Vietnamese Mint Growing

Vietnamese mint growing
Vietnamese mint growing
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Vietnamese Mint Growing

Vietnamese mint growing produces this highly aromatic herb. Vietnamese mint (or coriander or laksa leaf as it is also known), is not a mint but a herb, enjoyed for its peppery or hot peppery taste.

Growing tips

How do you propagate Vietnamese mint?

You can propagate Vietnamese mint from cuttings (by burying part of the stem under the soil).

This herb can easily be grown in a pot or container.

Time needed: 3 minutes.

How to grow Vietnamese mint.

  1. Prepare Soil

    Improve your soil with well matured manure or compost.

  2. Plant

    Plant your mint at the same level it was from when you dug it up, or the same level it was in the pot you purchased.

  3. Sun and Water

    Plant in full sun. Water in your seeds or seedlings and thereafter water regularly.

  4. Mulch

    Mulch around the base of the leaves to keep roots moist and suppress weeds.

  5. Harvest

    Harvest with scissors. Cut back to the woody stems as this will also encourage leafier growth.

Fertilising 

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 from our Vietnamese mint growing..

Watering

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. However, 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 Growing for Laksa Leaf

This plant is also known as laksa leaf. Laksa leaf is used often in cooking, most notably in laksa soup.

Vietnamese mint growing leaves
Vietnamese mint growing leaves

This herb has a unique ‘peppery’ flavour. It is also has hints of coriander flavour and can be used in a similar way.

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.

Health Benefits of Vietnamese Mint Growing

Is Vietnamese mint good for you?

Yes, Vietnamese mint is good for you. It has a number of health benefits.

This herb has anti-inflammatory properties. Consequently, it is said to help with swelling joints and skin issues. There is also evidence it is useful for people suffering from diarrhoea.

Extracts of this plant is also applied to address dandruff.

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