How to Grow Mint Indoors and Outdoors
Mint is a fragrant, refreshing herb that is often used as a flavoring agent. It grows well both indoors and outdoors in containers or pots. Mint plants should be placed in a warm, sunny area and watered lightly every few days. When mint plants reach maturity, they can be transplanted directly into a garden or pot for a container. Mint is a perennial, so it will die back in the winter and get straggly. If you want to encourage new shoots, you can cut them back regularly.
To start mint in a container, start by cutting the stems at eightcm. Plant the cuttings in water, and keep them out of direct sunlight. After a few days, they should sprout roots and grow into a small plant. Once rooted, the cuttings can be transplanted into a pot of soil or a hydroponic plug. For easy mint transplanting, you can soak the cuttings in rooting hormone and plant them in the soil.
Mint plants suffer from several diseases and insects. If you find a plant infected with a disease, remove it and plant a replacement. Do not use the same soil or potting material as the infected plant. Pests can also attack mint plants. Slugs, aphids, loopers, and leafrollers are common pests that attack mint plants. To combat these pests, you can use a propane gas burner or flame.
Mint is a relatively easy herb to grow. Mint plants spread by underground rhizomes. Mint will take over your garden if you don’t keep them under control. If you’re looking for a new garden accent, mint is an excellent choice. It can even take over your flower bed or garden! To grow mint, you’ll need to know how it can survive in a container. You can even dry the leaves for use in winter.
Once the mint plant has several stems, you can harvest the leaves. Mint plants should be harvested when they have more than one stem, which makes harvesting easy and convenient. A harvest should last for two months from seed, or even less from nursery plants. Harvesting a third of a mint plant may result in a weaker plant. When using hydroponics, you must remember to use fresh nutrient solution.
Mint grows well indoors and outdoors. Mint tolerates both dry soil and overwatering. It can be grown in containers, or in aquaponic systems. It doesn’t need a lot of water, but you do need to ensure the plant gets a light diet and plenty of sunshine. Mint can be grown successfully even without a garden. You can even grow mint indoors for your home if you have trouble getting around.
Mints belong to the Mentha genus and are found throughout the Mediterranean Region. It is a member of the Labiatae family, which includes plants that produce oil. Some species grow in the Pyrenees in Spain. Mints are used as perfume and by soldiers for aphrodisiac effects. This herb has several medicinal uses, including flavoring, but its true benefits are largely unknown.