Keep picking leaves often. You’ll encourage new growth that way. Younger leaves are more flavoursome.
All that growing is thirsty work, so keep him regularly watered, especially in very hot weather.
A sunny spot
He’ll grow best with quite a lot of sunshine. Partial shade will be fine, but full shade will mean tiny leaves.
It’s best to keep mint in a pot, rather than planting it in the ground. It spreads really quickly and can easily take over a flowerbed.
Botanical name Mentha spicata
Spearmint; Common mint
Plant height (including pot)
Nursery pot size
Mint is one of the most useful garden herbs and one of the easiest to grow. You don’t need much space for it. If you’ve got room for a small pot on your balcony, patio, or even a windowsill, you can grow mint. Take care of it and you should get plenty of leaves to use in cooking, tea and cocktails.
Mint likes sun and moisture, so put it in the brightest spot available and water it frequently. As long as its pot has a drainage hole so that excess water can escape, it’s hard to overwater it.
The best way to keep mint happy is to keep picking it. The more you pinch or snip off leaves, the more it will grow to replace them. You should get plenty of growth through spring, summer and autumn. In winter, you can either cut it back to soil level and wait for it to come back in spring, or you could bring it inside. It should carry on growing in a warm, bright spot.
If you leave at least part of the plant to flower it will attract bees and other pollinators.
A mature mint plant (at least a year old) can easily be divided to make multiple new plants. It’s really easy to do. Follow our guide here. And don’t forget potting soil for the new plants.
Did you know?
Mint has been a popular plant for so long that it’s even mentioned in The Bible.