Pineapple mint, beautifully variagated

Pineapple mint with variegated leaves

Growing and producing pineapple mint is perfectly possible and even recommended for all those who love to flavor meals!

Forget about store-bought mint that only keeps for a couple days and pick leaves from your own bush when you need it!

This variety will definitely appeal to you: pineapple mint!

Key Pineapple mint facts

NameMentha rotundifolia ‘Pineapple’
Type – herbs and spices, mint

Height – 8 to 24 inches (20 to 60 cm)
Exposure – full sun, part sun
Soil – light, well-drained

Harvest – May to October

Planting pineapple mint

Planting pineapple mint outdoors

You’ll often be purchasing your variegated pineapple mint in pots: transplant it to the ground early April.

You can also leave it in its original pot for a while for easy picking indoors or on a balcony.
What is best, though, when growing it potted is to re-pot immediately after purchasing in a larger pot.

Planting pineapple mint indoors

This plant is perfectly suited to indoor growing, or on a balcony, in a pot or garden box.

Take care to water regularly so that the soil mix never dries up.

Collecting and harvesting pineapple mint

You can harvest pineapple mint leaves all spring and summer long right when you need it.

Select larger leaves, and snip the entire stem off, so that new shoots can appear.

  • It is preferable to pick the leaves early morning before the sun alters the flavor-bearing compounds in the leaves.

Growing pineapple mint in a pot

It is very easy to grow your pineapple mint inside your house, on a balcony or terrace. The powerful fragrance released also spreads an agreeable smell throughout the house or along the terrace.

  • What is the best season to plant pineapple mint ?

There isn’t any “better” season to grow pineapple mint indoors.

You can really grow it all year long, even in winter.
Usually it is added to summer meals.

It is mostly grown from April to September-October, both indoors and outdoors.

Choose a sunny, well-lit space like a windowsill, but avoid direct sun.

  • Water as soon as the soil is dry.
  • Fertilize the soil for better productivity.

All there is to know about pineapple mint

Pineapple mint is beautifully variegated and its flavor pairs well with many meals, fruit salads and sauces.

Growing it is rather easy as long as basic rules are followed.

  • Favor full or part sun exposure but never scorching.
  • Consistently moist soil.
  • Fertilization from May to August.

There are 25 mint species. Simply remember that most of them are rather invasive and that growing them in pots or garden boxes will prevent them from spreading everywhere in the garden.

Smart tip about pineapple mint

Pineapple mint is difficult to freeze and tends to turn black. It’s always best to use it fresh, or dried. Fresh mint is always more flavorful.

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Composition with ornamental variegate mint (pineapple)

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