Thursday, June 18, 2015

The problem with mint...

The problem with mint is that it's so aggressive and invasive.  I know this about the plant.  I thought I was prepared for it.  Ah, hubris.

Chocolate mint poised to run amok.

This is my chocolate mint.  I planted it in this half barrel on May 18, exactly one month ago.  It was in a 3-inch pot and had 5 stems showing above ground, with all foliage completely contained within the diameter of its 3-inch pot. 

Judging from the amount of growth it's shown in the past month, the $1 plant I bought was approximately 15 minutes old at the time of purchase.

The red arrows are pointing to the subterranean stealth runners that are spreading throughout the planter.  The one in the top right quadrant is particularly horrifying.  The stem of the runner is fully a quarter inch in diameter, and sprouting a new shoot every quarter inch or so.  It's eight inches long, and was not there on Sunday.

The chocolate mint will be coming out of the half barrel this afternoon.  It will go into its own pot, because children who do not play nicely with others have to be separated.

The peppermint in the planter next door is also spreading, but this one isn't quite as frightening.

Only slightly better-behaved peppermint.

It's spreading, but its runners are above ground and I can see where they are.  This plant also started out as 3 inches in diameter a month ago, and is now approximately 14 inches in diameter.

Actually, come to think of it, this will be put into its own pot this afternoon, as well.


Rachel said...

at least you had the where with all to put them in planters...when we bought our house, the previous owners had planted it in multiple places around the house and it took me years to get rid of it!

Anne said...

Yeah, definitely a container plant! That one looks like a monster.