Mentha × piperita f. citrata 'Basil'
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2 years to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
Basil Mint Overview
Mentha x piperita f. citrata 'Basil' is a cultivar of Mentha x piperita f. citrata (Bergamot Mint) that has been bred for its Basil scent. Species in the genus Mentha (mint) are herbaceous, upright perennials, well known for their sweet and mild minty aroma from the essential oils found in the pointed oval-shaped leaves. It thrives in damp and wet conditions and is a must-have if you are fond of interesting mint varieties. It can become invasive like most mints if not controlled - plant in a pot or area you can keep under control!
Common problems with Basil Mint
Basil Mint Companion Plants
How to harvest Basil Mint
Fresh mint leaves can be harvested as needed as soon as the plant reaches 10cm in height. To dry, cut stalks just before blooming.
How to propagate Basil Mint
Sow in Spring, depth 6mm; 15 cm apart directly in the ground. Most mints have fairly aggressive roots, so its best to grow them in containers buried in the soil.
Take 5 to 10 cm stem cuttings and place them in moist and well-draining soil in semi-sun. It should root in under two weeks. Transplant into a larger pot a few weeks after the cuttings have rooted.
Mentha plants are prone to hybridization, therefore, division is a good method if you want to preserve a particular aroma.
Special features of Basil Mint
Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees and butterflies.
Repels harmful insects
Repels cabbage fly, ants, cabbage looper and aphids.
Often used as an ornamental plant. Because it grows so aggressive, it is a good idea to contain it in a buried pot.