Questions tagged [mint]

Flowering herb; also the entire Lamiaceae family. Use this tag with questions about caring, propagating and identifying mints.

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Which leaves should I harvest in a mint plant?

I am trying to grow mint. I did repot the plant cutting away excess roots. I placed the plant where it gets direct sunshine for about half a day and water the plant occasionally. It does pretty well ...
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Why has my mint plant gone all woody/sparse/stringy?

I grew my mint plant in a pot to contain the roots, and that has worked well for 3-4 months. However, the plant is not really producing fresh leaves now. Is there anything I can do?
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How can I get rid of mint?

I planted mint in my garden a few years ago and it turned out to be a mistake. I should have grown it in a container. I've been pulling out mint each year but can't get rid of it, so I dug up the ...
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How can I propagate mint?

I bought some mint twigs from the supermarket, and I needed only a few leaves. The rest of it was surplus, and I didn't want to throw it away. Knowing that mint is an invasive plant, I assumed it was ...
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Can I still use mint if it has aphids?

I have an abundance of mint that I'd like to use to make mint syrup. The plants are mildly infested with aphids, but that hasn't stopped them from thriving. If I harvest the mint, what can I do to ...
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Peppermint seeds? Isn't peppermint sterile?

At my local supermarket they are selling peppermint seeds. How is it possible? I thought peppermint was a sterile hybrid, and only reproduced through stolon.
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How many mint seeds should you plant?

I received a package of 50 mint seeds. They seemed small so I just planted all of them in a wide 10 liter pot. Was that too many seeds in too small of an area? How much is too much?
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Can I still use the mint leaves after the plant has flowered?

I have been gone a few weeks. Now my mint has all flowered. Can I still use the leaves? I want to make a batch of mint jelly.
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Is my mint plant dying or diseased?

About a week ago I decided to propagate a healthy stalk of mint that I had bought from the grocery store. The roots appear to be healthy and full, but two of the leaves appear to be abnormal. One of ...
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Should I be concerned about these purple stems and dead leaves?

I have a small mint plant that a friend grew from a cutting and gave me. He had it in a tiny pot, so I transferred it to another pot in pretty short order, and it's certainly been growing. I have not ...
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Why does my mint have dry, brown or black leaves and stems that are falling over?

What do I do for an indoor mint plant with dry leaves and stems which are falling over? Some leaves are brown or black.
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End of the Season Mint

Well I have two parent mint plants and both of them lost all of their leaves and sprouted up about 50 new sprouts that are growing great, but the original parent plants still don't have leaves. Should ...
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Who/what is eating my mint?

Who/what is eating my mint? What should I do about it? Can I do something organic? I had destroyed my mint a year ago by spraying a pesticide, so I don't want to go that route. I live in Jaipur, ...
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Identifying types of mints in my garden

I plant several types of mints in my garden but the naming keeps confusing me. There are some types that I thought I know the names but then searching through the Internet shown that the known names ...
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Does my mint plant have web blight?

In the pot I see small lumps that look like rocks, but they crush like dirt. Additionally, there's fuzz on the main stem that looks like a spider's web. Finally (what a brown thumb I've got) there's ...
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How to tell if mint plant is dead

My plant looks like this. Is it alive or dead ? I have not tried to do anything yet as I'm not sure I will be doing the right thing.
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How can I save spinach seedlings I planted in a pot with mint?

I put a mint plant inside a small container, and then proceeded to plant spinach seeds inside it. I have since learned that mint grows rampantly and should be confined. My poor seedlings! I already ...
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My mint is dying out?

When it became a bit warmer again I put my mint plant outside after it stayed inside for the winter. However, after I came back from a short vacation, almost all leaves turned black. I don't know what ...
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Identifying the type of mint

A friend gave me some mint, and didn't mention what type it is. How can I tell if it's spearmint, peppermint, apple mint, lemon mint, or some other variety? I googled some pictures, but quite frankly,...
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What should I do to keep my peppermint plant alive?

I decided to buy a small peppermint plant to have in my room this year. I put the plant in a new pot with additional soil and I've been keeping it indoors for most of the time in a place where it has ...
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How can I control mint rust?

Sharing knowledge here: Since I live in the San Francisco Fog Belt, I suffer from a variety of soil-borne funguses, including mint rust. In fact, mint rust is so severe that in the past I've had to ...
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Can you identify what this green plant is that looks like mint?

I found this growing behind my house, but I'm not sure what it is. It looks a lot like mint; however, it isn't minty smelling but more sweet smelling. Is it dangerous?
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How long does it take for mint sprouts to grow true leaves?

I have planted some mint seeds in a couple of pots and fortunately they germinated within a reasonable length of time (4 or 5 days, if I remember correctly). But the sprouts are somehow slow to grow: ...
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How do I take care of my mint plant?

I am a beginner in gardening, so I appreciate some tips on how to grow mint plants. Thank you!
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How often can you produce cuttings from mint?

