This is used by most gardeners for protecting the soil as it reduces the watering cycles. Fertilization is minimal as these plants need fertilization only once or twice a year. The fertilizer should comprise 1:1:1 NPK ratio (NPK - Nitrogen Phosphorus Potassium).
Plant Care Tips
✦ The ideal planting season is early spring. Plant the sapling in the soil mixture and wet the soil with water so the soil settles down well around the roots. If you are planting in clusters, make sure that they are planted 8 - 12 inches apart. Cover the soil with mulch, as it helps in the retention of moisture and prevention of weeds.
Also, there are other menaces for this plant like aphids, which affect the roots, thereby rotting the plants. Using systematic plant foods like, Advanced All-in-One Rose and Flower Care and pesticides is recommended to keep away pests like aphids and snails. All purpose liquid plant food is also good as that facilitates healthier, faster plant growth.
✦ Plants being from mint family are invasive and occupy every space. Divide the plant once in three years by dividing the roots in late fall or spring. This keeps the plant clean. In early spring, replanting can be done by discarding older portions and planting new ones 12-15 inches apart.
Valerian and chamomile are also added to this tea to increase relaxation effect. Oswego tea is said to be an appetizing agent that cures digestion disorders. This palliates menstruation cramps and reduces nausea.
At times, breathing in the aromatic steam of the leaves aids in relieving throat afflictions like cough and sore throat. Ointments made of the leaves are also used for healing minor insect stings, cold sores, and acne.