Chocolate Mint Plant Benefits
The benefits of growing chocolate mint are many. First of all, it helps you to get rid of bad breath and other unpleasant smells.
Second, it is good for your skin because it helps with acne problems. Thirdly, it is beneficial for those suffering from asthma and hay fever symptoms. Fourthly, it is beneficial for those suffering from diabetes mellitus (diabetes). Fifthly, it is helpful for those suffering from high cholesterol levels. Finally, it helps with weight loss.
How To Grow Chocolate Mint?
There are several ways to grow chocolate mint plants. You can buy them at any grocery store or online. Alternatively, you can grow these plants yourself using soil and water.
Growing Chocolate Mint Plants Indoors
If you want to grow chocolate mint indoors, then there are two options available. One option is to use a plastic tub which you place inside your house.
Another option is to purchase a potting mix that contains peat moss and sand. It is important that the pot you use for this purpose has several holes in the bottom. You will find that this plant grows quite fast and spreads across your home quite quickly. To keep it under control, you need to trim it every now and again.
If you decide to grow your plants indoors, then you should place them near a window. They need at least six hours of sunlight every day.
You should also keep in mind that this plant needs water very frequently. Hence, you should check it at least once every day. It would be a good idea to use a spray bottle for this purpose, which will prevent the pot from becoming waterlogged.
If you do not have enough space inside your home or you do not want to spend all that time watering this plant, then you can grow it outdoors. Alternatively, you can grow it indoors and bring it outdoors during the summer.
How To Grow Chocolate Mint Plants Outdoors
When growing chocolate mint plants outdoors, you will find that they spread very quickly. Hence, you will need to keep a careful watch on them.
If left unchecked, these plants can take over your entire yard. You will find that they do especially well in the sun and are not particular when it comes to soil types. One thing you should know about this plant is that it can get up to three feet high and nearly as wide.
If you decide to grow your plants outdoors, then you will need to trim them on a regular basis. Furthermore, you should keep in mind that this plant can spread very quickly.
You will need to keep it from escaping into your neighbor’s yard. Alternatively, you can also plant it in a large container which prevents it from spreading. One thing you may notice, after a few weeks, is that honeybees seem to be drawn to this plant. Hence, you may notice more bees in your yard than you normally do.
When growing chocolate mint plants outdoors, you should place it in a sunny location. Alternatively, you can place it in partial shade.
It won’t grow as well if it doesn’t get at least six hours of sunlight every day.
Water your plant whenever the soil starts to dry out. You will also need to add some mulch on top of the soil to prevent the growth of weeds.
Furthermore, you should trim this plant at least once every two months. It would also be a good idea to plant it near other plants. This is because the roots can interfere with the growth of other nearby plants. You can also use it to keep away spiders and other insects.
Harvesting Your Chocolate Mint Plant
When it comes time to harvest your plant, you will find that this is quite easy to do. All you need to do is pluck off a few leaves and then add them to your food.
The best times to do this is when you are adding it to hot chocolate or coffee. Alternatively, you can crush the leaves before adding them to your food.
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