2018 UPDATE – HYDROPONIC MINT
Many herbs can be propagated this way.
First, cut a stem from a plant or use any stem from the market with lower leaves removed.
Stick the stem cutting in water until roots appeared.
Water need to be changed when it became murky and for best result, they root better in bright area.
In normal pots, mint roots often get tightly coiled around the sides and as this progressed, the leaves became smaller and less healthy. The best pots should be where the roots have space or can extend outside, thus aeration or fabric pots work better.
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Bury the roots in soil until more young leaves appeared.
To allow the newly propagated mint plant to thrive, cut away the older stem at the top of the plant.
In 2017 our mint plant was still thriving. Their scent is heavenly, grown in our own made compost, and zero commercial fertilizers and pesticide. Visitors are often offered cutting from this plant. Herbs are best harvested often to keep them young.
We continue to grow mint outdoors to share with neighbors.
Woody stems mean the plants have gotten old. The fragrance and taste of its leaves will wane as the plant aged.
In the following video, our green pot’s mint plant had grown old, BUT we can renew the plant by propagating the stems! 🙂
Summer will show how to do this –
See how simple it is to propagate an old mint plant? There is no need to add commercial fertilizer to renew our herbs at home.
My daughter harvests home grown mint straight from our plants for tea whenever there are tons of homework from school. 🙂
Our mint plants are grown without commercial fertilizer and pesticide, and they taste and smell amazing.
Member Jason Ng shared his recipe for a chill out any time mojito , a non alcoholic option is available.
Jason Ng’s recipe for Non alcoholic Mojito :
1.Mint leaves (muddle in the cup with little sprite 1st, leave it for 5mins)
2. Big lime
3. Lemon grass ( use the stalk, smashed to release fragrance)
4. Sprite (softdrink)
5. Sugar (optional)
6. Vodka (Optional)
7. Add ice
Thank you, Jason!!!!
GROW MINT IN LIQUID
In 2018, we learned how to grow in non-circulating hydroponic (KRATKY method) after rooting cuttings in water. This method allowed us to grow more in limited spaces as each pot is considerably lighter than soil based plants. Mint in particular, seem to thrive in liquid than soil.
Rooting in net-cup will encourage “tidier” roots mass.
Growing mint in liquid base allowed us to observe how aggressive the roots developed. In a matter of weeks, the above cutting grew rapidly.
In addition to the aggressive growth of the main roots mass, there were also runners and off shoots from the roots itself !
No wonder this plant is known to be “invasive” and in soil, mint had often showed roots bound problem. When this happened, we typically had to remove the plant from the pot and loosen the roots mass or re-pot in bigger pots. Because of its invasive nature, it is best not to grow mint outside of a pot as it would soon overwhelmed the whole garden!
In liquid base, I’d remove such plantlets from the roots end. Left alone, they grew aggressively above the liquid base and we need to refill nutrients every day in our small KRATKY containers.
Whether soil or liquid based, we pruned our leaves hard to keep renewing the plants’ energy. Too much leaves left unharvested can attract leaf sappers and turned most herbs old.
Thus, do grow to use! Enjoy them in infused tea, just the thing for a relaxing cuppa!
My daughter continue to enjoy her fresh mint tea and natural scent in bedroom. They don’t get fresher than mommy’s home grown mint!