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Mint Growing: Your Essential Guide

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How to Grow Mint Outdoors

If you are looking to add a burst of flavor to your gardens, mint growing is an excellent way to do so. Mint is a vigorous herb that thrives in sun and shade and requires little effort or maintenance to grow.

From planting tips to harvesting advice, this guide has everything you need to know about growing mint in your garden.

Mint is another hardy herb that grows best in the tropics. It prefers warm temperatures, moist soil, and plenty of sunlight. When planting mint, make sure to give it enough room to spread out.

You can easily propagate mint by taking a cutting and planting it in new soil. Use a pair of scissors to cut off around 6-8 inches of stem carefully and transplant it into your garden or pot. This easy-to-grow herb can be used in salads, teas, and many other dishes!

How to Grow Mint from Guttings

Time needed: 3 minutes

How to grow mint from cuttings.

  1. Obtain cutting.

    Prune off vigorous new shoots and put in a glass of water on a sunny windowsill to quickly develop roots.

  2. Plant Cutting

    Cut off shoots that have started sprouting and put these in pots of quality potting mix. Lift and cut runners into sections that contain at least a few nodes. Put these in quality potting mix and keep moist.

  3. Mulch

    Mulch around your mint with lucerne or pea straw.

Choose the Right Spot for Growing Mint

As with other plants in your garden, mint needs the right environment to grow. Select a spot for your mint that gets at least 6 hours of sun in the summer and partial shade in the winter.

Mint does well under trees, as well as along fences and borders. When planting, allow your plants enough room to spread out and don’t overcrowd them too much as this will cause them to compete for water and nutrients.

How long does mint take to grow?

It takes mint 90 days to reach maturity.

How to grow mint indoors

To ensure full and flavourful mint leaves, give your plants plenty of sunlight. So consider a windowsill or a bench that gets heaps of sun. Mint loves the sun and will produce higher yields with six or more hours of direct sunlight each day.

Keep the soil moist but not overly wet and be sure not to let it dry out too much. If you live in a warmer climate, you may need to water up to twice daily.

Mint Growing in Pots

Mint is a hardy plant, but it still needs well-draining soil to thrive. Choose a spot in your garden that gets plenty of sun and add several inches of organic material such as compost or aged manure before planting.

This will not only provide essential nutrients to the soil but help keep it from compacting and draining too slowly. It’s also important to make sure your garden bed has good drainage in order to prevent standing water around the plants, which can lead to root rot.

mint growing in pots
Mint Growing in Pots

Ward off Pests with Effective Control Strategies.

When growing mint in your garden, be sure to plan ahead and prepare effective control strategies from the start. Mint is usually resistant to most common garden pests and diseases.

However, if left unchecked, some insects or fungi may become a problem. Consider using organic pest controls such as companion planting or using natural predators to keep your mint safe from harm.

Prune to Encourage Healthy Mint Growing

Pruning mint regularly is essential for healthy growth and to prevent it from taking over your garden. Pinch or trim off the tips of the stems when they have 4-6 sets of leaves and your plant will come back fuller, bushier, and fresher than before.

Make sure to be consistent with pruning as it encourages the growth of new shoots, improving the overall health of your mint plants.

Health Benefits

Mint plants have been used throughout history for medicinal purposes. These uses include helping with gut health, reducing allergy symptoms and soothing symptoms of the common cold.


In addition mint is a potent source of antioxidants (compared to other herbs and spices). These antioxidants help protect your body from oxidative stress, a type of damage to cells caused by free radicals.

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