About Wild Mint: This variety of mint grows wild in many temperate countries around the world, and is sometimes considered a weed because of its profuse growth. It has numerous culinary and medicinal uses, since its leaves contain a valuable essential oil. Mint received its name from the Greek legend of "Minthe," a river nymph who was turned into a lowly plant to be trodden underfoot; the stimulating, sweet smell perpetuated the memory of Minthe.
Wild Mint Germination: Direct sow in early spring as soon as the ground can be worked. Since this tiny seed needs light to germinate, plant it near the surface of the soil. Keep the soil consistently moist until germination.
Growing Wild Mint Seeds: Keep the developing seedlings moist, and thin or space them out if necessary. Mature plants can be invasive; to prevent spreading, either grow as a container plant or remove any young plants that develop. A layer of mulch can also help prevent new growth. This plant is very attractive to bees and butterflies. Keep in mind that this plant crosses easily with other varieties of mint.
Harvesting Wild Mint: For fresh mint leaves, choose leaves in the morning before the dew has dried. Leaf quality is best before the plant has flowered; to lengthen the harvesting period, remove buds as they begin to develop.
Saving Wild Mint Seeds: Harvest the seed heads as soon as they grow dry and brown; spread them out to finish drying out of sunlight, then thresh them to remove the seed. Store the seed in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Wild Mint Info: Origin: US Native Wildflower Other Common Names: Common Mint, Corn Mint, Field Mint, Virginia Bunchflower Duration: Perennial Bloom Time: Summer Height: 12-24 inches Spacing: 12-15 inches Light: Full Sun to Part Shade Soil Moisture: Wet to Medium USDA Zone: 4a-8b Seeds Per Oz: 308,000 Produces a square-stemmed plant with fuzzy, toothed leaves and whorls of tiny lavender flowers.