Plant Care Peppermint


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Peppermint has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Peppermint has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Peppermint

Peppermint is a popular houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as a fast grower and being a survivor with a whopping 878 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Peppermint likes soil that is well draining. You may want to supplement with a gentle, organic fertilizer throughout the peak growing season.

Peppermint belongs to the Mentha genus, and is native to Europe.


Mentha piperita

Also known as

chocolate mint

How to care for Peppermint

💦 Water

How often to water your Peppermint

Water needs for Peppermint
0.5 cups
every 9

Peppermint needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Peppermint

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Peppermint in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Peppermint: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Peppermint love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Peppermint does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Peppermint in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Peppermint

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Peppermint: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Peppermint after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Peppermint is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Peppermint →

Common Peppermint Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Peppermint prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Peppermint Water Frequency →

Peppermint Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Peppermint requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Peppermint Light Requirements →

Peppermint Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

Peppermint Toxicity to Cats →

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Peppermint Toxicity to Humans →

💨 Humidity

Peppermint doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Peppermint Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Peppermint does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Peppermint →

When and How to Successfully Repot Peppermint →

💩 Fertilizer

Peppermint is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.

How Much and When to Fertilize Peppermint →

🌎 Native Region

Peppermint is native to Worldwide.

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Peppermint can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Peppermint Temperature Tolerance →

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Peppermint



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Peppermint has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 10
Peppermint has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 7
Peppermint has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 3
Peppermint has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Peppermint has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Peppermint has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Peppermint has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
@maeplant avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 113 XP

mine hasn’t grown yet but i think it’ll be good

@RJG avatar
leaf-1 137 Plants
xp 219,155 XP
globe Austin, TX

yo it’s mint. it’s hard to kill. it tastes good. get some.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Kayden avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 91 XP

My mint plant grows super quickly and I have no complaints other I find little bugs on it all the time. Usually I just knock them off until I see them show up again.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
@vanwoes avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 478 XP
globe Houston, TX

Moisture control soil recommended, needs water every three or so days. The roots are invasive so don’t plant with others, and get a good sized pot it can grow into!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Survivor Survivor

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