When and how to plant mint in a pot?
Mint, or its scientific name " Mentha ", is an aromatic herb from the Lamiaceae family. This aromatic plant is grown throughout the year for its very fragrant and fresh flavor used in many recipes: Green Mint Liqueur , Lemon and Green Mint Madeleines , or even Green Mint Omelette .
This plant is one of the aromatic varieties of the perennial type, that is to say that you can grow it for more than one year. The mint foot has a height of 20 to 60cm and its planting is easy. You will easily recognize it by its evergreen foliage. You will also be able to appreciate its white, purple and pink flowers whose colors vary according to the variety.
There are different mints: Green Mint, "Mentha Spicata" which has a milder flavor and whose stem rises up to 30cm in height; Peppermint "Mentha Piperita" which is spicier and has darker foliage; or the Moroccan Mint, "Mentha spicata Nanah", widely used in tea.
When to plant mint?
What season for planting mints?
Outdoors, these aromatic plants are grown in spring , from March, but they can be grown indoors in any season . Indeed, you can keep your young plants warm, under a bell or in a mini-greenhouse. The roots will then have time to develop before they can be transplanted.
The leaves will grow throughout the year and the flowers will appear in the summer flowering period.
Why plant mint in pots?
Planting mint in your indoor garden is a great way to enjoy planting all year round. For this, you can grow it in a house or an apartment, on your balcony in a planter, or in your living room and kitchen in a pot or in a vegetable patch.
The pot is an excellent choice for Mint because it takes up little space and offers a wide choice of possibilities. Indeed, there is more than one type of pot, each with respective advantages. If you're short on space, you can even opt for a hanging pot or planter.
In the case of mint, it is an aromatic plant that takes up space and can become invasive. The pot will therefore prevent the Mint from becoming too invasive , while if you plant this variety in your garden or vegetable patch it may take over your other plants. It will be necessary to provide a depth of at least 30cm so that the roots of the plant can grow. Indeed, the larger your pots, the more the roots will develop and the more the Mint plant will grow.
Advantages and disadvantages of pot culture
Your indoor plants will require less maintenance because weeding the soil will be easier compared to garden soil. However, it will need to be watered more frequently.
On the other hand, planting indoors will allow you to place your pot or your planter directly in the kitchen to be able to harvest according to your needs. Your plants will also be more protected from bad weather and cold.
How to plant mint in a pot?
Preparing to sow the mints
Choice of seeds
The choice of seeds is important because it determines the growth capacities of your plant as well as the quality of your fruits, vegetables and aromatic herbs. URBAN CUISINE recommends seeds with the "Organic Farming" label . This type of seed is certified organic, is more resistant, and allows for long-term cultivation.
Choice of land
Mint is easy to care for. However, for the plants to grow, they will need cool, nutrient-rich soil that is always moist but well-drained.
Choice of location
Mint tolerates the sun well provided the soil is moist, but it can also be placed in partial shade.
With which varieties of plants to grow mint?
Mint is an invasive plant. Its roots scatter quickly to give new feet. To do this, avoid growing Mint with other varieties.
You can, however, combine different mints to enjoy from the mildest flavors to the strongest flavors.
Sowing in 6 steps
1) Arrange a layer of clay pebbles at the bottom of the pot
2) Add potting soil. You can mix it with sand for better drainage to avoid excess water
3) Sow the seeds in the soil you have just prepared
4) Cover with a thin layer of potting soil
5) Firm the soil
6) Water the soil
You can also plant Spearmint simply thanks to the URBAN CUISINE Cork Pot, which includes a 3-in-1 Cultivation Plug: a soil perfectly adapted to indoor cultivation, optimized nutrients for the growth of your plant and French seeds and labeled "Organic Agriculture".
6 steps to plant mint by cuttings
1) Pour a layer of clay pebbles into a container, then potting soil
2) Take mint stalks
3) Dig a hole in the dirt you prepared
4) Plant the mint stalks in the holes
5) Water the soil
6) Cover with stretch film to accelerate root growth
Mint will especially need water after sowing so that the seeds can germinate. Once this step is over, it will have to be watered so as to keep the soil constantly moist while avoiding an excess of water which could damage the roots.
Trimming to 20cm to stimulate growth is a way to get fresh leaves all year round. Indeed, this will allow the foliage to renew itself so that your harvest will be even better.
Harvest potted mint
3 steps from harvest to storage
- Cut the mint stalks using pruning shears
- During the flowering period, cut the stems that have flowers, they are also edible
- Store your leaves in the fridge or freezer
You can also dry the leaves , but they will lose some of their flavor. By freezing them, the taste of the mint will remain intact and you will be able to keep your harvest for a long time.
Find out how to properly store your aromatic herbs with the articles: " How to properly freeze your aromatic herbs? " and " How to store your aromatic herbs? ".
Grow mint with URBAN CUISINE products
URBAN CUISINE offers you easy gardening to maintain your mint plantation and many other varieties: fruits, vegetables, and aromatic herbs.
For this, we have designed Organic Cultivation Clods, including Green Mint. The product comes all in one, no need to add compost or potting soil. You just have to install the Motte de Culture in your pot, then water. These Clods already contain all the necessary nutrients for the growth of your mint plant and the soil is compacted so that your gardening experience is simple and optimal.
To diversify your planting, you can plant your Mint plant in a Balcony box with Grand Vert Basil or even in the Connected Indoor Vegetable Garden. This vegetable garden will allow you to grow 16 plants simultaneously in your indoor garden from spring to winter. This is possible thanks to the system of LED lamps which reproduce sunlight 18 hours a day as well as by the automation of watering, humidity and ventilation.
For more information on caring for your varieties, see the blog articles: " Spearmint: our care tips ", " How and when to pick mint in pots? " and many more.