These mints are completely hardy

These mints are completely hardy

Godfather Frost cannot do any harm here

As a mint, mint is a classic representative of perennial, herbaceous herbal plants. This name implies that after the first frost, the above-ground shoots wither. The underground rhizomes, on the other hand, remain in the ground, only to sprout again the following spring. The following species and varieties cope with wintering without significant protective measures:

  • Apple-mint (Mentha suaveolens): a powerful variety with a height of up to 150 cm
  • Water mint (Mentha aquatica): the ideal variety for swampy locations, such as by a pond or stream
  • Moroccan mint (Mentha spicata var. Crispa 'Nane'): one of the most popular varieties, ideal for freezing
  • Strawberry Mint (Mentha species): delicate in growth, thrives wonderfully in pots
  • Russian mint (Mentha species): robust, frost-resistant, resistant to mint rust

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The lemon mint (Mentha × gentilis var. Citrata) is on the rise in the ranking of the best hardy mints. Not to be confused with the popular lemon balm, which can be assigned to a different genus.

Do not do without winter protection in the bucket

The frost hardiness of a mint may be so pronounced; In the pot on the balcony, every plant needs protection during winter. Since there is only the very thin wall of the bucket between the bitter cold winds and the root ball, the rhizomes threaten to freeze through. If there are temperature fluctuations, this stress tears the tissue cells and the mint dies. Therefore, take these precautions:

  • Place planters on wood in front of the protective south wall of the house
  • Wrap with bubble wrap or jute
  • cover the substrate with sawdust, coniferous twigs or straw

If winter comes with a clear frost, the plants threaten to dry up. Careful hobby gardeners therefore water the hardy mints on a frost-free day.

Tips & Tricks

The red raripila mint (Mentha × smithiana 'Rubra') adds subtle splashes of color in the herb and scented garden. The hardy variety has red stems with dark green leaves. From July onwards, a purple flower increases the ornamental value of this mint. 'Rubra' is an enrichment for desserts as well as for scented potpourris.