(Updates) Mints: a comparison

This post will be a pictorial comparison of how well (or badly) my mints have been growing for the past two to three months since April 2009.

Some new mints have been added recently. As such, those will have no comparison pictures.

(FYI: I’ve never excelled in my designing of templates or stuff. So the comparison pictures design is really rudimentary at best.)

Apple mint from Paragon

The apple mint still looks a little sad now because I’d just washed it (and all other mints) with soap suds and then rinsed it.

Basil mints

Growing like weeds. I’ve only been feeding them water and sunlight, honest. And the daily spray of diluted seaweed extract.

Chocolate mint

I love you, choc mint.

Eu de cologne mint

My original planter box of EDCs were given to my guy. Then my pot got infested with mites and died. The new one was given to me by my guy who rooted them.

Grapefruit mint

Still as weird as ever, this one.

Lavender mints

Growing VERY well. The one on the farthest left is grown in the semi-hydroponics system/water reservoir system.

(Supposed) Moroccan mint


Orange mints

These two pots bounced back very well from previous RSM attacks. Now, no RSMs bother them.

Variegated peppermint

No variegation at all. But growing pretty well.

Swiss mints

Another potential weed. XD

This is the type of typical mint you can find outside anywhere, at supermarkets or markets. People think it’s spearmint, but upon further research with a fellow friend, we have come to suspect it might be tashkentmint (spelling) instead. One of its leaves is growing almost as big as two of my fingers.

(Suspected) Black peppermint

From YK. I cleared his original one of RSMs and then propagated this pot back for him late last year, I think.

Various mints

From YK too. Think there’s the Isetan apple mint, EDC mint…

Unknown mints

Exchanges with someone.

Oh Chin Huat “peppermint”

Lemon mint from MCC during gathering.


My lemon eucalyptus now.


Of all things minty

Finally, a collation of the mint plants I have.

Apologies for some blurry pictures – I was in a rush and also, the wind interfered with the macro shots.

Edit: Moroccan mint up.

Moroccan mint

Not sure how they smell or taste like yet, but apparently it’s a really good culinary herb.

Apple mint (from Isetan)

This apple mint has a soft, velvety foliage with a slight medicinal scent mixed in with the mint scent. It has a tendency to really sprawl and be messy, so regular pruning is greatly encouraged. It roots quite easily in water. This variety has thicker stems as compared with most other mints; its stems are also fuzzy.

Apple mint (from Paragon)

A friend rooted this mint and we did an exchange of apple mints. This variety has thin purple stems with small serrated dark green leaves. It smells strongly of mint mixed with something. Very hardy. Roots terribly easily too.

Orange mint

This mint doesn’t really smell like a mint. It was a very subtle mint scent, with a heavier, muskier (earthy) scent with it.

Swiss mint

This variety has longer and more serrated leaves than most other mints I’ve seen. It smells of the mentos sweet. Harder to propagate by water, for some reason – the leaves tend to dry up even though the cuttings are left in water and in a shady place. So I’ll say it’s a 60/40 chance of rooting.

Basil mint

No idea how this one smells. The leaves in a temperate region is green on the top and a nice shade of deep purple on the bottom. But once it gets more sun, it turns fully green.

Chocolate mint

My variety of chocolate mint has one of the smallest leaves I’ve seen in mints. They’re cute. But especially prone to red spider mites attack. They smell of candycane. It’s one of my favorite mints to have. Thankfully I’ve propagated a new pot (mother pot is dying).

Leaves scarred from RSM attack.

Variegated peppermint

Small plugs. No idea how they smell yet. Think they should smell like peppermint (duh).

Lavender (pepper)mint

Hardly smells of lavender. Very subtle mint scent. Light smashes of purple on the green leaves.

Eau de cologne mint

My poor EDC mint has been so attacked I snipped them off and now it looks like this. No fear though. I can get more healthy cuttings from my guy. =) Apparently, people have commented this smells like Chanel No. 5, but I have no idea how that perfume smells like.

Grapefruit mint

I suppose I should consider it hardy. It does not take well to rooting at all, and has died back once already before miraculously reviving. However, its original pretty purplish foliage has been replaced by a rusty green.

Unidentified mint – a suspect peppermint OR black peppermint

A survivor. Neverend passed a small pot to me as a sickly, RSM-infested plant. I’ve since propagated a pot back for him (healthy plant) and it has gone through being severely leaf-burnt, to being attacked again, and all.

(Received) Lavender, basil, variegated peppermints

Got my mint plugs today – three lavender mints; three variegated peppermints; one basil mint.

Since I only opened my letter box at night, I couldn’t get good shots. But for what it’s worth for now, I have some shots from my phone camera.

Basil mint.

Lavender mint.

Variegated peppermint.

Testing one plug each of lavender and variegated peppermints in the water reservoir method.