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Growing Chocolate Mint: How to Grow and Harvest Chocolate Mint

By Becca Badgett
(Co-author of How To Grow An EMERGENCY Garden)

The leaves of the Chocolate Mint plants add to drinks, desserts, and side dishes a wide variety of dishes that you prepare in the kitchen. Growing chocolate mint, both indoors and outdoors, is an easy way of always getting a fresh supply of the chocolate herb plant.

Chocolate mint ( Mentha x piperita 'Chocolate') are attractive, fragrant, and easy to grow. As with most square pistils in the mint family, growing chocolate mint can easily and quickly take over the area where it is planted in the ground.

When you learn how to care for chocolate mint, you know that it must be included in some way to avoid the chocolate herb plant's rapid spread. Horror stories of uncontacted chocolate mint escaping are shared by gardeners who planted it directly in the ground only to take over the bed or spread out onto a neighbor's property where it must then be removed.

How to grow and harvest chocolate mint

Growing chocolate mint in containers is easy. Regular pinching and dividing will keep the chocolate mint healthy, full and under control. Ripe brownish red stems and attractive serrated leaves become full after the tips are pushed out. Use the leaves in your dishes and drinks. Longer stems of the chocolate cabbage plant can be cut off to root more plants. Learning how to grow and harvest a chocolate mint ensures a regular supply of the fragrant leaves, which can be used fresh or dried for later use.

Growing chocolate mint outside in pots that can be placed completely in partial sun is easy. Once you've got a pruning, you probably don't need to get another plant. The annual division of the pot's contents results in an abundance of plants for you or to share with friends and family, so everyone has a container of the beneficial chocolate cabbage plant.

If you plan to grow the chocolate herb plant in a garden with other herbs, plant the entire container and sink it into the ground. Do not remove the bottom of the pot. Roots of the growing Chocolate Mint plant can escape through drainage holes, but you can occasionally remove the container and cut off any roots that grow from drainage holes. You can also include it in a chocolate-themed garden with other chocolate plants.

Learning how to care for chocolate mint is easy too. Water and fertilize occasionally, and grow in full sun for maximum flavor. Harvest throughout the growing season unless you want the plant to show its attractive pink flowers in late spring through midsummer. If so, clip after flowering. New cuttings take root in late summer to get inside for winter.