Macho Macho Mint you wanna grow a macho mint. Macho mint has a robust 'macho' flavor and aroma, it is very pungent and highly abundant once established. Unlike some of the sissy mints, macho mints possess a strong staying power and holds its flavor later in the season when other mints had fizzled and gone limp. It can even be harvested and enjoyed after a light frost. At the other end of the growing season, It is among the first to pop up in the spring.
USDA zones 4 to 11
Soil pH 6.0 to 7.0
Partial Shade best or tolerable of Full Sun
Soil: Well Drained
Space Seedlings 18 to 24 inches apart
Growth Habit: Upright
Starting these plants from seed is a tad tricky. Germination rates are low and they are slow to get going. Starting from cuttings or divisions is the most common mode of starting macho mint. if you have access to any, or starter plants can be purchased.
Macho Mint is vigorous in most soils so long as it is well draining. Modest amounts of fertilizer 2 to 3 times per season can't hurt. Fertilize once in early Spring and then every fifth week thereafter with a balanced fertilizer.
Macho mint, like most mint family plants will spread prolifically if left unchecked. Once established it has a tendency to dominate its area so you'll need to maintain its spread in order to prevent it from overtaking neighboring plants.
One method of controlling mint plant is using bottomless containers 12 - 15 inches in depth and sunk in the ground with one or two inches protruding above the soil surface. Another is to plant them above ground in containers.
Keep the plants in check by harvesting the tips on a regular basis and removing renegade runners. Small flowers bloom from June to September, you should trim these before the buds open to keep the plant compact and manageable.
A layer of mulch in the Autumn will help protect them in their winter dormancy.
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