Cutting Back Mint

By late summer mint is usually looking decidedly unappetising, long straggly flower stems and burnt out leaves. But mint, given a good haircut, will come back with flush of tasty fresh leaves.

It is a very simple job that does not need any finesse. Use a pair of secateurs or even shears and cut the long stems back to a  few buds above ground level or to a height you prefer.

Straggly mint in late summer

Mint stems cut back

Mint that has been cut back now has a new flush of growth

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  1. #1 by Vince Kirchner on March 5, 2011 - 15:50

    I cut mines the first time mid summer, then a second cutting in late summer. That keeps them a manageable height and looking full and green. We live in Zone 5b. Of course I pick most of the leaves off of what I cut so I can dehydrate them for tea and cookies. Very nice site, I have been back many times looking at the wealth of knowledge.

    Regards
    Vince

  2. #2 by Laura on March 6, 2011 - 17:39

    Thanks Vince – I think I am the equivelant of a US zone 9 but not sure. Anyway makes sense to cut mint as many times as it needs – it just makes it grow all the lusher. Great site you have too will check it out more fully later. Just got back from Scotland after 3 weeks so masses to catch up on.

  3. #3 by Mini Greenhouse on April 22, 2011 - 20:06

    Does this work with all types of mint? I’ve got quite a lot of spearmint bushes and i think they should be trimmed back but i was a tad fearful it’d kill them off!

    • #4 by Laura on April 23, 2011 - 00:46

      I think it does work for all types, I have three types including spearmint and it works for all so i can’t see any reason why not all.

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