Growing Peppermint for Profit


Growing Peppermint Commercially – Starting a Peppermint Farm

Growing commercially peppermint for essential oil and/or fresh or dried leaves has raised much attention during the last two decades. Peppermint is a plant that can grow well in an average environment and can produce different products that can target different industries (soft drinks, fragrance, cosmetic, soap and detergents, food, tobacco etc.). Most of commercial peppermint farmers grow peppermint mainly for essential oil, but they can supplement their income by harvesting a second cut that is unsuitable for essential oil. They harvest the fresh leaves during or just before full bloom (summer months -July in most areas of US). This is the first cut that is normally intended for distillation and essential oil production. A couple of months later (during early autumn), many farmers can normally harvest a second cut, and this second cut is solely intended for fresh or dried material. In this way, they benefit from having two sources of income. Peppermint plant is a sterile hybrid and can only be propagated by rootstocks, runners or cuttings.

We can start a detailed research on which peppermint varieties would be more suitable for our market needs (essential oil vs. other uses) and of course which varieties would be better adjusted to the climate and soil of our region (generally full sun and good drainage are necessary, but different varieties can be grown from cold to subtropical climates).

Peppermint plant is resilient and can grow in almost any well drained soil; however, the average plant can thrive in certain growing conditions. Growing commercially peppermint involves a series of activities. Once established, plants can normally produce material for 4-5 years. Most farmers then plow and destroy the crop, so as to plant new rootstocks or to make a crop rotation. Planting, Irrigation, Fertilization, Weed Control and Harvesting are very important and affect greatly the final yield. These activities represent the majority of costs. Processing, storing and distillation methods are also extremely important for the final quantity and quality of essential oil.

You can enrich this article by leaving a comment or photo of your peppermint farm management and profitability.

Peppermint Plant Wiki

Growing Peppermint at home

Growing Peppermint for Profit

Peppermint Growing Conditions

Peppermint Planting Distances and Population

Peppermint Water Requirements

Peppermint Fertilizer Requirements

Peppermint Weed Control

Peppermint Harvest

Peppermint Plant Material and Essential Oil Yield

Peppermint Pests and Diseases

Q&As Peppermint Plant

Do you have experience in cultivating peppermint? Please share your experience, methods and practices in the comments below.

All the content you add will be soon reviewed by our agronomists. Once approved, it will be added to and it will influence positively thousands of new and experienced farmers across the world.

This site uses cookies to enhance your experience

If you not change browser settings, you agree to it. Learn more

I understand

By using our Website, you agree to our Terms of Use and Cookie Policy The Greatest Free Online Farming Library

Connect with Wikifarmer

Sign up for our free newsletter

  • Wikifarmer News
  • Tips and advice from experts
  • Special offers and discounts

Contact us

     Wikifarmer Official

T: +44(0)7391105509


This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Contact form