- MINT VARIETIES
- WHERE TO PLACE YOUR POT OF MINT?
- HOW TO PLANT MINT?
- HOW TO GROW YOUR PLANT?
- HOW TO HARVEST MINT?
Did you know that it is very easy to grow mint indoors and more precisely, in pots ?
If you had to choose where to start gardening and which variety of aromatic plant to start planting directly in your house or apartment, we would recommend mint without hesitation! This is, in our opinion, one of the most enjoyable and easy to grow strains! Indeed, mint requires even less maintenance than basil , chives or thyme for example and adapts to many climates!
Discover our tips on caring for the mint plant and start growing your mint in a pot at home, directly indoors, in your kitchen or living room, without a balcony or garden, even if you don't have a green thumb.
Your organic mint culture will spend both spring and winter indoors!
|between sun and partial shade
|two to three times a week
|as needed to keep the flavors
There are over 70 different varieties of mint , or mentha in Latin.
Each has fragrant foliage, and the different species are distinguished mainly by their shapes and their aroma content.
Here is the list of the most famous varieties:
- spearmint (oval, green, smooth and toothed leaves)
- peppermint (oval, green leaves that turn purple in the sun)
- Moroccan mint (oval, green, toothed and embossed leaves)
- chocolate mint (oval and green leaves)
- lemon mint (oval leaves, green and variegated with yellow)
- bergamot mint (oval and green leaves)
It is therefore up to you to choose which variety to plant, according to your tastes and desires!
Our advice applies to all varieties because their needs vary very little and you will therefore be able to take care of your plantation, whatever subspecies is selected!
Where should you place your mint jar?
The great advantage of having your potted mint plant right in your house or apartment is that you won't have to worry about what season to grow your mint in, you can do it all year round. year !
Indeed, unlike some aromatic herbs, mint does not require exposure to direct sunlight . Such exposure could even cause your mint leaves to turn yellow, so prefer an exposure between sun and partial shade .
If the plant has direct sun exposure, it is important to water it enough to keep the soil moist. Place the pot near a window to give your plant the best development possible.
Mint develops very well from 17/18°C . You should therefore be able to enjoy it all year round, and keep your footing from one year to the next!
How to plant mint?
Get mint seeds that you are sure of the origin. You can go to a garden center or on the internet to select from the varieties of mint seeds, those you want to plant. If you decide to go online, make sure you get the best seeds.
Mint needs nutrient-rich soil to grow in the best conditions. Remember to plant your seeds well in thick soil. Again, you can find this soil in garden centers or on the internet. Choose between using a universal soil or a soil specific to aromatic plants which will be more optimized in nutrients.
Before filling your pot three-quarters full of soil, moisten the soil with water. Once you have your moist potting soil, fill the pot three-quarters full with it. If you're using a pot with a hole in the bottom to drain the water, consider placing a saucer under your pot to prevent water from leaking all over the place.
Arrange about 3 seeds in a hole you make with your finger. It is important to plant several seeds in a single pot, to ensure that there is germination. You won't need to push the seeds too deep, on the contrary! Do not bury them under more than one cm of soil. Once you have your seeds placed in your hole, cover them with a little soil, 5mm will be more than enough to protect the seeds and promote their germination. Then spray the soil with water to slightly moisten the surface of the pot.
You can also directly acquire a mint ball with the seeds and nutrients optimized for the growth of the plant.It's a solution that will make your life easier, especially if you're just starting out and do n't have a green thumb! Combine this with our cork pot and growing mint has never been easier!
5 to 10 days later you should be able to see your seeds germinate. The time it takes to germinate will depend on the amount of sun, temperature and water the seeds have received. Don't be in a hurry, it takes time! Just make sure the soil stays moist and you have enough light coming through.
How to grow your plant?
It is important to water your plants well to maintain fresh soil, so water as soon as the soil is dry . When the plant is still at the beginning of its growth, it will be necessary to give water to the plant more regularly, without either drowning it because the plants are not fish! Thereafter, a moderate watering every couple of days should be enough to keep your plant hydrated . Every year, you will have to repot your mint and at the same time check the good health of the roots. It will be necessary either to repot in a larger pot or to cut the roots of 5cm and each time to replace the compost well.
As a general rule, water your mint plant as soon as the soil is dry to keep it moist. Water it about twice a week. The water must pour at the foot of the plant and not the leaves or the stem! By aiming directly at the soil, the roots will be able to properly absorb the water.
If you're growing multiple plants in a single pot, be sure to get your plants breathing well when they're at the stage of about two pairs of leaves. This means spacing the mint plants at least 15cm apart to allow them enough room to grow properly. To space the plants, you will have to uproot one very carefully and decide whether to replant it further in the pot if space permits or place it in another pot directly.
Once your mint plant has three pairs of leaves and is about 15cm tall, you can start pruning it. To do this, aim for the top of the plant with sharp scissors. Pruning the plant helps promote the growth of mint leaves. It is an action that you can repeat every two weeks.
If your mint plant is wilting and seems to have a little softness, it is often because the plant lacks water and needs to be watered. Do not water too much at once , it should not be drowned in addition. Wait until the water you just poured is absorbed before watering more. Place the plant in the shade for a while and remove the dead leaves to allow the plant to start on a healthy footing.
How to harvest mint?
You can either cut the stems or pick the leaves directly . We advise you not to pick more than a third of the mint leaves at one time. If you decide to cut the stems, it is also advisable not to cut the plant too short so as not to slow down regrowth. It is best to harvest according to your needs, aromatic herbs grow quickly, which should allow you to always have some available. Harvesting the sprouts as you go also helps retain all the flavor and fragrance, which isn't always the case when storing them!
You now know everything about mint and can benefit from beautiful harvests with ease!