Scotts Osmocote Professional 40L Premium Potting Mix
Name: Vietnamese mint, Persicaria odorata, Vietnamese coriander, laksa leaf.
Plant type: evergreen perennial.
Foliage: elongated to a point with a distinctive V-shaped blotch.
Climate: all climates.
Soil: prefers moist soil.
Position: full sun to part shade.
Flowering and fruiting: short spikes with tiny pale pink flowers.
Feeding: apply a seaweed solution at planting. In frost-prone areas, also apply a seaweed solution periodically from late autumn through winter to improve frost tolerance. Mulch with compost in spring.
Watering: regular watering is required, especially during hot or dry weather.
Vietnamese mint is a spreading herb with striking green foliage featuring distinct blackish v-shaped blotches, held along purple stems. It is fragrant, edible, and prolific when grown in tropical and sub-tropical conditions. If you're worried about this mint spreading, plant in a pot in a premium potting mix.
An edible herb commonly used fresh in rice paper rolls and salads, or served alongside spring rolls together with lettuce and dipping sauce, Vietnamese mint has an unusual flavour that adds pizzazz to any meal. It is an acquired taste for some, bringing depth and flavour to Asian-inspired cuisine.
Vietnamese mint is usually available in a small herb pot, ready for planting directly into the garden or into a larger pot or container.
Harvest for the kitchen regularly, and prune the plant back by at least half in late winter or early spring, after all likelihood of frost has past.
Vietnamese mint is relatively pest and disease free. If aphids or mites are found, treat with an organic oil, making sure you follow the directions on the label.
Vietnamese mint can be easily propagated by layering (burying part of the stem under soil), or by striking cuttings in a glass of water.
After applying fertiliser, delay harvesting for a few days and rinse well before cooking and eating. If using products to deal with pests, diseases or weeds, always read the label, follow the instructions carefully and wear suitable protective equipment. Store all garden chemicals out of the reach of children and pets.
Lemongrass: another Asian herb that thrives in moist soils.
Ginger: an easy-to-grow rhizome that complements Asian cuisine.
Coriander: a delicious herb that's easy to grow from seed.
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