Peppermint Plants

Is My Peppermint Plant Ready for Dormancy

hootie2 added on September 14, 2012 | Answered

It is about a month till mint should go dormant. I grew this peppermint plant from a cutting, but I don't know if I should take It inside for winter. It is about five months old. And it is losing leaves, then two more grow back in its spot. Is this bad?

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Answered on September 23, 2012

If it will survive in one zone lower than your own, it can stay outdoors in a container for the winter. If not, it needs to come indoors for the winter.

As far as the leaf loss, as long as it is regrowing leaves at the same rate or faster than they are growing, then I would not worry about it. You might try pinching the ends of the stems to encourage more branching since it sounds like the plant is already trying to branch more.

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