Image of a dark green Basil Mint seedling in a 1.5 litre pot, as sold by Urban Bounty NZ.  The small leaves are dark green and oval, with a point end.

Mint (Basil Mint) Plants

HERB-MINT-4-5

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Basil Mint is a plant with a twist!  Plant it in a gorgeous pot and enjoy its unique sweet and spicy Basil-like fragrance and robust Mint-like flavour.  Like Perennial Basil, this is a good herb to have on hand when your summer herbs have run out for the season -   just make sure it is easy to access from your kitchen!

Urban Bounty Basil Mint plants come in a 1.5 litre pot.

What is Basil Mint (Mentha X piperita f. citrata, 'Bastardo')

No, it isn't a Basil!  Basil Mint is actually part of the Mint or Mentha family.  Its leaves are rougher and more textured than sweet Basil, but it has a similar distinctive scent. 

Basil Mint is a hardy perennial herb that will last through the winter in warmer parts of New Zealand.  It has an upright growth habit, and grows to approximately  45 - 60 cm high.   The narrow, serrated green leaves are tinged with red, as are the stems. In the height of summer, its pale purple flowers come to life, attracting pollinating bees to edible gardens.   

Try this plant in your Cottage or apartment garden, or in a patio pot loaded with seasonal herbs.

Culinary Uses for  Basil Mint (Mentha X piperita f. citrata)

Basil Mint has a robust, slightly minty flavour that works best in robust cooked dishes, or dishes with bold flavours.  Try it in a tagine, hearty Italian tomato dishes, or in a winter pesto.

Growing Conditions -  Basil Mint (Mentha X piperita f. citrata)

 

The growing conditions for Basil Mint are very similar to other plants in the Mint family.  It isn't fussy about soil type, but prefers with a slightly acidic - neutral ph.  It also prefers dappled shade or full sun.  Basil Mint watering requirements are modest, but it does better in soil that is kept slightly moist. 

This herb is a very strong growing variety of Mint and can spread a lot.  We recommend that you plant it in a pot, or at least in a contained space.  As Basil Mint ages, some of the stems can become a bit woody - just nip these off to encourage new growth.  

Companion plants with Beetroot, Broccoli, Brussels Sprout, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chilli Pepper, Eggplant, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Squash, Peas or Tomatoes.  

What climate does Basil Mint prefer>

In warmer areas, Basil Mint will grow most of the year round.  In cooler areas with hard frost and snow, they die back over winter and re-emerge in spring.  To protect the roots over winter, mulch the plant as it dies back.  Plant in spring or summer if you live in a cool climate.  In frost-free areas you can plant Basil Mint most months of the year.   

      We offer a replacement guarantee

      To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

      What will postage cost?

      Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

      Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

      If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

      If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz 

      How often do you dispatch?

      To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

      How do you package your products?

      We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  

       

      Where do you deliver to? 

      We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

      South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

      While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

      We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options: info@urbanbounty.co.nz

      Do you deliver to post office boxes?

      Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.