Growing Mint in the Garden
For those living in climates that are not as favorable for outdoor gardening, you may want to try growing mint indoors. Plant the cutting in an 8-inch plastic pot, as clay pots will dry out quickly and will prevent your mint from getting enough water. Use general potting soil, which acts as a reservoir for the plant and will keep the soil moist. Once you’ve successfully planted your plant, it can live for years as a houseplant.
To plant your mint, dig the soil and sprinkle it with vermiculite to ensure it is well draining. Then plant the seeds directly in the ground. While growing mint in containers, remember that you should keep the roots of your plants out of water by turning the pot over every few days. If this is not possible, you can also use landscape edging or metal flashing to protect the plant from weeds. Once your mint plants have sprouted, it’s time to water them.
Mint grows best in full sun to partial shade, and it prefers fertile soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0. You can cut your mint plants to approximately 5 inches long. Remember to cut them just below the node, where the leaves grow. Place the cutting in water and a sunny window. The plant will root within four hours of exposure to light. If you’re growing mint indoors, make sure to fertilize the soil with aged compost before planting it.
Unlike mint, which needs a lot of space in a garden, mint does not require soil. It is best grown in pots or containers that are not too large. A 10-inch pot is adequate, and larger containers are preferred. If you choose to grow your mint outdoors, make sure to turn the container weekly to avoid the roots from escaping the drainage holes. It is important to keep the container moist, but not soggy.
The most important thing to remember about mint is that it is an invasive plant. You need to be careful to keep it away from other plants and make sure it doesn’t invade other spaces. You can plant mint in a container in the garden or a pot for outdoor use. It should be 12 to 15 inches deep, with the base cut off to allow the roots to spread downward. The soil should be moist and well-draining.
While mint is hardy, it can be a booger in the garden. It sends underground runners that can take root and re-surface in another yard. This herb is an absolute pain to plant incorrectly, and it can spread to new areas that are not very suitable for it. It’s best to use a biodegradable container to avoid it. It’s recommended to harvest mint as soon as you notice the first set of true leaves.
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