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Annual
Plant Type
Herb
Bloom Time
Summer, Fall
Plant Height
30 cm
Spread
20 cm
Flower Size
3 mm to 6 mm
Flower Color
Purple
Leaf type
Deciduous
Ideal Temperature
20 - 35 ℃
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Beetles, Wasps, Flies
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Adult food, Larval food

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What is the best way to water my Squaw mint?
To water Squaw mint, you can use a garden hose with a spray nozzle, a watering can, or just about any other common watering tool. Generally, Squaw mint is not too picky about how they receive their water, as they can live off of rainwater, tap water, or filtered water. Often, you should try not to water this plant from overhead, as doing so can damage the leaves and flowers and may lead to disease as well. At times, the best method for watering this plant is to set up a drip irrigation system. These systems work well for Squaw mint as they apply water evenly and directly to the soil. For one Squaw mint that grows in a container, you can use a similar watering approach while changing the tools you use. To water a container-grown Squaw mint, use a cup, watering can, or your tap to apply water directly to the soil.
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What should I do if I water my Squaw mint too much or too little?
The remedy for underwatering Squaw mint is somewhat obvious. When you notice that your plant lacks moisture, simply begin watering it on a more regular basis. The issue of overwatering can be a much more dire situation, especially if you fail to notice it early. When your Squaw mint is overwatered, it may contract diseases that lead to its decline and death. The best way to prevent this outcome is to choose a proper growing location, one that receives plenty of sunlight to help dry the soil and has good enough drainage to allow excess water to drain rather than pooling and causing waterlogged soils. If you overwater your Squaw mint that lives in a pot, you may need to consider changing it to a new pot. Your previous container may not have contained soil with good drainage or may not have had sufficient drainage holes. As you repot your overwatered Squaw mint, make sure to add loose soils and to use a pot that drains efficiently.
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How often should I water my Squaw mint?
Squaw mint needs water regularly throughout the growing season. Beginning in spring, you should plan to water this plant about once per week. As the season presses on and grows warmer, you may need to increase your watering rate to about two to three times per week. Exceeding at this rate can be detrimental to your Squaw mint. With that said, you should also ensure that the soil in which your Squaw mint grows remains relatively moist but not wet, regardless of how often you must water to make that the case. Watering Squaw mint that lives in a pot is a bit different. Generally, you'll need to increase your watering frequency, as the soil in a pot can heat up and dry out a bit faster than ground soil. As such, you should plan to water a container-grown Squaw mint a few times per week in most cases, versus just once per week for an in-ground plant.
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How much water does my Squaw mint need?
There are a few different ways you can go about determining how much water to give to your Squaw mint. Some gardeners choose to pick their water volume based on feeling the soil for moisture. That method suggests that you should water until you feel that the first six inches of soil have become moist. Alternatively, you can use a set measurement to determine how much to water your Squaw mint. Typically, you should give your Squaw mint about two gallons of water per week, depending on how hot it is and how quickly the soil becomes dry. However, following strict guidelines like that can lead to overwatering if your plant requires less than two gallons per week for whatever reason. When growing Squaw mint in a container, you will need to use a different method to determine how much water to supply. Typically, you should give enough water to moisten all of the layers of soil that have become dry. To test if that is the case, you can simply stick your finger in the soil to feel for moisture. You can also water the soil until you notice a slight trickle of excess water exiting the drainage holes of your pot.
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How can I tell if i'm watering my Squaw mint enough?
It can be somewhat difficult to avoid overwatering your Squaw mint. On the one hand, these plants have relatively deep roots that require you to moisten the soil weekly. On the other hand, Squaw mint are plants that are incredibly susceptible to root rot. Along with root rot, your Squaw mint may also experience browning as a result of overwatering. Underwatering is far less likely for your Squaw mint as these plants can survive for a while in the absence of supplemental watering. However, if you go too long without giving this plant water, it will likely begin to wilt. You may also notice dry leaves.
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How should I water my Squaw mint through the seasons?
You can expect your Squaw mint’s water needs to increase as the season moves on. During spring, you should water about once per week. Then, as the summer heat arrives, you will likely need to give a bit more water to your Squaw mint, at times increasing to about three times per week. This is especially true of Squaw mint that grow in containers, as the soil in a container is far more likely to dry out faster than ground soil when the weather is warm. In autumn, while your Squaw mint is still in bloom, it may need a bit less water as the temperature has likely declined, and the sun is no longer as strong as it was in summer.
