot of the bottom of one of the leaves with black spots? – Rob Aug 9 at 19:54

Without looking at these plants closely with a microscope the the best I can say is this is a fungal infection, I suspect its Fungal Blight based on the lack of yellowing around these spots on the top of the leaves.

In terms of treatments well.. the prognosis is grim, unfortunately. You might try an over the counter fungal treatment or some natural/organic remedies you might try:

  • Apple cider vinegar spray: 2 tablespoons/gal
  • Baking soda spray: Mix one tablespoon of soda with two and a half tablespoons of vegetable oil and add to a gallon of water

On top of this your going to want to throughly rake the patch and clear the bases of these plants of debris. Prune (heavily) to increase air flow and slow down your watering schedule.

As I said the prognosis is grim. The "infection" has seemed to spread throughly. If you have sections of the patch still uninfected than I suggest you simply remove the infected sections entirely. Be sure to sanitize your gardening equipment before and after working with your mint, you woulnd't want to infect your tomatoes or what-have-you. These fungal infections can and will spread.

Another thing to consider is that the plant may be pot bound. Here is a mint that looks like it is suffering: enter image description here out of shot it is clear that the plant is going to flower.

And here is the same mint out of its pot: enter image description here Note the matted roots at the bottom of the root area.

Very easy to check, just knock it out of the pot and look at roots. Mint is a heavy feeder and likes to have room to grow. If it cannot get nutrients then it will steal from other parts of the plant to feed the flowers and attempt to set seed.

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