Mentha longifolia growing herbaceous of the genus Mentha also known as Horse Mint, Mentha longifolia perennial evergreen plant, used as edible plant for the leaves, also used as fragrant plant and as groundcover, can grow in mediterranean, subtropical or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 9b-12 and with the right care in hardiness zone 9a.
Mentha longifolia leaves
Leaves color green oval with secreted edges size can 5-10 cm the leaves have strong odor.
Flower color purple, pink or white, the flowers grow on the stem in inflorescence.
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Requirements for Mentha longifolia growing and care:
More than -5c, prefer to grow next to aquatic environment, rich soil
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction – bending a branch over and covering it with soil, better to let the roots grow cut the connection from the mother plant, after disconnect let it 2 weeks and check that the new plant grow new leaves, cutting – two option one to put the stem in water without leaves in the water only in the top or put the stem in soil keep the soil moist don’t let it dry with high humidity
Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?
No, but easy to start by cutting or bending a branch
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Spring to summer in hardiness zone 9-10a, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 10b-12
Pests and diseases:
All year, better in the autumn to the winter
How to prune:
Every stems that start to bloom prune, old branch
Size of the plant?
0.5-1 m, 20-40 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Summer / Autum
General information about the flower
Purple, pink or white flowers grow on the stem in inflorescence
Pollination is done by:
Bees and attract pollinators
Thinning the bloom:
Recommend to thinning the blossom, when the plant bloom it’s harder to harvest the leaves and the leaves in lower quality
Leaves harvesting season:
In warm weather all year, in cold weather spring, summer if it’s not too cold autumn to winter
How to harvest the leaves?
Cut with the stem few centimeter from the ground or the divided of the stem
Information about leaves:
Green oval leaves with serrated edges with strong odor
Uses of Mentha longifolia leaves:
How to grow Mentha longifolia seeds
Moist soil in sunny location
Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Dry and dark location in room temperature
Spring / Summer
20*20cm (8*8 inches)
Depth of Sowing:
0.5cm (0.25 inch)
Conditions for seeds germinate:
High humidity and keep the soil moist all the time
Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water (don’t let the soil to dry)
Condition of seedling:
Moist soil in sunny location