Mint thrives in the sun as well as in partial shade, and will lie down to capture as much sun as possible and then finally will bloom, generating a myriad of flowers at the end of a multitude of branches. In winter, the plant will lose its leaves, the stems will drop. New stems will then appear the following spring. The mint plant will tire after 3 years, especially if you haven't done any repotting, or if you haven't changed the humus substrate. It is important to harvest the leaves once they have reached a suitable size, as they wither quickly. The leaves with the most flavor are in fact the fresh leaves. It is recommended to pick them in the morning.
Just pick up each leaf with your fingernail. We start from the bottom of the stem to allow time for the leaves which are higher up to be able to grow. Avoid recovering leaves that are too damaged, too stained or too old.
It is possible to keep these sheets, after washing them and wrapping them in paper. We put everything in the fridge.
When mint blooms
When mint generates a white, pink or lilac inflorescence, you can either cut the mint just above a pair of leaves to encourage the plant to spawn new stems with leaves on them. Or we can let the flowers develop, and later harvest the inflorescences. It is a honey plant that attracts many bees. However, you should know that mint multiplies rather by layering. We divide the tuft in April. Sowing is indeed much more difficult and uncertain. It should be noted that many mint plants sold are in fact sterile hybrids.
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