Peppermint Seeds

(P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Item #01347-PK-P1
$3.95
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Grow the classic Christmas scent right on the patio

Days to Maturity: 73 from direct sow

No herb or kitchen garden is complete without mint, and peppermint adds a festive note to the display, evoking the holidays and filling the air with its fresh, clean scent when rubbed. Give it a go from seed this season and delight your friends with little peppermint seedlings for the holidays!

Strongly aromatic peppermint can be used in both cooking - in drinks, salads, and baked goods - and in potpourri and other fragrant decorative items. In hot tea, it is said to help stomach upset.

Peppermint is a perennial, reaching 3 feet tall in the garden (much smaller in pots and indoors), and spreading just as far as you will let it. It offers smooth, lance-shaped 3-inch leaves, bright green with purple tints around the edges. In summer, spikes of lilac-pink flowers top the foliage, attracting bees into the garden. Give it sunshine and good soil drainage; it will do the rest.

Like all the mints, peppermint can be invasive. If you want to cover hot, sunny soil, it's invaluable, but if your space is limited or you want to plant other things nearby, you are much better off confining peppermint to a container. It grows wonderfully, and you will not only have plenty to harvest, but enough to give friends cuttings so that they can start their own mint gardens.

Mint is not the easiest seed to sprout, but if you have a Park's Original Bio Dome Seed-Starting System it's a walk in the park: drop one seed in each bio sponge, put the dome on, and wait to see green shoots in 7 to 14 days. If you're using seed flats or another method of germination, here's the best approach: set one or two seeds in shallow 1/4-inch holes in moist seed-starting mix. Cover the flat with plastic wrap and germinate at 65 degrees Fahrenheit or above.

If you are starting the seeds in late winter for transplanting in spring, begin about 6 weeks before last scheduled frost. Peppermint will be ready to pick on an as-needed basis about 3 weeks after transplanting; it grows so quickly that you never have to worry about taking too much, as long as you leave a few green leafy stems on the plant! Harvest all summer and fall.

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Genus Mentha
Species x piperita
Item Form (P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Zone 4 - 9
Bloom Start to End Mid Summer
Days to Maturity 73
Fruit Color Green
Habit Spreading
Seeds Per Pack 100
Plant Height 3 ft
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Cut-and-Come-Again, Easy Care Plants, Edible, Fragrance, Herbs, Pest Fighter, Pruning Recommended
Bloom Color Purple
Foliage Color Dark Green, Purple
Harvest Season Early Fall, Early Summer, Late Fall, Late Spring, Late Summer, Mid Fall, Mid Summer
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Containers, Cuisine, Foliage Interest, Ground Cover, Outdoor

Product Review Summary

Based on 1 review
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

April 04, 2012

Just what I wanted

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I like to start my garden entirely from seed to start off pest and disease-free. Started these seeds indoors on March 7 on top of a good seed-starting mix, covered and left them alone for 2 weeks. They germinated beautifully and I just potted them up April 1 into individual clumps that will be ready for transplant to outdoor containers in May! This makes the best peppermint herb tea! I had heard lots of people having trouble getting peppermint seeds to germinate but these were great!

Susan from CO

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