Pepper mint is a herb, it is mainly used for tea, it is closely related to spearmint has a milder taste and is used in the traditional mint sauce.To harvest and dry for tea. Cut the stems before flowering beings and hang the bunches in a cool, dry place. in small gardens always grow mint in a large container.
Scientific name: Mentha
Mint leaves are used fresh or dried to make teas, jams and desserts, essential oil can be extracted from the leaves and is used as a flavouring.
Common Names: pudina Akulu (telugu) ,Pudina Patta (hindi) Aloo(Potato) Pudina (Kannada)
Soil and climatic requirement:Deep soils, loam to sandy loam well drained, well aerated and loose textured soil. Clay soils are not suitable. Suitable temperature 20-40 Degree
Crop Duration: Mint is a perennial ascending herb growing about 60-80 cm.
Planting season: Jan-Feb
Planting type: Direct Planting of Suckers or Rhizomes
Spacing: Plant to plant 40CM x Row to Row 60 Cm
Depth of sowing: 5-6 Cm
Germination period: 2-3 Weeks
Hours of sunlight required: Minimum 6 Hrs required
Irrigation: Required good moist soil for growing Mint, every day watering is necessary based on soil moisture. Healthy mint required lots of water.
Companion crops: Cabbage, tomatoes
Mint leaves can be harvested as soon as the plants have reached 8 -20 cm in height. Cut leaves and stems with a sharp knife or scissors. If harvesting whole stems, cut the stem at about 2.5 cm from the soil.