Top Questions About Peppermint Plants

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Questions About Peppermint Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
July 5, 2011

Q. Peppermint Plant

Something is eating the leaves on my peppermint plant. Any suggestions?

Answered by
Nikki on
July 6, 2011
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A.

Very few pests attack peppermint plants. Most are repelled by its aroma. However, crickets, grasshoppers, and caterpillars can sometimes be found feasting on their foliage.

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Asked by
mauricem00 on
June 20, 2012

Q. are peppermint plants annuals or perennials

Will peppermint plant go dormant during winter and return in the spring, or do they have to be replanted every spring after the snow melts and the ground warms up?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 21, 2012
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They are perennials and with good care will return year after year, though many people prefer to grow them in containers to alleviate their spreading tendencies. Here is more information for growing this herb: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/mint/growing-peppermint-plant.htm

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Answered by
hootie2 on
June 20, 2012
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It will definitley come back and more plants will come every year

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Asked by
hootie2 on
September 14, 2012

Q. Is My Peppermint Plant Ready for Dormancy

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?

Answered by
Heather on
September 23, 2012
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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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Asked by
Ms.WesleyG on
November 18, 2014

Q. Can peppermint plants continue in water only inside for a season?

Our outside temperature is already dropping below 32 degrees. Hoping to save my outdoor peppermint plants by bringing them inside and transplant from Miracle Grow blended soil into water jars for the winter season. How?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
November 19, 2014
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I think I would just leave them in the pots, put them in a nice sunny spot indoors, and don't water too much. Of course, you can root a few cuttings in water if you want. Peppermint is also winter hardy outdoors to zone 3, possibly even lower. So you can grow it outside in the ground if you want in the future. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/mint/growing-mint-indoors.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
December 3, 2014

Q. Use of peppermint oil to deter cats

How can peppermint oil be used to keep cats off auto?

Answered by
Nikki on
December 3, 2014
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I'm not sure how effective it would be on cars, but some of the suggestions in this article may help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/animals/cat-repellent.htm

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Asked by
OGSTONEAGE on
May 23, 2015

Q. peppermint plants to help keep spiders away

Will peppermint plants help keep spiders away? Live in the country and heard that peppermint plants help to get rid of spiders. Is this true or false?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 25, 2015
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Mint is touted as a mosquito repellent plant and I have heard some people also say it will repel rodents!
In some research I found that using Mint oil in a spray it can be used to control spiders.. Mint plants certainly could work.
Above all else mint plants smell wonderful in the garden!
Here is a link about mint plants.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/mint/how-to-grow-mint-plants-in-your-garden.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 2, 2017

Q. Peppermint Plant and Salt Spray

I live on the ocean and want to know if the Peppermint plant can withstand the “Salt Spray” on my balcony?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
October 2, 2017
Certified Expert
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Many plants can be negatively affected by salt spray, and plants that are native to seaside areas have adapted to the salt spray. But mints are usually tough, so your peppermint could very well do fine. It also depends on how high above the ground and how far from the ocean your balcony is. The only way to know is to try it!

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Answered by
MichiganDot on
October 2, 2017
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All mints have relatively low salt tolerance. Is there a location that is somewhat protected from ocean spray? If you water the plants frequently, and perhaps hose off the leaves after a particularly strong off-shore wind, you will dilute the salt effect. It's worth a try.

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