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How should I water my Squaw mint at different growth stages?
Squaw mint will move through several different growth stages throughout the year, some of which may require more water than others. For example, you will probably start your Squaw mint as a seed. While the seed germinates, you should plant to give more water than your Squaw mint will need later in life, watering often enough to maintain consistent soil moisture. After a few weeks, your Squaw mint will grow above the soil and may need slightly less water than at the seedling phase. Then, once this plant is mature, you can begin to use the regular watering frequency of about once per week. As flower development takes place, you may need to give slightly more water to aid the process.
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What's the difference between watering Squaw mint indoors and outdoors?
There are several reasons why most Squaw mint grow outdoors rather than indoors. The first is that these plants typically grow to tall. The second reason is that Squaw mint needs more daily sunlight than most indoor growing locations can provide. If you are able to provide a suitable indoor growing location, you may find that you need to give your Squaw mint water a bit more often than you would in an outdoor growing location. Part of the reason for this is that indoor growing locations tend to be a lot drier than outdoor ones due to HVAC units. The other reason for this is that soil in containers can dry out relatively quickly as well compared to soil in the ground.
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6-12 inches
The perfect window to transplant squaw mint is when verdant growth resumes, typically from late spring's warmth into the embrace of early summer. Choose a sunny nook with well-drained soil to foster robust development. If needed, gentle handling aids successful settling in.
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Temperature
0 - 38 ℃
Squaw mint is native to temperate climates and thus, typically prefers temperatures in the range of 68 to 95°F (20 to 35℃). While tolerant of minor variation, sudden shifts in temperature can affect its growth. Zones experiencing severe winters may require additional protection.
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Spring, Summer, Fall
Aromatic and minty, squaw mint thrives with regular trimming. Prune lightly in spring to promote bushiness. Pinch back tips during summer for denser growth, and deadhead to encourage flowering. Perform major cutbacks in early fall to rejuvenate and shape. Pruning benefits squaw mint by controlling its spread, enhancing air circulation, and preventing pest invasions. Prune with clean, sharp tools to prevent disease. Timing is critical to maintain vitality and bloom quality.
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Flower Size
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Flower Color
Purple
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Just like people, each plant has its own preferences. Learn about your plants' temperature needs and create a comforting environment for them to flourish. As you care for your plants, your bond with them will deepen. Trust your intuition as you learn about their temperature needs, celebrating the journey you share. Lovingly monitor the temperature around your plants and adjust their environment as needed. A thermometer can be your ally in this heartfelt endeavor. Be patient and gentle with yourself as you explore your plants' temperature needs. Cherish your successes, learn from challenges, and nurture your garden with love, creating a haven that reflects the warmth of your care.
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Squaw mint is native to temperate climates and thus, typically prefers temperatures in the range of 68 to 95°F (20 to 35℃). While tolerant of minor variation, sudden shifts in temperature can affect its growth. Zones experiencing severe winters may require additional protection.
Regional wintering strategies
Squaw mint has strong cold resistance, so special frost protection measures are usually not necessary during winter. However, if the winter temperatures are expected to drop below {Limit_growth_temperature}, it is still important to provide cold protection. This can be achieved by covering the plant with materials such as soil or straw. Before the first freeze in autumn, it is recommended to water the plant abundantly, ensuring the soil remains moist and enters a frozen state. This helps prevent drought and water scarcity for the plant during winter and early spring.
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Symptoms of Low Temperature in Squaw mint
Squaw mint is cold-tolerant and thrives best when the temperature is above {Suitable_growth_temperature_min}. During winter, it should be kept above {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min}. When the temperature falls below {Limit_growth_temperature}, although there may not be any noticeable changes during winter, there may be a decrease in sprouting or even no sprouting during springtime.
Solutions
In spring, remove any parts that have failed to sprout.
Symptoms of High Temperature in Squaw mint
During summer, Squaw mint should be kept below {Suitable_growth_temperature_max}. When the temperature exceeds {Tolerable_growing_temperature_max}, the leaves of the plant may become lighter in color, prone to curling, susceptible to sunburn, and in severe cases, the entire plant may wilt and become dry.
Solutions
Trim away the sunburned and dried-up parts. Move the plant to a location that provides shade from the midday and afternoon sun, or use a shade cloth to create shade. Water the plant in the morning and evening to keep the soil moist.
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