Mentha smithiana growing herbaceous of the genus Mentha also known as Red Raripila Mint, Mentha smithiana perennial evergreen plant grown for the edible leaves also used as fragrant plant, can grow in mediterranean, subtropical or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 9b-11.
Mentha smithiana leaves
Leaves color green oval with secreted edges with strong odor.
Flower color purple, the flowers grow on the stem in inflorescence.
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Requirements for Mentha smithiana growing and care:
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction
Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?
No but easy to do
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Spring, summer, autumn
Pests and diseases:
How to prune a Mentha smithiana:
Every stems that start to bloom prune, old branch
Size of the plant?
20-60 cm, 8-24 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:
General information about the flower
Purple flowers grow on the stem in inflorescence
Pollination is done by:
Bees and attract pollinators
Thinning the bloom:
Recommend to thinning the blossom
Leaves harvesting season:
In warm weather all year, in cold weather spring, summer if it’s not too cold autumn / 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 smithiana leaves: