Mentha X piperita
Peppermint is the MacGyver of the herb world, useful in everything from dessert, to tea, to soup, to meat marinade, and more.
Peppermint’s refreshing leaves are said to have calming and purifying properties. It’s also a great source of manganese, copper, and Vitamin C.
Sprouts in: 1 - 2 weeks
Harvest in: 5 - 12 weeks
Peppermint is not temperature sensitive. It grows best at 18 - 30 °C / 64 - 86 °F.
Peppermint is a bit slow at the beginning, but once it gets going it will grow a lot of leaves fast.
In 4 weeks it should be ready for first harvesting. Just trim off the tips of the plant. It's easy to prune and basically not possible to harm it. You can even decide to cut the whole plant 5 cm / 2 inches above the ground or at least 2 pairs of true leaves to grow and it will grow again (produces more stems).
Peppermint is great for drying and this way you can save it for later. Lay them on a paper towel sheet and put them in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight.
Depending on how much you love your Peppermint and how often you prune it, one pod may last up to 100 days.
If your plant pod is old and starts to degrade, feel free to remove the plant from the cavity and plant it outdoors. Peppermint will grow as a perennial herb also in a hardy climate.