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Mountain Mint

Mountain Mint

Mountain Mint is a native American herb that, unlike regular mint, is a very respectable substitute and has a long history in cooking. From the family of mint grows not only in the mountains but also in the valleys. For pollinators, this mint is indispensable as a critical component of many local seed mixes. It grows wеll in moist soil and medium mesic soil.

 

How to grow Mountain Mint from seeds:

  • Sowing: Plant in early spring when the soil warms up by gently pressing it into the soil surface. The plant needs light to germinate and slightly moist soil. When grown indoors, the best germination temperature is 70 degrees F. Keep the seedlings slightly damp before replanting and replanting once they have developed a few leaves.
  • Plant Spacing: 12″.
  • Growing of Mountain Mint: The seedlings need regular watering until they take root. Mature plants can easily tolerate drought and bloom in relatively dry soil, although watering occasionally will be helpful in dry weather. It grows well in stony or clay soil, in containers. After rooting, it can be actively spread by rhizomes, although, as a rule, re-seeding does not occur. This plant is lovely to bees and is a valuable nectar plant.
  • Mountain Mint Soil Requirements for: Grows well in average to moist soil.
  • Mountain Mint Seeds Days to Germination: 7-14 days.
  • Light Preference of Mountain Mint: Sun.
  • Life Cycle of Mountain Mint: Perennial.
  • How and When to Harvest Mountain Mint: A unique plant that can be harvested fresh and dried. Choose stems that are just starting to bloom by pruning them in the morning before the dew dries.
  • Mountain Mint Days to Maturity: 70 – 90.
  • Mountain Mint's Seed Saving: When the flower spikes are dry and discolored, shake all the seed heads above the container to remove the seeds. To collect as many seeds as possible, repeat the process daily until all the seeds are ripe. Store seeds in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS:

  • Common Names: Mountain Mint Virginia Mountainmint, Wild Basil, Prairie Hyssop
  • Latin Name: Pycnanthemum virginianum
  • Species Origin: US Native Wildflower
  • Type: Native Wildflowers
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • US Regions: Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast
  • Seeds per Ounce: 276,000
  • Stratification: No Stratification
  • Germination Ease: No Stratification
  • Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun
  • Height: 36 Inches
  • Color: White
  • Bloom Season: Blooms Early Summer, Blooms Late Summer, Blooms Early Fall
  • Uses: Culinary, Medicinal, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Honeybees, Attracts Butterflies, Aromatic.

 

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