Questions about Tango Hummingbird Mint Plants
Where is the best place to plant Tango Hummingbird Mint?
Tango Hummingbird Mint thrives in zones 5-10, and is suitable for a wide range of climates across the United States. Use our Zone Finder tool to find out what zone you're located in.
Once you've determined that hummingbird mint can grow in your climate, find a spot that will allow your hummingbird mint thrive. Tango Hummingbird Mint requires well-draining, fertile soil and good sunlight-at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. While it prefers a good amount of compost and "richness" in the soil, hummingbird mint is truly drought tolerant once it's been in the ground for a season or two, and it doesn't like soggy soil. So, choose a place where water won't pool. Make sure to set your hummingbird mint plants at least 15" apart from each other to ensure enough space for proper growth, and to allow plenty of air flow between these plants.
When thinking about how to style your agastache plants, the options are nearly limitless. Agastache plants grow well in containers, and look great planted in large groups for a natural look. Growing to just over a foot tall, so they're small enough to be planted at the front of borders or flower beds. Mix and match your agastache with other sunny perennials, or pair with other native plants for a nonstop butterfly parade throughout the summer!
When is the best time to plant Tango Hummingbird Mint plants?
To avoid shocking them, plant your Tango Hummingbird Mint at the beginning of spring while the temperature is in a cooler range. Hummingbird mint is typically sold as a potted plant, and should go into the ground early enough to establish itself before the highest heats of summer.
To plant your Tango Hummingbird Mint, first aerate the soil using a trowel, then add in plenty of compost, making sure to mix the compost and soil well. Then, set the plants at the same depth to which they were potted. Backfill soil around the plant, water in well, and get ready for a summer of wonderful Tango Hummingbird mint blooms!
Does a Hummingbird Mint Plant need to be pruned?
Hummingbird mint isn't a woody perennial, and doesn't need to be pruned. After the flowers begin to fade, you can deadhead the spent blooms so that they don't spread seeds. Or, leave the plants alone to allow them to self-seed and spread out a bit! Leave the foliage and stems up through the fall. These parts gather nutrients for the plant to grow next year, plus they add a nice bit of winter interest in the garden. After winter, cut the stems back to a few inches above the ground and wait for your hummingbird mint plants to sprout again.
Do Hummingbird Mint Plants require any winter care?
Agastache requires very little winter care in the regions in which it is hardy. You don't need to cut the plant back in the fall, and should actually avoid doing so. Leaving the stems on the plant allows it to be protected against the cold, and to collect nutrients late into the fall. Plus, these stems create a really nice winter appearance. Place a layer of mulch around the base for the first winter to prevent freezing.