How to Grow Hydroponic Mint: No Soil, No Problem

Mint plants growing hydroponically in a pipe setup.

There are over 500 types of mint, botanists define slightly less than 30 species with the remaining 400+ being hybrids of these primary species. Common characteristics of all mint plants are the volatile and essential oils that create their hallmark menthol aroma and flavor. Another common characteristic of most mint plants is that they thrive … Read more

Types of Mint: 20 Mint Varieties to Grow At Home

Different types and varieties of mint growing in the garden.

Some say there are over 500 types of mint, botanists define slightly less than 30 species with the remaining 400+ being hybrids of these primary species. The reason there is such a large array of mint plants to choose from is that it hybridizes very easily. Two species of mint in close proximity to one … Read more

Mint Planting Guide

Herb – Culinary / Medicinal USDA Zones 3 to 10 Depend. on Variety Soil pH 6.0 to 7.0 Full Sun Perennial Mints are a pungent aromatic perennial herb. Most varieties of mint will spread rampantly. If left unchecked they form a lush ground cover and a net of underground stems. Mint sends out runners that … Read more

Habek Mint: Planting and Growing Guide

Habek Mint (Mentha longifolia) grows among grasses in the wild

Habek Mint aka Bible Mint hales from the Middle East it is believed by some to be the mint plant referred to in several Biblical passages Matthew 23:23 and Luke 11:42. Perennial in suitable zones USDA zones 5 to 11. In zones 3 to 6 it is best grown as an annual or potted and … Read more

How to Grow Egyptian Mint

Monarch butterfly on Egyptian mint flowers.

Egyptian Mint has the trademark menthol and mint flavor in a more subtle concentration coupled with a fruity secondary flavor somewhat like apple mint. The plant is fairly robust with an upright growth habit that is open allowing for a healthy airflow. The long pointed leaves are relatively large in comparison to most other varieties … Read more

How to Plant and Grow Chocolate Mint

Closeup of a chocolate mint plant.

Mentha x piperita aka chocolate mint is a fragrant perennial member of the mint family. As its name indicates it has a chocolate flavor coupled with the standard menthol common to all mint plants. The combination of compounds and essential oils of this plant creates a delicious flavor and aroma reminiscent of chocolate mint cookies, … Read more

How to Grow Banana Mint

Banana mint growing in a container.

Banana mint is one of the many various varieties of mint. As the name indicates this cultivar has the delectable aroma and flavor of bananas which is not betrayed by its appearance. The leaves are a flagrant lime green and at times a tad fuzzy. Aside from their culinary attributes banana mint is sometimes grown … Read more

How to Plant and Grow Apple Mint

Close up of apple mint growing in a herb garden.

Apple mint, Mentha suaveolens, is sweeter than most other mint varieties and has less of the strong menthol / mint flavor that is the signature of its genus. Both its flavor and aroma are more fruity than minty. Pineapple mint is a cultivar of Apple mint and is quite popular. Apple mint is the species … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Lavender Mint

Closeup of lavender mint growing in a herb garden.

There are more varieties of mint than Carter has little green liver pills. Chocolate mint, Banana Mint, Lemon Mint, Corsican Mint, Moroccan Mint, Egyptian Mint, Pineapple Mint and one of my personal favorites, Lavender Mint. Perennial in suitable zones USDA zones 5 to 11. In zones 3 to 6 it is best grown as an … Read more

Mint Insect Pests

A red beetle feeds on a mint leaf.

Many insects, certainly not all, just many will steer clear of mint. It’s pungent aroma and essential oils baffles their senses and leaves them searching for greener pastures. A few however are attracted to it and can become a real nuisance. Some varieties of aphids and other sap sucking insects, slugs and snails as well … Read more