Every single newly rooted Japanese or Chocolate Mint that I planted looks fine. One went into a pot. Others went into a newly dug plot with garden soil. And just this morning, I dug two more plots and stuck in a mint each. I didn't even use the garden soil I bought. I just used whatever was in our yard, interspersed with grass cuttings. Why? I read that grass cuttings make for good mulching material so I figured I'd give it a try.
So I was reading up on Japanese Mint and I came across some interesting info. If you know more mint information, just add on to my list.
- Used for flatulence
- Can help with the liver and gallstones
- Helps with colds, cough and bronchitis
- Helps with sore throat (acts like a lozenge)
- Helps with headaches, cramps and tumors
- Prefers moist soil that's slightly acidic, but will grow in almost any type of soil
- Prefers sunlight but will grow even in partial shade
- Good as salad flavoring and as insect repellant (now why did I group those together?)
- One reason I dug up two plots for each mint is that mints hybridize freely. If I put my Japanese and Chocolate Mint together, I'd probably get a Japanese Chocolate Mint mix.
- They attract bees and butterflies
- Any part of the root is capable of growing into a new plant. How amazing is that? That must be every gardener's dream.
- Divide and repot mature plants. It makes them healthier.
- Mint leaves can be used as room freshener. Once I get enough big mint plants, I'll use this as a car freshener.
- Repels rodents
- Mint oil can be used externally to reduce arthritis pain. Now that's a benefit after my own joint!