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Wintergreen :)

I found a wintergreen mint at Central Market. It's basically a sweeter form of spearmint, the same way candy-mint is a sweeter form of peppermint. Mint really likes to hybridize. Most of the time what you get is just a weaker, diluted mint, but sometimes there's treasures :)

I'm going to have to plant this one a bit away from everything else :( I'm trying to avoid having any two mints directly next to each other, since they can start to dilute each other if they get their roots too close together. At least, that's what I've been told.

Going to the nursery again this afternoon. Am secretly hoping I don't find anything, I'm out of space for it right now.


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Apr. 24th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
I have plenty of spearmint; let me know next tiem you are in Houston and I'll give you some. Be wary though because this stuff wants to take over if it's in the soil.
Apr. 24th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
I've already got a spearmint planted, but thank you :) Spearmint and Peppermint are the two big easy ones to find. It probably grows slightly better in Houston because the conditions are wetter, but it's pretty spread-y here, too!
Apr. 24th, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
i've successfully planted mint in flower beds and kept them from mingling-- what i did was *mostly* bury a large terra-cotta pot (could also use a terra-cotta tube) in the bed w/ an inch on one side and 2" on the other (it was angled for a "look" i was going for, but straight up should be fine). the lip kept the mind from climbing over w/out warning and the rest of the pot kept the roots contained.
Apr. 24th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
Am secretly hoping I don't find anything, I'm out of space for it right now.

The mental trick I use is to take notes when I go and see things I shouldn't buy right then. I write down what the plant is, why I like it and its mature measurements (if it's something I'm not familiar with), soil / moisture requirements, and the price. Then when I get home I walk around and try to find a place for it. If I still like it enough to *make* a place for it, then I go back and get it. If not, then that's a lesson better learned before the plant is purchased.
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