The plant that gives the leaves that add the perfect touch to most indian curries and sauces – The Mint. A herb that is a native of North America, South Africa, Eurasia and Australia. However, due to the resilient nature of the herb, it has populated the entire world. Identified by its fresh scent and the unique square shaped stems, these plants make the surrounding feel calmer and pleasant. The flowers that bloom for a brief period of time are a treat to the eyes. It is one of those plants that look lovely in a homely space as well as strives in the wild.
Common name: Mint plant
Scientific name: Genus Mentha
Size: The plant spreads rapidly. So its safe to assume that more than one plant might spring up sooner or later. A single mature mint plant will take upto 18 to 24 inches of area and is 12-18 inches tall.
Maintenance: A low maintenance plant. Unlike many plants, you might have to keep its wild growth in check. It is thus very easy to take care of.
Toxicity: This herb species is non toxic to both animals and humans alike. In fact, it is consumed all around the world for its rich flavor and amazing medicinal properties. Huge doses might cause inconvenience for the pets. Thus, having this plant means happy days for everyone.
Where to keep the plant: Indoors in a bright spot or in the balcony.
Mint plants are big time water babies. They need to be watered almost regularly. Keeping the soil moist but not soggy is the goal here.
These plants are really flexible when it comes to sunlight exposure. They survive in direct exposure as well with good amount of watering. It can even grow well in shade. Partial sunlight is ideal for healthy growth.
One of the few necessities of these herbs is a rich organic compost soil that can drain water effectively. Adding drainage holes and peat moss is great to help with drainage.
These plants are survivors at their best. They tolerate a good amount of humidity fluctuations. However if your plant looks too dull, a spray of mist will do the trick.
It feeds a lot during the growing seasons. Organic manure or liquid fertilizers are recommended when the plant is in its growth phase. A dose of fertilizer every couple of weeks in growing seasons is ideal.
The spread of mint leaves is somewhat natural and quiet like a forest fire if i may say so myself. These herbs cover the ground like wild weeds. Wherever they touch the ground, new plants come up as it sows its roots inside. However, you must keep them in check. If you wish to grow mint plants by yourself, cutting is an easy approach. You can also plant new plants through seeds.