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A mint plant that’s provided with the right growing conditions will flower naturally. So you don’t need to do anything, in particular, to get it to bloom. Mint flowers start appearing in early summer and continue to bloom until early autumn. Young plants typically begin flowering in their second year.
Mint flowers are also valuable for the environment. Many species of pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, rely on the rich nectar for food during summer. Also, the flowers can attract other insects, which in turn attract numerous species of birds, such as warblers, kinglets, vireos, and tanagers. Mint flowers also attract hummingbirds — perfect if you’re looking to create a bird-friendly garden. Whether you want to let your mint flower or not is really up to you. The health of the plant is not affected if you cut the flowers. In fact, it is recommended that you remove the flower heads, as when mint plants flower, it can cause the plant to lose its essential oils, making the leaves less aromatic. Also, allowing your mint to bloom can cause the plant to produce fewer leaves and become less bushy, as it uses more energy in producing flowers.
What we recommend is that you leave some flower stalks to bloom on your mint plant. This way, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a bushy plant that produces highly aromatic leaves, providing nectar for bees and butterflies, as well as allowing you to take delight in their unique beauty. Once the flowers start wilting, it’s best to remove them, as they will start producing seeds and cause the mint to spread further into your garden.Mint is a perennial herb with very fragrant, toothed leaves and tiny purple, pink, or white flowers. There are many varieties of mint—all fragrant, whether shiny or fuzzy, smooth or crinkled, bright green or variegated. However, you can always tell a member of the mint family by its square stem. Rolling it between your fingers, you’ll notice a pungent scent and think of candy, sweet teas, or maybe even mint juleps. (Source: www.almanac.com)