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Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

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Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

from 4.00
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more photos to come, we are currently out of stock and therefore can’t take any! More stock available August 2019.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is here! This is a favourite. We keep a pot in the kitchen in full indoor sun, and use it fresh in teas. It grows like regular mint, with suckers coming up from the soil and reaching 20-30cm high. It has dark green, rounded leaves coming directly from the stem, and 7-8 fresh leaves per cup of tea do the trick.

Because Peppermint spreads along the ground (it is slower than regular mint, but as anyone who grows mint knows, it has a tendency to take over), most people prefer peppermint in a pot. It is happy in a pot but needs to be divided and repotted in fresh soil every few years or so. If you grow it directly in the garden, it will tolerate full sun but prefers part shade, and will also survive in full shade.

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more photos to come, we are currently out of stock and therefore can’t take any! More stock available August 2019.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is here! This is a favourite. We keep a pot in the kitchen in full indoor sun, and use it fresh in teas. It grows like regular mint, with suckers coming up from the soil and reaching 20-30cm high. It has dark green, rounded leaves coming directly from the stem, and 7-8 fresh leaves per cup of tea do the trick.

Because Peppermint spreads along the ground (it is slower than regular mint, but as anyone who grows mint knows, it has a tendency to take over), most people prefer peppermint in a pot. It is happy in a pot but needs to be divided and repotted in fresh soil every few years or so. If you grow it directly in the garden, it will tolerate full sun but prefers part shade, and will also survive in full shade.

Every year after flowering, I cut my peppermint right down to ground level to reduce the chance of it developing rust. Once your mint has rust, it’s very hard to shift- so I suggest you do as well! It dries for loose leaf tea very well. Peppermint can be further categorised as ‘black’ or ‘white’- ‘white’ peppermint is lighter green, while ‘black’ is darker green with some purple on stems and leaves. The variety we sell is black, as it has a higher oil content.

Peppermint is great for a variety of physical ailments, and is best known for helping address indigestion as well as shifting mucus to help colds and flu. Please be aware that consuming Peppermint can make gallstones worse and can never be taken with an immunosuppressant.

Please note that cuttings are wrapped in wet newspaper, with no roots, in a small amount of soil. In the case of Peppermint, it will likely have roots, and the runners need to be buried just under soil level. If you are not confident at planting, you should purchase the adult plant. You will receive three 10cm cuttings that need to be into wet soil as soon as possible.