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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    July 6, 2011
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    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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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    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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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Answered by
    Downtoearthdigs on
    October 2, 2017
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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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