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Pineapple mint – how to grow and what are the necessary conditions needed for its growth.

“Pineapple Mint” is the most attractive plant in the Mentha family. Its variegated cream and green leaves have a light pineapple fragrance. The scientific name of pineapple mint is Mentha suaveolens variegata, and it is a cultivar of apple mint, which is believed to have first been grown in Europe and Asia. A variety of apple mint, but has green as white variegated leaves which make it a pretty herb to grow in the garden and perfect as a food garnish. A perennial plant, it produces long spikes of pale white or cream flowers.

Characteristics of Pineapple mint

– Pineapple mint grows to a height of 8-12.
– May be a noxious weed or invasive.
– This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds.
– Flowers are fragrant.
– Pineapple mint has green leaves that are edged by a white or cream color.
– True Pineapple Mint cannot be grown from seed and is hard to find because all the Mints cross readily.

How to grow Pineapple mint

– It grows well in rich, moist soil.
– Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
– It prefers shady site.
– Flowers bloom late summer.
– They grow well in tubs & pots.
– Besides the light factor, its grower has to know that it is not really suitable for growing outdoors without protection from rain. Rainfall in the tropics can be very heavy and all it takes is one very heavy downpour to flatten a colony of this rather fragile mint.
– Under good light, the stems of this mint can become quite thick and grows upright.
– Under dimmer conditions, it is seen to take on a sprawling growth habit.

Uses of Pineapple mint

– Uses: Aromatic, Cosmetic, Craft, Culinary, Medicinal and Ornamental.
– The soft, furry and wrinkled leaves of this particular mint cultivar are edged with white or cream which makes it a great garnishing material for desserts and ice-cream.
– Pineapple Mint is best used fresh.
– Pineapple Mint is good for garnishes because the thick leaves are slow to wilt. It is great used in iced tea.

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