Japanese Mint 3 x 9cm Organic Herb Plug Plants
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From a medicinal tea to refreshing ice cream and sauce for lamb, mint is one of the most useful herbs you can use in the kitchen. Producing a big clump of serrated green leaves, this is a great plant for attracting pollinators into your garden and filling it with a great scent. Mint grows best in a well-draining soil that receives full sun to partial shade throughout the day. Mint can be aggressive to the plants around it, so it is advised to only grow this plant in a pot. Water regularly to keep the soil moist, but not wet and make sure you only do so in mid-to late afternoon to avoid burning the delicate leaves. To keep the plant growing well and to maintain the flavour, regularly cut back stems to encourage new leafy growth. In the autumn it is advisable to divide potted plants to prevent them getting root bound.
How to harvest mint?
Mint is ready to harvest as soon as a leaf forms. Smaller leaves will have a stronger flavour, so try to harvest early. To harvest just pick leaves off as needed.
How to store mint.
You can store fresh leaves in the fridge for up to three days. If you find yourself with a lot of leaves and want to store them for a later date, finely chop the mint and freeze in a ice cube tray with some water for up to three months. If you'd like to dry your mint for a longer shelf life, put the entire stem on a lined baking tray and dry in a low oven until the leaves crumble to the touch.
What are plug plants?
Plug plants are very young plants that come ready to go in the ground. They are grown in single units in modular trays and be either seedlings or cuttings. Buying plug plants lets you fill your beds and borders easily, and in a way that is stress-free for your plant since it allows for little root disturbance.
How do you plant a plug plant?
When you first get your plant home, remove any packaging except for the pot. Place the plant in a warm and sunny space for 2-4 hours to let them recover and acclimatise. You should try to plant your plug the same day if you can. To do this, dig a hole in your desired place that is slightly larger than the root ball and soil around it and put the plug inside. Cover with the existing earth and press down lightly. Water well for the first week to help the plant establish itself and feed with an all-purpose feed after 3 weeks.
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