The Badja Peak Mint Bush (Prostanthera Cuneata ‘Badja Peak’) Care Guide


The Badja Peak Mint Bush, otherwise known as the Prostanthera Cuneata ‘Badja Peak’ is a pretty well known tree plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.

Best known for its high maintenance and fast growth, this tree will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its dark green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.

Fortunately, this is exactly what we’ll cover in this Badja Peak Mint Bush Care Guide. So let’s dive in.

In order to take proper care of your Badja Peak Mint Bush you’ll need to keep in mind the following guidelines:

  • Water: The Badja Peak Mint Bush needs evenly spread moist soil – try to avoid letting the soil dry out.
  • Light: Keep your Prostanthera Cuneata ‘Badja Peak’ in an environment where it can receive filtered to full sun on a daily basis. 
  • Soil: Make sure to keep the Badja Peak Mint Bush in soil with moist but well-draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of sand, chalk, and loam.

And as with many other plants, these are the only three care factors you need to remember to make sure your Badja Peak Mint Bush is, for the most part, healthy and well to survive.

Scientific / Botanical Aspects

In botanical terms, the Badja Peak Mint Bush belongs to the Rosaceae family, the genus Prunus and the species Persica, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Prostanthera Cuneata ‘Badja Peak’.

As with other Prunus’s, the Badja Peak Mint Bush is an evergreen plant, which means it will be present year round in your garden.

Growing Region

The Badja Peak Mint Bush is a plant native to the China.

You might be wondering why your Badja Peak Mint Bush’s native region is important. Well, if you know where your plant originally came from, you’ll know which environment conditions it prefers, and with it, knowledge on how to replicate it at home.

With this in mind, the Prostanthera Cuneata ‘Badja Peak’ will be most used to the heat zones in the 1 – 8 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a and the ideal climate zone is between 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24.

Growth and Size

Growth

In terms of size and growth, the Badja Peak Mint Bush is a relatively fast grower, which makes things tricky for any plant enthusiast.

Size

But, what size of Badja Peak Mint Bush are we talking about? What can you expect in terms of height, spread and spacing? Let’s dig in…

The Prostanthera Cuneata ‘Badja Peak’ can grow up to 18′ – 25′ (5.4m – 7.5m) in 18′ – 25′ (5.4m – 7.5m) and 18′ – 25′ (5.4m – 7.5m) in 18′ – 25′ (5.4m – 7.5m). 

Also, expect it to grow in a wonderful rounded shape, which is something worthwhile to remember when making your garden landscape plans.

Water

In terms of watering, the Badja Peak Mint Bush is a fairly complicated plant to take care of.

This is mostly because it has a not so straightforward watering schedule and somewhat irregular watering needs.

Specifically, most experts agree that the Prostanthera Cuneata ‘Badja Peak’ needs evenly spread moist soil – try to avoid letting the soil dry out.

Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water. 

Prostanthera cuneata 'Badja Peak' plants

Watering

As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Badja Peak Mint Bush in soil with moist but well-draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive. 

When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times. 

But, if you want a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to watering your Badja Peak Mint Bush then you should consider the famous ‘finger’ test. To perform this test, you just need to put your finger in your plant’s soil and determine if it’s moist or not. If it is, then don’t water; if it isn’t, then please do. In any case, this test will allow you to know if your Badja Peak Mint Bush needs or does not need water, every time.

Soil Mix

As mentioned earlier, the Badja Peak Mint Bush prefers to have soil with good drainage properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of sand, chalk, and loam.

In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.

Light and Exposure

In terms of light & exposure, the Badja Peak Mint Bush requires filtered to full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions. 

Most experts agree that this tree will do well as long as you keep it in full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.

Specifically, we recommend that you place your Prostanthera Cuneata ‘Badja Peak’ in full and direct sun (more than 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).

Season

Being an evergreen plant, the Badja Peak Mint Bush will be present year round in your garden.

But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (early, mid), the summer (late), and during the fall.

Flowers

In particular, this tree is well known for its long bloom season and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.

The Badja Peak Mint Bush produces some beautiful purple, or red/burgundy, gold/yellowpink, and white flowers around this time of year.

Foliage

The leaves from the Badja Peak Mint Bush have a beautiful dark green color during most of the year.

In particular, they have a simple arrangement with a alternate organization in its leaves.

You can expect the leaves from your Prostanthera Cuneata ‘Badja Peak’ to be around (1-3 inches) in size.

The Badja Peak Mint Bush is well known for being able to attract birds, so keep that in mind when choosing your plant, as you’ll likely end up finding one or another in your garden.

Prostanthera cuneata 'Badja Peak' up close

Garden

Now, let’s talk garden and how your Badja Peak Mint Bush will look best in it.

In particular, the Badja Peak Mint Bush’s best use for landscaping within your garden is as hedge, coastal exposure, container, or a mass planting.

Conclusion

Even though we covered a lot of care information for your Badja Peak Mint Bush, remember the basics: sunlight, soil and water, as these should be enough to grow a healthy plant at home.

Sebastian Moncada

I’m also a plant enthusiast and researcher. I’ve been privileged to have lived my whole life around the wilderness of Colombia and I’m happy to share everything I learn along the way. “Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience” – Emerson.

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