Although full sun tolerant, mint will thrive in a partly shaded area with plenty of moisture. Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed, spacing plants 20″ apart in dry-moist, average soil that is well-drained. Plant height 18-20″.
To keep plants looking their best, cut plants back regularly by a third periodically to promote a fuller appearance. In the fall, you can cut the plants just above ground level. Be sure to mulch over the top if winters are harsh in your area.
Does well in containers or mixed pots. Attracts bees and other beneficial insects. Deer, insect and mouse resistant.
Mint, Thai mentha arvensis ‘thai’
Thai Mint is a perennial, aromatic, edible herb with dark green foliage and lavender colored flowers. An exotic mint with a hint of Caraway, its flavor adds versatility to a wide range of dishes. Use in soups & stews, flavoring for infusions, or in salads. As with most mints, this variety may be invasive in the garden. Consider growing in containers or pots to limit its growth.
Mints attract a number of good pollinators to the garden. Bees, butterflies, and other pollinators are attracted to the mint when it flowers. Great in combination pots with other herbs. Not as invasive as some mints, but cut back occasionally nonetheless.
Mint is best when used fresh. Pinch leaves as needed. Frequent harvesting of leaves will keep the plant bushy and productive. To harvest, gather bunches and hang on drying racks or spread on screens until completely dry. Strip leaves from the stems and store in airtight containers. Dried mint, when stored in airtight containers, will retain its flavor and scent.