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Tips on Vietnamese Mint Growing
Vietnamese Mint growing provides a flavourful herb that can be easily grown in your yard. Check out these tips to grow this herb with ease.
The plant produces highly aromatic leaf. Indeed this plant (also known as Vietnamese coriander or laksa leaf), is not a mint but a herb enjoyed for its hot peppery taste.
You can propagate Vietnamese mint from cuttings (by burying part of the stem under the soil).
Furthermore this perennial grows best in the tropics and sub-tropics.
This herb can easily be grown in a pot or container.
Time needed: 3 minutes
How to grow Vietnamese mint from a cutting or by division.
- Prepare Soil
Improve your soil with well matured manure or compost.
- Obtain cutting
Cut a stem off and remove the lower leaves. Then put the cut end in a jar full of water. Small white roots will soon appear from the underwater end of the cutting .
When there are numerous white roots, you can take out the cutting and plant it in moist rich soil. If growing by division, plant the division you have separated off and plant it at the same level it was when you dug it up, or the same level it was in the pot you purchased.
- Sun and Water
Plant in full sun. In addition, water in your seeds or seedlings and thereafter water regularly.
Mulch around the base of the leaves to keep roots moist and suppress weeds.
Harvest with scissors. Cut back to the woody stems as this will also encourage leafier growth.
Vietnamese mint growing in pots
We recommend growing herbs such as this in pots, especially in tropical regions.
When growing Vietnamese mint you can apply a slow release fertiliser at the time of planting. During the wet season we also apply a liquid seaweed fertiliser every month, to achieve best results.
During the tropical dry season in particular this plant needs to be watered regularly.
Pests and Diseases
This herb is fairly pest resistant. However, it can suffer from aphids or spider mites. Regular application of white oil can help address these pests. Indeed white oil is an effective organic pesticide that you can make at home.
Vietnamese Mint Uses
Vietnamese Mint Growing or Laksa Leaf?
This plant is also known as laksa leaf. Indeed, laksa leaf is used often in cooking, most notably in laksa soup.
Hence, this herb has a unique ‘peppery’ flavour. It is also has hints of coriander flavour and can be used in a similar way. Thus it is very popular in South East Asian cooking. Indeed it is useful to spice up a salad and it is found in dishes with seafood, rice, meat, chicken, coconut milk and curry.
Vietnamese mint benefits
This herb is quite good for you. Indeed, packed with vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, as well as calcium, iodine, iron, magnesium, and potassium, Vietnamese Mint has a number of health benefits.
This herb has anti-inflammatory properties and is said to help with swelling joints and skin issues. There is also evidence it is useful for people suffering from diarrhoea.
This plant also works for fungus between your toes (also known as athlete’s foot). Wash the leaves; crush it into a liquid to apply on the wounded area. In addition, you can use the residue to cover it. Then keep water away from the area.
Extracts of this plant can also be applied to address dandruff.
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