|Scientific Name:||Mentha piperita|
Peppermint is a variety of the mint family. Here are a few other mint varieties similar to peppermint that you could try to grow:
The chocolate mint plant is so named because of the sweet chocolate-mint flavor given off by the leaves. It is the perfect topping for ice cream, as well as a delicious tea.
While the spearmint plant looks very similar to the peppermint plant, it seems to have brighter leaves that are more pointed.
The white edges of the leaves of pineapple mint are very attractive and make a nice garnish. It can grow to between 2 and 3 feet tall.
If you like the flavor (and smell) of the lavender plant, you may love lavender mint, which gives off a small hint of the aroma.
The apple mint plant is also known as woolly mint due to its woolly stems. The plant is very popular but should always be planted in containers as it will otherwise spread very quickly.
Watermint is an aquatic mint that naturally grows near rivers and other waterways in northern Europe. If you have a backyard pond, this plant may attract butterflies to your garden.
Peppermint Basic Care
Common Problems with Peppermint
How Does Peppermint Spread?
Peppermint is a perennial herb that can be grown from seeds or cuttings. Cuttings can be taken and propagated in soil to grow additional plants.
If you choose to grow peppermint from seeds, keep them moist until germination occurs (generally about 2 weeks). Once they sprout up, give them plenty of light so they grow quickly. You may want to cover them with plastic wrap if temperatures get too hot during this time. When transplanting, make sure there is enough space around each plant so that roots don’t touch other plants to give them room to grow and to help prevent disease.
How to Prune Peppermint
Peppermint needs little maintenance once established. However, you must remove any dead leaves before new growth appears. To do this, gently pull off all the old foliage by hand or use a pruning tool. Don’t prune too far back (about a third of the plant at most). Use or store the leaves you remove to take full advantage of peppermint’s benefits.
Best Container for Peppermint
Peppermint should be stored in a large enough pot to allow it to spread. One that is about 10 inches in diameter works well. Make sure there is plenty of drainage available. If you’re looking for a place to put your peppermint, consider using a hanging basket. These containers come in many shapes and sizes, making them easy to move indoors when needed. They also look great outdoors.
Companion Plants for Peppermint
Some companion plants for peppermint include the following:
Kale, known as Brassica oleracea, is a popular edible plant that is grown in many vegetable gardens. This loose-leafed plant will typically grow bluish-green, but can also come in varieties of purple, red, or green. The plant is a cousin of cabbage and contains many nutrients and vitamins. Not only is it full of fiber, but it contains calcium, antioxidants, iron, and vitamins C and K. Kale is often consumed by people who are working toward living a healthy lifestyle. It is a bit chewy but is also very tender.
Known as a cheery flowering plant, the marigold is an annual that blooms for a long season. They are very easy to grow and maintain, making them the perfect plant for a new gardener. The full flowers, made from many layers of overlapping petals, come in many colors, most often gold, yellow, or orange, but they can also be found in maroon or red. You can also find hybrids that have two-toned flowers if you want to showcase something more unique. The flowers are also used as a home remedy for ulcers, period cramps, upset stomachs, and more.
Tomatoes are fairly easy to grow and are a very popular addition to many dishes. There are many varieties that come in a range of sizes and tastes and will have a different harvesting schedule to each other. The two main types of tomatoes are “determinate tomatoes” and “indeterminate tomatoes.” Determinate tomatoes tend to grow to a 2 or 3-foot tall bush. Many canning tomatoes are determinate. Indeterminate tomatoes are “vining” plants that often need to be staked in order to stay upright. Many cherry tomato varieties are indeterminate.
Oregano is a hardy, perennial herb Today, there are over 100 different species of oregano worldwide that plants similar characteristics including attractive foliage, aromatic leaves, and beautiful rose-purple or white blooms. Oregano prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It will tolerate drought conditions provided its roots remain moist. Like other members of the Lamiaceae family, oregano thrives in hot weather. Oregano is often used in many tomato-centric recipes and is the main ingredient in both pizza and pasta sauce.
Similar Plants to Peppermint
Plants that are similar to peppermint in one way or another will include the following:
The pennyroyal plant is a perennial mint with small aromatic leaves. When in bloom, the plant will display flowers that are blue or violet that contains an oil that is often cultivated for home remedies. The spearmint-like scent is also said to chase away pests. When planted in early spring, the pennyroyal can grow very quickly and may need to be pruned back to not overtake your yard or garden. The plant may also be able to attract bees and butterflies to your garden. The stalks of the plant are long and vibrant green.
Catnip, also known as Nepeta cataria, is a member of the mint family. This perennial is known for its minty smell that cats simply adore. The plant stands erect and has square stems and light-green foliage that resembles feathers. The leaves of the tea are often used for medicinal purposes, especially in tea form. Many people claim that it treats their anxiety, insomnia, and other symptoms. The flowers are lavender in color and are often used as a home remedy to treat coughs.
Lavender is a well-known and loved perennial herb that produces long stems with delicate buds and blooms. While the foliage can range in color from bright green to grey, the flowers are typically light purple but can come in other colors. They emit a floral scent that many people find calming. In fact, lavender is often used as a home remedy for sleep or stress relief. Lavender is fairly easy to grow and can be harvested up to several times per year (depending on the variety).
Spearmint is one of the most popular herbs today because of its pleasant aroma. This easy-to-grow herb originated in Asia Minor where it was traditionally used to make tea. Spearmint likes cool temperatures and lots of sunshine. If your area gets really hot in the afternoon, make sure the plant has a little shade. Once planted outdoors, give spearmint plenty of space between plants. They grow quickly and spread by underground rhizomes. Spearmint has plenty of health benefits as well, including soothing sore throats and anxiety relief.