Spearmint spreads out quickly much like Peppermint. This perennial is not only fragrant but hardy as well. The lance-shaped leaves have a unique wrinkled texture, and you can expect pink or white flowers to bloom all summer long. Like other mints, Spearmint grows easily and may need to be confined in containers to prevent overcrowding. Spearmint can be used to flavor teas, cold drinks, sauces, jellies, vinegars, cookies, candies, deserts, fruit salads, and a variety of meat dishes and vegetable dishes.
Mint leaves can be harvested throughout the growing season. It is recommended that you use scissors to clip from the top of the plant. This will promote more leaf production lower on the plant.
Mint leaves can be dried in a single layer on a tray or screen turning a couple of times the first day. Be sure they do not overlap. The leaves need to be completely dry before you put them in an airtight container. If moisture shows up in the container, lay the leaves out on a paper towel to dry more. You can also freeze them whole.
Spacing: Plant 16” to 18” apart.
Height: Grows 16” to 18” tall.
How To Grow: Plant in full to part sun.
Outstanding Features: Spearmint can ease an upset stomach.
Tips: Leaves and leafy stem tips can be picked at any time for fresh use. For better results in drying Spearmint, cut the leaves just as flowering begins. Growth can be enhanced by frequent cutting.
Uses: Culinary Herb, Garden Bed, Containers