Mint, Pineapple (Mentha suaveolens) - 25 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 5-11
There is no doubt that pineapple mint plants (Mentha suaveolens 'Variegata') are among the most attractive varieties of mints in the world. On top of that, it's also one of the most fragrant with a very agreeable smell that is like a cross between pineapple or fruit and mint. This versatile plant is well worth growing due to the number of uses it can serve. Any dish that requires mint can be served with pineapple mint leaves as well as an attractive garnish, in potpourris, or in any drink that calls for it. As a groundcover, it is attractive and fragrant, and it can also be grown in containers and hanging baskets.
Transplant (recommended): Start 6-8 weeks before setting out in early spring; young plants can withstand some freezing. Sow seeds on top of the growing medium, gently pressing them into the soil mix. Do not cover, as the seeds require light to germinate. Keep moist and germinate at a temperature of 55-65°F. Transplant seedlings into individual containers when the first true leaves appear in full sun to partial shade. Pinch off the top sets of leaves regularly starting at the seedling stage for a bushier, healthier plant. When 3-4" tall, transplant outside, spacing plants 12-18" apart in rows 18" apart. Since mint spreads quickly, choose location carefully, possibly with a growth barrier. Water deeply once in a while, rather than watering the plants lightly more often. To prevent the spread of leaf diseases, water the soil and not the foliage. Cut back the plants to the ground before winter. This will make for healthier, more prolific plants the following year.
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