Vegetables and Fruit forum: Does mint seed?

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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jan 24, 2015 7:57 PM CST
I planted some grapefruit mint I think was the variety. It had soft lavender colored flowers on it. I know that mint spreads crazy by roots, but I figure I can keep it chopped out. But it later occurred to me that it may make seed that could come up all over the place? If that's the case, I may have to dig it up and put it in a pot more contained at cut off the blooms before they mature to seed.
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Oberon46
Jan 25, 2015 12:36 PM CST
I have planted mind in large pots (24" or so across and 12-15" deep) with the bottoms cut out. I figured I could control its tendency to spread madly here. The roots turn woody and thicken so much that I don't trust being able to control it any other way. No flowers to be seen in the last two years though. Which is good.
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drdawg
Jan 25, 2015 1:03 PM CST
Mint is extremely invasive and tough to control once it gets away from you. You'll have to dig up every single bit of the underground rhizomes/runners. Yes, mint does flower.
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Frillylily
Jan 25, 2015 5:51 PM CST
I know it flowers, but are they sterile or will they sprout? Keeping the runners out isn't going to be too big of a deal for me, but if there are seeds sprouting that may be a deal killer. I thought about replacing it with something else.
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drdawg
Jan 25, 2015 7:00 PM CST
I used to grow mint in my flower beds, but quit that years ago. Now all the mint are in pots. That solved my problem.
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abhege
Jan 25, 2015 7:18 PM CST
I believe the flowers are sterile.
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Frillylily
Jan 25, 2015 7:46 PM CST
well I am interested in the flowers, it flowered for a long time last summer and was a soft blue purple color which looked nice with my pink knockout roses. I am hoping the mint will help keep the bugs away from the roses too. But then I thought if the flowers make viable seed, I would need to cut them before they dropped or take it out altogether. I do hope they are sterile.
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abhege
Jan 25, 2015 7:47 PM CST
I have never heard of anyone being overrun from self seeding mint, only from the runners.
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Frillylily
Jan 25, 2015 7:49 PM CST
Thanks!

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