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Old 08-23-2005, 07:46 PM   #1
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Angry FRUSTRATED in my search for mint

I'm not sure if I put this in the correct forum...

I have been looking to grow mint since I use it a lot in Vietnamese cooking. I've tried to grow it 2xs now. Once from cuttings using the stalks of mint I already had (which died) and then again, when a friend was at a nursery and picked up a starter plant for me. Problem is, it wasn't the correct kind of mint. *arrghhh*

I know that it's spearmint, but I think there must be a lot of varieties of spearmint because that is what my friend picked up at the nursery. I researched it and found possible botanical name is Mentha arvensis, mentha spicata, mentha x gracilis.

I know what the mint looks like, but it seems like all the sites on the net have different pictures.

I want the stuff that looks like this: http://www.victoryseeds.com/catalog/...a_spicata.html
But if I look at this link http://www.vietworldkitchen.com/essentials/herbs.htm, I see that Hung Cay (Vietnamese word) is what mentha spicata is, which is a completely different picture.

At most of the Asian grocery stores in Oregon, they will sell starters for like 3 bucks, but usually they are dried out and dead. At this point, I might just buy it in hopes to revive it, since this is the only way I can ensure that I buy the right variety.

Anyone else have translation problems? A lot of times I get frustrated because I don't know what the English name for many herbs and veggies are from the Asian store, I only know the Chinese or Vietnamese name, which a lot of times doesn't help. Maybe it just wasn't meant to be that I grow mint.

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Old 08-23-2005, 08:03 PM   #2
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The mint I see most at Vietnamese restaraunts round my area is a a type with fairly long tapering leaves rather than the broad style of regular mint (and like that in your pictures).

I know how frustrating it can be, people will say mint is mint but it isn't, the flavour is different. Its like saying thai basil (or holy basil as its otherwise called) can be substituted by regular basil and the results will be the same, it just isnt the same.

Good luck htc, I feel for you :).
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Old 08-23-2005, 08:11 PM   #3
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I'm not sure if I put this in the correct forum...

I have been looking to grow mint since I use it a lot in Vietnamese cooking. I've tried to grow it 2xs now. Once from cuttings using the stalks of mint I already had (which died) and then again, when a friend was at a nursery and picked up a starter plant for me. Problem is, it wasn't the correct kind of mint. *arrghhh*

I know that it's spearmint, but I think there must be a lot of varieties of spearmint because that is what my friend picked up at the nursery. I researched it and found possible botanical name is Mentha arvensis, mentha spicata, mentha x gracilis.

I know what the mint looks like, but it seems like all the sites on the net have different pictures.

I want the stuff that looks like this: http://www.victoryseeds.com/catalog/...a_spicata.html
But if I look at this link http://www.vietworldkitchen.com/essentials/herbs.htm, I see that Hung Cay (Vietnamese word) is what mentha spicata is, which is a completely different picture.

At most of the Asian grocery stores in Oregon, they will sell starters for like 3 bucks, but usually they are dried out and dead. At this point, I might just buy it in hopes to revive it, since this is the only way I can ensure that I buy the right variety.

Anyone else have translation problems? A lot of times I get frustrated because I don't know what the English name for many herbs and veggies are from the Asian store, I only know the Chinese or Vietnamese name, which a lot of times doesn't help. Maybe it just wasn't meant to be that I grow mint.
Htc,
on your first link from victory seeds, this is what I know as mint, the other link is cilantro, two completely different tastes. Mint, falvo like in candy but not sweet, just the flavor, is that what your looking for? If so it would be from the victroy seeds link.
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ps...hope you find what you are looking for not sure if I halped or not.
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Old 08-23-2005, 08:38 PM   #4
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Try these folks - they're absolutely amazing in the stock they have; and they ship!


http://www.wellsweep.com/
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Old 08-23-2005, 09:26 PM   #5
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Uhh Kadesma, scroll further down the page on the second link.

I don't think htc would have made such a rookie mistake.
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Old 08-23-2005, 11:00 PM   #6
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Uhh Kadesma, scroll further down the page on the second link.

I don't think htc would have made such a rookie mistake.
Sorry Haggis,
I didn't scroll down enough...The mint there is the same as the one on the victory link..Sorry htc...
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Old 08-23-2005, 11:33 PM   #7
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Thanks for letting me vent. Kadesma, no worries! Marm, I'll give these guys a try and cross my fingers. I am hoping to find some starters here locally, but if I can't, I'll make sure to contact these guys.
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Old 08-24-2005, 04:37 AM   #8
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Mint needs room to grow, so when you get your starter plants, transplant them into very large pots for the size of the pots. Keep them in a nice sunny place and only take what you need from the palnt when cooking. Make sure you spread your used coffee grounds round the base of the plant(not touching it)along with the filter, excellent source of nitrogen and the mint will love you all the more for it! = )
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Old 08-24-2005, 11:45 AM   #9
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Brian, thanks for the tip. I actually have a worm composting bin I use. I put all of my coffee grounds in the compost and then use it for my plants. You are right, they do love it! And my worms love the coffee, so all is good! Now if I can just stop planting the wrong herbs!
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Old 08-25-2005, 08:16 AM   #10
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My dad has that growing like a weed over half his vegie garden!! He even puts the lawnmower over it theres so much of it! we must have the right conditions here.
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