Peppermint: Learn How to Grow and Propagate

I had this herb for more than a year now and I have not found any practical use for it until recently.  About two weeks ago, I had a mild headache which lingered for almost 2 days.  As I didn’t want to take any off-the-counter drug yet,  I thought of an herbal remedy which my mother had used to treat us with when we were kids–  a peppermint rub.  After gathering a bunch of fresh peppermint  leaves, I crushed and mixed them with some baby oil.  Then I rubbed a little bit of the mixture on my forehead. In a few minutes, the headache was gone.

Peppermint has a lot other medicinal uses and WebMD lists some of them. This list includes herbal cures for common stomach pains, bad breath and infections. It is also known to relieve sinus clogs, fever, headache, nausea and  skin itchiness. Peppermint can also be used for culinary purposes, but mostly as a neutralizer to counteract the smell of fish and meat.

Plant Care Tips

As a member of the mint family,  this herb spreads quickly and tends to invade other plants. To prevent this, most gardeners would plant peppermint separately in a pot.  Peppermint thrives well in a medium-sized container with enough holes to allow proper draining  of excess water.

Pruning is needed when the tip of the vine extends wildly at the sides. Pruning encourages stem growth, and is good for the plant to develop new leaves.

The herb does not require too much space, even when fully grown.  While it can thrive even with partial sun, peppermint loves a daily dose of sunlight especially in the morning.  If grown in containers, a regular boost of compost material every 4 months is needed, as the soil nutrients gets depleted naturally over time.

Fortunately, the peppermint is not prone to pest attack. In fact, its pungent aroma has been known to repel some common pests in the garden. Water the plant as needed, and make sure the soil is always moist, but not soggy.

Propagation

To propagate, peppermints can be grown from seeds or cuttings.  For me, it’s easier to propagate this herb from cuttings, because the herb rarely produces flowers or seeds. To learn how to propagate herbs from cuttings, please refer to my other blog post about cuttings.

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About Glo de Castro

The author is a lawyer and an executive in a leading real estate company in the Philippines. Urban gardening is one of her hobbies and passion. She created this website because she loves to write about her gardening experiences and share them with fellow gardeners. She also conducts seminars about urban gardening occasionally.

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