how to grow mint in pots, I will give you some tips in this article. Some time ago I revealed my tricks on how to best grow parsley and basil at home and I was pleased to note that you are interested in the subject so much. This time it’s the turn of mint, an aromatic herb widely used in cooking, both in sweet and savoury recipes. I’ll give you good news right away; mint is the easiest aromatic plant to grow at home. Following my advice, we will end up with large and lush mint plants.
WE TRANSFER THE MINT
Back home with a mint plant, the first thing to do is to pour it into a larger pot with simple universal soil. But how big does the new pot have to be? Giving a precise answer to this question is almost impossible! In fact, mint grows and spreads relentlessly based on how much land it has available. In fact, in the countryside, mint is considered a weed, so having a single plant is enough to find the whole garden full.
Ultimately we choose how big the new pot will be, it will grow up to occupy all the available space. But if I can give you some advice, go too far with the size … because you can’t get enough of mint!
WATER AND FERTILIZER – HOW TO GROW MINT IN POTS
Mint is a perpetually thirsty plant, so it needs frequent watering. In this respect, it is a very sensitive plant: a small period of drought is enough and we will find the plant withered. But don’t be fooled by appearances, even if the plant looks dead it is not at all. In fact, mint is an “intelligent” plant; when there is no water it causes all the leaves to wither and concentrates its energy to keep the roots alive.
It will be enough to give water regularly and within a month we will find ourselves with the reborn plant. If the farmers believe that mint is a pest, this is one of the reasons: an apparent fragility hides great strength and tenacity. As mentioned earlier, mint does not require any specific soil to grow and even more amazingly it does not need fertilizer… it will always grow lush and strong. If we really want to “help” the plant, I suggest you use manure, which is the most suitable fertilizer for all vegetable plants.
MULTIPLICATION OF MINT
Reproducing mint is really very simple: it can be made from seeds, the stolons can be detached or cuttings can be made. The method I do not recommend is the one with seeds, but only because it is longer and more laborious than the multiplication by stolon or cuttings.
Let’s start with the reproduction for stolon. In fact, mint, if in optimal conditions, will make “children” that will grow a few centimetres from the mother plant attacked by a particular root called “stolon”. When the new plants are large enough they can be separated from the plant that gave them origin.
We take the whole plant out of the pot and with a clean-cut (using a disinfected blade) we separate the mother from the child by cutting the stolon, making sure that each has its own portion of roots. At this point, all that remains is to plant them each in its own pot. Do you remember when I told you that mint is a weed? The reason is precisely that it spends its entire existence multiplying by stolon!
Now let’s talk about multiplication by cuttings. We cut the apexes of the branches of the plant at least 20 cm long, with a knife or scissors with sharp and sterilized blades, then put them directly in the ground and water abundantly. Within a couple of weeks, we will see the result immediately and the new plant will start growing. As I always say, however, multiplication by cuttings is never 100% safe so there may be some failures, but in general, mint always gives good results!
WE COLLECT MINT
Do we want to encourage the growth of mint? We give lots of water and place the pot in very bright places but not under direct sun … the plant will give us fragrant leaves all year round to use in our recipes. We must not be afraid to prune the plant, we can even completely cut its leaves without leaving any … the plant will grow back even more luxuriant than before. As we do with basil and parsley, as soon as we see that the plant is in bloom we cut off the buds. In this way, the mint will concentrate its energies on the leaves and the plant will become really thick.
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