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Anyone want to share there knowledge on some mint varieties? Who grows from seed and who from rhizomes
 
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Mints are quite easy to grow. I have grown both from seed and from small plants shared by others. I currently have peppermint, chocolate mint, apple mint, lemon balm (in the mint family) and catmint (which was a mistake that I got and am afraid to plant because I don't need to attract cats since I have two very zealous dogs that would love to chase the cats).

I have some mint in full sun and it does fine and others in heavy shade that only gets some afternoon sun and it does fine too.
 
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Lemon balm is supposed to repel mosquitoes when rubbed on your arms and legs. It depends on the mosquiotes, tho.
 
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I have grown lemon balm and marjoram from seed with direct sowing, no problem. My lavender, peppermint and spearmint came from division.

Renate Haeckler wrote:Lemon balm is supposed to repel mosquitoes when rubbed on your arms and legs. It depends on the mosquiotes, tho.



I noticed that my lemon balm started smelling more like citronella the later in the season it got, so I thought it might have some kind of best times for harvest depending on if you are using it for bug control or consumption.
Another note on lemon balm is I rooted some cuttings in a cup of water and let them grow leaves and everything for months indoors. The leaves were more compact, darker and less fragrant. When I pinched the leaf though it was a strong citronella aroma. So this higher citronella smell could be from lower light levels.



 
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