How to Grow Mint In a Pot
Have you ever considered starting your own tiny kitchen garden? What about starting with a tiny pot of mint on your kitchen counter? Don't know how to do so? This article will show you how to grow mint in a pot in the easiest way possible.
Any variety of mint could be grown in a pot. All mint plants—spearmint, sweet mint, peppermint, and chocolate mint—grow quickly and spread widely. Let's review the materials list before we show you the step-by-step guide on growing mint in a pot.
Things You Will Need
- Mint plant
- A pot
- Wooden dowels
- Clear glass
- Gritty compost
Step-by-Step Guide on How to Grow Mint in a Pot
Step 1: Choose the Type of Mint You Want to Grow
Choosing the type of mint plant totally depends on your own preferences. If you are into something for tea, you can have peppermint or lemon mint plant. Besides that, you can also go for spearmint or pineapple mint if you are not into something with a strong smell.
You can also opt for apple mint, which has a more subtle flavor with a hint of apple. You can also use apple mint to make fresh salads or green drinks.
Step 2: Get a Mint Seedling
You can either get a mint seeding from your local garden supply store or harvest an existing mint plant using a cut from a mature mint plant. Fill in a glass with water and place the freshly cut mint here.
Keep the glass warm and sunny so the mint twig will grow out new roots. Make sure to fill in the glass with water from time to time. When the new roots are several inches long and extend to the bottom of the glass, it is ready to plant in a pot.
Step 3: Get a Suitable Pot
Getting a suitable pot for your mint plant is totally your own choice. Mint plants are known to grow better in well-drained soil. Because of this reason, go for a pot that has a drainage hole at the bottom. Our ceramic pots at Switchapot come with a plastic insert pot to help with drainage!
A rule of thumb is to look for a pot with a minimum diameter of 12 inches (30.5 cm). A mint plant needs lots of room to grow, so do not go for something compact or tiny.
Step 4: Plant Mint in a Pot
Get coarse compost from a nearby gardening supply store. Additionally, you can also try mixing up potting soil and rich compost. For maximum growth, mint plants require rich and well-drained soil.
Ensure that the compost and potting soil are filled to the bottom of the pot. Next, in the pot, place your mint cutting or seedling. If the roots are too long for the pot, bend them.
Using potting soil, cover the mint's surroundings. The soil should be enough to have the mint plant stand alone. Lastly, to support the plant, you can insert wooden dowels next to it. Once the plant is booming, you can remove these dowels.
Step 5: Aftercare
The aftercare of a mint plant involves watering it regularly. For the first year, the plant must not be left dry and should be watered enough to have its roots drenched in water.
Hopefully, our step-by-step guide on how to grow mint in a pot has helped you, and you are all ready to grow your own mint plant. No matter what kind of mint plant you grow, make sure you water it regularly and plant it in a spacious pot. Best of luck!