A pot of the herb Banana mint in a polytunnel

Banana Mint Plants

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This is one of the more bizarre plants that we grow and we absolutely love it. Banana mint is a variety of Mint that gives off the definitive aroma of banana in a fun twist on the more traditional varieties you may have heard of.  This fruity flavour comes through brilliantly when you use this variety to make a herbal tea or smoothie. It's also fantastic to giving a burst of flavour to desserts and cocktails. 

          Latin Name: Mentha arvensis 'Banana'

          Type: Perennial

          Soil Type: Moist soil

          Where should I plant this variety? Sun or partial shade

          How tall does it grow? Approx. 30-40cm

          How much space does it need? Spreads rapidly. Keep contained

          When does it flower? Purple flowers throughout summer.

          Top care tips: Prune back after flowering and keep this variety contained!

It's bright, lime green foliage makes a real impact in your herb garden with pretty lilac flowers that come into bloom during the summer season providing an extra treat for you and the local wildlife. This variety in particular tends to be lower growing than some of the more traditional varieties of mint and you may find that it grows a little slower. Don't be fooled into thinking it isn't invaisive however, as if left to its own devices it can take over your garden surprisingly quickly. That's why we always recommend planting mint into a pot of its own, or sinking a large pot into the ground to help restrict the roots and stop them from getting carried away!

Banana mint plants are relitively easy to look after, but won't thrive in dry soils so make sure you keep it watered throughout the warmer months of the year. To keep your plants looing their best, it's best to keep snipping away all year long - you can use the leaves in teas and treats, or dehydrate them for a longer life - cutting off around one third of the plant at a time during peak growing season. 

If you're looking for some other exciting varieties of mint to add to your patch, then we'd recommend taking a look at the following: 

Lime Mint Plants

- Pineapple Mint Plants

Moroccan Mint Plants

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