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How do you harvest apple mint?
Last Updated: 12th February, 2020
- Frequent harvesting is the key to keeping mint plants at their best.
- Right before flowering, cut the stems 1 inch from the ground.
- You can also just pick the leaves as you need them.
- You can grow the plants indoors for fresh leaves throughout the winter.
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Considering this, how do you pick mint so it keeps growing?
Harvest mint leaves at any size by pinching off stems. For a large harvest, wait until just before the plant blooms, when the flavour is most intense, then cut the whole plant to just above the first or second set of leaves. In the process, you will remove the yellowing lower leaves and promote bushier growth.
Also, how do I use apple mint? Muddle leaves and add to cocktails, mocktails and tea. Add whole or chopped leaves to popsicles, sorbets and ice cubes. Use to make sauces or herb rubs for poultry, lamb and seafood. Roughly chop Apple mint and add to chutney, dressings, jelly or brine when pickling.
In respect to this, how is mint harvested commercially?
Growing and Harvesting Mint Mint does not produce seeds, instead new fields are planted with underground runners, called stolons, from existing plants. While mint begins as a row crop, by the second year the plants actually spread with stolons. The oil is then extracted from the mint leaves using steam distillation.
How do Apple mints grow?
Apple Mint (Mentha suaveolens)
- Plant Feed. Slow release feed in spring.
- Watering. Keep well-watered.
- Soil. Fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil.
- Basic Care Summary. Best in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Keep soil moist, watering freely in dry weather. Harvest foliage as needed. May become invasive if left unchecked.