Growing Mint (Mentha)

Mint (Mentha spp.) grows best in full sun to part shade and in moist, well-drained soil. Plants can spread vigorously by underground stems, so choose a location where that won't be a concern or restrict them by growing in a container or a confined area. For container-grown plants, water when the top 1" of soil is dry. Cut back plants after flowering in summer, or simply remove flowers stalks, to promote new vegetative growth. Stems can be cut down in fall. Mint is a perennial and, depending upon the variety, might be winter hardy in your area, or it may be a tender perennial and grown as an annual in colder climates. Check variety-specific information for plant hardiness.