Growing Peppermint Herb Garden Seeds
Peppermint is a cold-hardy perennial that is hearty and thrives in warm temperatures, partial sun and moist soil. A fragrant herb, with many uses, remember that it’s a spreader and is best grown in large pots.
Days to Maturity: Perennial
Hardiness Zone: 5-9
Planting Depth: Surface
Plant Spacing: 18-24”
Growth Habit: Upright/spread
Soil Preference: Light and well-drained
Temp Preference: Full sun to partial shade
Light Preference: Warm
Color: Green-red leaves with pink flowers
Flavor: Cool green mint
Sowing and Growing
Sow seeds inside in early spring. Press lightly into the soil but do not cover as light aids germination. Pinch young plants to promote bushiness and transplant outside when the weather is warm. Plant in partial shade in hot areas and give consistent water. Make sure to use a very large pot, or place in the garden where spreading is not a problem!
Peppermint expands quickly, so harvesting throughout its growth is key. For the sweetest flavor, harvest just before flowering, but fresh leaves can be used anytime during the growing season. Dry bunches, or individual leaves. Store whole leaves for the best flavor. Uses include teas, sweets, and potpourri. Try adding to a hot simple syrup. Let cool and store in the refrigerator for a great addition to summer drinks!