How to Start your Mint Seeds

We'll share some tips so you can start your mint off with success!
How to Start your Mint Seeds

When starting mint, you can either start it from seeds or from a cutting off an existing plant. Either way, we're here to share the ideal growing conditions of mint, and how you can get your own started! 


Mints are extremely hardy perennials. They prefer a spot that gets full sun, but will also tolerate some light shade. For specific cultivars or varieties, you can buy established plants from a garden center. Once you pick up that established plant, you can then take cuttings from it or divide into smaller plants. Just be sure to divide and replant in the spring before it starts to grow, or else early in the fall.


SEED SOWING

Sow your mint seeds a quarter-inch deep, planting 2-3 seeds in each container to make sure they germinate. Later, you can thin out the extra plants once they start growing. Keep your soil moist and maintain temperatures near 70°F until your mint seeds germinate - which usually takes about 7-10 days.


MINT CUTTINGS

Method 1 – Cut the mint stem just below a node, which is where a leaf grows. Next, you’ll want to remove all but the top leaves and then stick a few cuttings into a small pot with moist soil. Make sure to keep it out of direct sunlight for about a week, to give it time to root and adjust to its new environment. As your mint plants grow, replant them into a larger pot or into the ground, spacing them about 12 inches apart to give them ample space to spread and grow. In general, transplants should be planted with their roots just beneath the soil surface.
Method 2 – Cut the mint stem just below a node, remove all but the top leaves, then stick a few cuttings into a glass jar with about one inch of water. Keep your cutting away from direct sunlight and change the water every day. In about a week, roots will start growing! You’ll then want to replant your mint in a small pot with moist soil. As they grow, replant your mints into a larger pot or into the ground, spacing them about 12 inches apart to give them ample space to spread and grow. Transplants should then be planted with their roots just beneath the soil surface.

 


 Whichever way you decide to start your mint, you'll be rewarded with a delicious and fragrant herb either way!


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