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Mint Plant is a herbal plant that belongs to the family Lamiaceae. Scientifically known as Mentha, Mint is a perennial aromatic herb which is used to add flavor to a lot of dishes.
Scientifically known as Mentha, Mint is a perennial aromatic herb which is used to add flavour to a lot of dishes. It belongs to the Labiates family. It is said to be a symbol of purity and can help relieve stress and anxiety.
Mint is easy to grow and easy to maintain. Growing it is very rewarding; you get pesticide-free mint right at your house.
Mint should be planted in a sheltered region where it will receive a lot of indirect sunlight. Direct light can scorch the leaves. In cooler temperatures, it can be grown in full sun.
The leaf colour varies from light green to dark green to a purplish tinge at times. The leaves are very fragrant. The flowers are white in colour. The fruit is a nutlet containing 4-5 seeds. It's an evergreen herb. Frequently harvest the leaves to make way for new growth.
Water regularly as the soil needs to be kept evenly moist but not too wet. Water when the topsoil starts to dry. Do not over-water.
The plant requires a rich, well-draining, light soil. Soil should be able to maintain moisture with being water-logged although the plant can resist slightly boggy conditions. Make sure the container has drainage holes. A layer of mulch over the soil can help maintain the moisture content.
Mint plant will usually grow up to 1 to 2 feet. It is known to spread so make sure the container is wide enough.
Occasionally fertilize the plant with an all-purpose water-soluble fertilizer. Herbs grown at home do not require frequent fertilizing. Over-fertilizing will only harm the plant.
Hairy caterpillars, powdery mildew and aphids can be a problem sometimes. Spray them off with water or remove them manually. Prune the infected leaves and other parts.
Mint is a herb used widely as a flavouring agent in cooking. It has medicinal properties too and is used in the preparation of drugs used to treat nasal problems, rheumatism and bronchial problems. It is also used in the preparation of mint oil, mouthwashes and toothpaste. They can also be planted as ground covers and air fresheners.