How to Propagate Mint Plant

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.

Grow mint from cutting in Singapore

Mint cutting rooting in water

How to root mint and other herbs

This method worked for most herbs, including basil, sage, rosemary, thyme etc. The more roots showed, the healthier plants grew.

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.

BEST HERBS POT IN OUR TROPICAL HEAT

Bury the roots in soil until more young leaves appeared.

How to grow mint from cutting

Plant mint cutting in soil when many roots appeared in water

To allow the newly propagated mint plant to thrive, cut away the older stem at the top of the plant.

How to renew mint plant from propagation

Mint Propagation -New young leaves will grow after the older stem is cut

How to grow young mint plant

This is how we re-new an old woody mint into new mint plant, as more young leaves grew.

How to grow mint from cuttings

2015 September 16

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.

Propagate mint from cutting

November 03 2016

We continue to grow mint outdoors to share with neighbors.

Propagate MINT from cutting

2018 September 19

Woody stems mean the plants have gotten old. The fragrance and taste of its leaves will wane as the plant aged.

How to grow mint from propagation

Harvest often to grow young leaves, else it will get old like this plant! Then we have to propagate these woody stems again (Watch the video!)

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.

How to propagate mint plant

The almost dead plant in our video returned to health after pruning and repotting! (July 2016)

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.

How to brew home grown fresh mint for tea

A cup of home grown mint tea while studying

Member Jason Ng shared his recipe for a chill out any time mojito , a non alcoholic option is available.

Recipe for mint mojito

Jan 12 2016 – Mojito has become my all time favorite drink after gardening in the sun !

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.

Propagate MINT from cutting

2018 September 1

Grow mint well in pots

2018 October 28 – Roots

Growing mint in liquid base allowed us to observe how aggressive the roots developed. In a matter of weeks, the above cutting grew rapidly.

Propagate MINT from cutting

2018 September 14

Propagate MINT from cutting

2018 Sept 30

Propagate MINT from cutting

Invasive Roots

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!

How to propagate mint from cutting

Messy roots

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.

How to propagate mint from cutting

Hard Pruning

Thus, do grow to use! Enjoy them in infused tea, just the thing for a relaxing cuppa!

Herbs from cutting

2018 December 7

How to propagate mint from cutting

Thyme & Mint Tea

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!

Grow mint from cutting in Singapore

Our fresh Mint harvest

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3 thoughts on “How to Propagate Mint Plant

  1. Hi, ive bought mint plant at least 3 times. All died 🙁 i read online that they dont need sunlight and to be watered twice daily. Am i doing it right?

    • After bringing plants home from stores, its best to check the soil its grown in. Are the soil pests free? Is the soil already wet? Mint thrive better in sun and generally love moisture, but not one rule fit all growing environment. Next time, you might want to consider propagating mint from stem cutting instead, I think if you prepare the soil yourself by buying good organic soil/compost from the start, it will grow better. Also, do remember to harvest often, to encourage new shoots, else it turned woody and die fast too.

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