It’s the time of year when we can replenish our stocks of aquatic and semi aquatic perennials.
Over the past two weeks we’ve been busy cutting back the dead stems from Mentha aquatica (water mint) and collecting the new runners.
We then cut them into strands that will form the new plants as they have already formed small roots. This is propagation by division and is helpful in building numbers up fairly quickly.
Mentha aquatica is an aromatic member of the mint family and forms rafts of dark green to purple leaves that are ideal places of cover for invertebrates and hiding places for small fish and tadpoles.
The flowers are seen from July to September, are pale mauve and a very bee friendly source of nectar.
The seeds are very small so division is an ideal propagating process.
From just one source we have produced over 50 crates of viable material so that makes a conservative estimate of about 10,000 individuals. That should keep us in water mint for a while!