Mint Leaves Spotted - Knowledgebase Question

Scarborough, ON
Avatar for q_t_pie110
Question by q_t_pie110
May 2, 2000
Last year I planted a chocolate mint plant in my herb garden. It did well for the whole summer; however, when the fall came, I noticed little dark spots all over the leaves of the plant. Can you tell me what this is, and what I can do to avoid it this year? I would like to be able to dry the leaves and grind them for use in baking or to put into jars to give as gifts. Thanks!

Answer from NGA
May 2, 2000
For most herbs, it's best to collect the leaves for drying or other uses just as the flowers are beginning to form. This is when the leaves have the maximum amount of the desired essential oils. It's possible that the spots you saw in the fall were just the naturally drying off process as the plant readied itself for its dormancy period. If the new growth looks good this spring, the plant should be fine. Mints are, as a rule, quite durable and carefree.

You must be signed in before you can post questions or answers. Click here to join!

« Return to the Garden Knowledgebase Homepage

Member Login:

( No account? Join now! )

Today's site banner is by Murky and is called "Fan Palm Tree"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.