How to make a mint cutting?

Mint, or its scientific name "Mentha", is an aromatic plant extremely appreciated for its fresh and fragrant taste . It is also a very easy variety to grow , both in the garden and indoors: in pots, in the vegetable patch or in a planter, which makes it ideal for beginners in gardening.
You can combine several varieties of mint to enjoy both a sweet and peppery flavor: Peppermint, Lemon Mint, Green Mint or Moroccan Mint.

Mint cultivation

By sowing

Sowing consists of planting the seeds to cultivate its plants. For this, URBAN CUISINE recommends seeds labeled "Organic Farming" which are more resistant and can be grown over the long term.
You will then need to prepare your pots, your vegetable garden or your planter by installing a layer of clay balls , then potting soil . Then sow your seeds before covering them with a thin layer of soil. Finish the operation by watering lightly.

By multiplication techniques

You can also propagate your varieties using techniques such as cuttings . This works very well for growing mint, basil, rosemary or even thyme.
To take cuttings, you do not need any seeds but simply take stems from a mint plant. It will ideally be necessary to take your stems during the spring (Apr to July), before the arrival of the flowers. On this date, your plants will be more conducive to multiplying.

3 steps to harvest your cuttings:

1) Equip yourself with a pair of scissors or secateurs then choose the stems that have not yet flowered.
2) Cut to about 10cm
3) Thin out the base so the stem can focus on root formation. Leave only a few leaves on the top of the stem

cutting in water

Necessary material :

- a glass of water
- some water
- a pot or buckets
- potting soil

Once you have prepared your stalks, put them in a full glass of water . The water must cover the nodes because that is where the roots will develop best. However, the water should not cover the leaves as they may rot. Change the water every two or three days for 2 weeks.
After 15 days , you should be able to see white roots , it's a sign that it's time to plant your cuttings.
To do this, prepare the soil: a layer of clay balls with potting soil, and pour this soil into pots or the container of your choice. Make a hole in the ground, then plant the cuttings . Finish the cuttings by watering thoroughly.

Once the mint is planted, trim the top of the plant a little to stimulate growth. Once your plants have reached 10cm, you can prune the mint so that the foot is bushier.

6-Step Smothered Cutting

Necessary material

- a bell: plastic water bottle or freezer bag
- some water
- a pot or buckets
- potting soil

1) take your cuttings
2) Pour potting soil into a pot
3) Make a hole in the ground
4) Plant your stems and tamp the soil around the stem
5) Cover the jar with a freezer bag or a half-cut bottle for a bell system
6) Place the pot in the shade and air your mint plant regularly

Root cuttings in 8 steps

Necessary material

- an undrilled tray
- some water
- a pot or cups
- potting soil
- stretch film

1) Pour a layer of clay pebbles into a container, then potting soil
2) Place this container in an undrilled bin
3) Fill the tray with water to 3cm
4) Take mint stalks
5) Make a hole in the earth you have prepared
6) Plant the mint stalks in the holes
7) Water the soil
8) Cover with stretch film to accelerate root growth

transplant the mint

If you planted your cuttings in pots or in a small pot, you can replant them in a larger container , in a garden, in a pot, in a planter or in a vegetable patch. For this, you will have to prepare the soil in your container and make a hole in this soil. Then, collect the mint stalk using a large spoon without touching the roots. Plant the mint stalk in the other container, tamp the soil, then water.

If you want to start by growing a Spearmint plant, before moving on to the cuttings stages, discover our Cultivation Mound: a 3-in-1 capsule including a suitable soil inside, original seeds French and labeled Organic Agriculture and nutrients optimized for the growth of your plant. Our Motte de Culture is available in its Cork Pot, 100% French too!

You can also take cuttings from other varieties of aromatic herbs: basil, rosemary , and thyme . You can consult the URBAN CUISINE advice on the cultivation and maintenance of your varieties available on the blog articles: " How and when to pick mint in pots? ", " Cultivation of Rosemary in Pots: watering, pruning, cuttings " , " How to plant and water Thyme in a pot? " and many more.

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