Spearmint Care: Learn How To Grow Spearmint Herbs
How to Grow Spearmint Herbs?
The most common question asked by people interested in growing spearmint is “how do I grow spearmint?”
The answer is simple. You just need to follow the steps given here. If you are not sure what these steps mean, then please read our tutorial on Growing Mint Plants.
Step 1: Choose A Plant Type That Will Do Well Under Your Environment
Growing spearmint requires a climate that is warm enough to allow it to thrive, but not too hot or cold. You will want to choose a plant type with the ability to survive both summer and winter temperatures. Some types of plants such as sunflowers and dahlias can withstand heat extremes better than others like ferns or sedums.
If you live in a colder region, then your best bet would be to use a variety of different varieties of spearmint. These include spearmints grown outdoors, indoor varieties and even seeds. There are many different kinds of spearmint available for purchase online. However, if you don’t have access to any kind of outdoor space where you could grow your own spearmint plants, then there are also some indoor strains that will work well for growing purposes.
Step 2: Find A Well-Draining Soil Mix For Your Herb Garden
The next part of the process is to find a well-draining soil mix for your garden. This is important because moisture retention can be a problem when growing herbs, and can cause some plants to become diseased or even stop growing altogether. Most herbs need looser soil that won’t retain too much water.
You can create your own well-draining soil mix by combining 2 parts of soil, 1 part pumice or very coarse sand and 1 part organic matter such as peat moss, compost or rotted leaves. Remember, looser soil means less water retention! You should also add some slow-release fertilizer to the soil before planting. Make sure to only add a little bit at a time and then gently mix it in so that the fertilizer will spread out over a larger area.
Step 3: Sow Your Spearmint Seeds
Sow your spearmint seeds about 1/4 inch deep in your soil, making sure that they are spread out within the soil so that they are not planted too closely together. Use a ruler or other straight edge to make straight rows if you are concerned about aesthetics.
Many people tend to plant their herbs at the beginning of spring or in the early part of the year. This ensures that your herbs will have time to grow before the weather gets too hot. If you are planting your spearmint outdoors, then you will want to wait until all danger of frost has passed before you begin this process.
Step 4: Water Your Spearmint Plants Thoroughly
Water your spearmint plants thoroughly right after planting. Then keep the soil consistently moistened but not overly wet.
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