If I create a cutting from my mint plant and begin to grow it in a container, about how long after it gets established should I wait before I create another cutting? What is the minimum waiting ...
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Pinching vs Pruning

Does pinching (using fingernails) or pruning (using a scissors or shear) affect an indoor houseplant differently ? And which method should I use with herb plants like mint and basil ?
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Is this mint fungus, or over/under watering my plant?

I have two mint plants that have grown without much fanfare. Occasionally I do notice the odd leaf with very dark brown edges, almost black. Some leaves also appear to have a powdery white substance ...
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What should I do about ants and aphids in my mint?

I have a pot of mint on my balcony. The pot seems to contain an Aphid colony (probably a separate question on how to get rid of them). But today, I noticed many ants in the pot as well. The ...
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Is this plant that smells like mint actually a mint?

We have moved in to a new home and the flower bed is overrun with what looks and smells like mint. Am I correct in assuming this is an edible mint plant which can be used in cooking?
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How can I control mint in the garden?

I'm going to be transplanting some mint (peppermint or spearmint I think) from an area where it has gotten too aggressive. It'll be going into a much smaller area in a section of the garden where I ...
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Tiny white spots appearing on mint leaf

I have been keeping this mint plot for several weeks and it has been growing just fine. Yet just today I noticed there's some white spots on some leaves surface, tried to clean with Q-tip but they ...
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Water levels for Mint in a window box

I can only grow things in containers as I have no garden and have an active herb garden mostly consisting of some very happy chives and some potted Bay, rosemary and basil.However the window box I ...
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Does anyone know what the white spots (see picture below) in mint leaves are?

The mint plants grown in pots has some white mold type deposits on the leaf. See picture below. Does anyone know what it is?
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Is it a problem that the stems of my mint cuttings are curling?

As a minor gardening project in my apartment I've been growing mint, for its robustness and pairing with alcohol. In my attempt to clone the plant I have and fill another pot, all four of the ...
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What is wrong with my mint plant?

I planted a new mint plant in a pot about a month ago and it had big, healthy green leaves. Now it has some serious issues but I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. I was watering it every 2-3 days and ...
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What is causing brown spots on my mint plant?

I have been rooting my mint in water and it rooted, then I found those brown spots appearing. It happened with all the mint plants I had before. I am in Egypt, and it gets morning sun and no afternoon ...
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Is this a kind of wild mint?

Flower and smell of this invasive plant is like mint but the leaves are different- can anyone suggest the plant name?
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What is this disease is this on my basil and mint?

I have a mint and a basil right next to each other. First the mint and then the basil developed a similar leaf disease. Any advice is appreciated.
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Is this mint infected/dying/salvageable/reviveable?

Looking for advice as for how to revive this mint, as well as how to detect whether or not other sprouts are invasive. I water this plant once a week, and keep it outside. It also catches rain, so I ...
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Bugs on mint leaves

We have small, dark brown bugs on the underside of our mint plant (in a window box on our balcony). I noticed today these bugs on the underside of our leaves. Could someone please help identify what ...
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How do I eradicate Mint

I have tried googling with no real answers without destroying the soil. I searched this forum and found this posting answered, but the answer suggests to mow the mint which is not an option for me. I ...
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Why is my mint plant growing like this?

Hi, I bought a mint plant from Walmart, figuring I can repot it and make it grow bigger. However it just keeps growing taller. I have 6-7” of just stem, with leaves on top. How/where should I trim it ...
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Mint plant deficiency

I have a question regarding mint plant. As you can see attached image, in which mint leaves are having very light color. Normally, mint leaves are in dark green. Is there any deficiency?
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Automatic Watering System for VERY small pots and seedlings?

As the title suggests, I'm currently germinating a bunch of lemon balm seeds in an egg carton. I heard they grew better uncovered so I didn't cover them, however, they seem to dry out rather quickly, ...
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Mint is becoming more withered

Recently my mint has been looking less and less healthy. Here's what it looks like right now: I made two changes since when it looked relatively healthy and when it started looking like this, which ...
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Mint plant or Pennyroyal plant?

Am I propagating an actual Mint plant or is it a Pennyroyal plant? it's from a grocery store. close-up and size of a leaf one vine
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Mint plant with white spots and black dots. Possible insect culprit

My mint plant has been getting white spots with black small dots all over it. I've cut them all down at some point, they always start to grow/sprout again perfectly without any spots, but soon enough ...
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Herb identification (Possible Satureja viminea)

Hi I'm developing a plant database for my garden and I'm having trouble identifying this herb. It has a minty taste and I believe I bought it as a mint variety. Here is a close up of so you can see ...
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Should I Take It Back Or Keep Trying To Bring It Back (Resolved)

So i bought two mint plants from Home Depot last month and one of them looks like it's completely just going to kneel over and die (That one's currently at my grandmother's) but i found out that that ...
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The mint plant I found is too tall, how should I prune it?

I found a mint plant in a friend's yard. It's very tall. There are three individual stalks. One is nearly two feet tall, the other two a bit under half that. The big one is fully flowered. The large ...