Plant Care Spearmint


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Spearmint has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Spearmint

Spearmint gets its name from its spear-shaped leaves. The leaves and oils are commonly used in herbal medicine and as a flavoring in everything from jelly, to cocktails, and ice cream! Their essential oils may be toxic in enormous quantities so don't go overboard, and be sure to keep it away from your pets. Those same oils make mint an excellent anti-microbial that may be as effective as penicillin! 💊


Mentha spicata

Also known as

Garden Mint, Common Mint, Lamb Mint, Mackerel Mint, Strawberry Mint and Sweet Mint

How to care for Spearmint

💦 Water

How often to water your Spearmint

Water needs for Spearmint
0.5 cups
every 9

Spearmint 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 Spearmint

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for Spearmint in your home

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

Spearmint love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Spearmint does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Spearmint

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Spearmint: 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 Spearmint after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Spearmint can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Spearmint →

Common Spearmint Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Spearmint 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.

Spearmint Water Frequency →

Spearmint Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Spearmint 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 🏡.

Spearmint Light Requirements →

Spearmint Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Spearmint is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Spearmint Toxicity to Cats →

Spearmint Toxicity to Dogs →

Spearmint Toxicity to Humans →

💨 Humidity

Spearmint 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.

Spearmint Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Spearmint 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 Spearmint →

When and How to Successfully Repot Spearmint →

💩 Fertilizer

Spearmint 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 Spearmint →

🌎 Native Region

Spearmint is native to Worldwide.

🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Spearmint bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Spearmint Flowers →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Spearmint grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Spearmint →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

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

Spearmint Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Spearmint can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

How to Propagate Spearmint →

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Spearmint, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

🧐 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 Spearmint



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

Spearmint has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 27
Spearmint has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 25
Spearmint has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 14
Spearmint has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 9
Spearmint has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 9
Spearmint has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 6
Spearmint has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
@marsbar avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
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Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe Harbour Grace, Newfoundland and Labrador

If you are bad with plants like me use this app I’m desperately trying to help it survive

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 529 XP
globe Basingstoke, England

taking care of these three mint plants for a few weeks, no clue what I am doing but my god do they smell good

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
@graciegraciebobacie avatar
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 179 XP
globe Mill Valley, CA

this plant is super resilient!! even after seemingly dying, it’ll come back next season with even more to share!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
@froggiesocks avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 441 XP

cool smell

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 3 Plants
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globe Bukit Merah, Singapore

Started from seeds (2nd May 2021) using the plastic cover over pot w soil method. Managed to get seedlings (14th May 2021) but seedlings don’t get bigger but are tall and leggy with not much roots (3rd June 2021). So I decided to raise the soil so that they can get more sun exposure. Currently they are placed at a south-facing window with indirect sunlight. Under direct sunlight the seedlings will die quickly. I also kept the plastic cover (even though I was asked to remove the cover when the seedlings emerge) to prevent drying of the soil because the soil dries very quickly here in Singapore.

Need advice to ensure seedlings grow bigger! Pls leave ur advice!! Will read!

Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
@Sydney1234 avatar
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 188 XP
globe Lethbridge, Alberta

I grew mint from a packet of seeds almost a year ago and now I have two huge mint plants! They were so easy which is awesome because I was terrible with plants. These ladies really grew my confidence, love them!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
@oedekoven06 avatar
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 261 XP
globe Cheyenne, WY

I just want to give these all my love

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leaf-1 10 Plants
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globe Cambridge, MA

A friend gave me this little guy 2 weeks ago— newly potted— and every day he’s looking taller and fitter. Apparently he likes to take over, tho, so I keep him in a pot.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Cassie avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 71 XP
globe Port Perry, Ontario

Like all mint, spearmint will grow like wild.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
@aleckooo avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
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globe Los Angeles, CA

died right away

@froggiesocks avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 441 XP

very cool smell and big

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 2 Plants
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globe McKinney, TX

Dies for no reason

Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Washington, DC

this plant smells amazing and the leaves flourish

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 15 Plants
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globe Davie, FL

the leaves droop and feel lame when it needs water it’s so easy to notice cause the plant will literally look sad so it’s hard to kill. i had a chocolate mint plant and it’s died 9 or 10 times and it still bounces back with some water

Survivor Survivor

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