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The Mints

We bought two mint plants in late spring, which I replanted in some pots rather than planting in the herb garden.  I read that mints are very aggressive plants that spread quickly.  We’ve since learned how true that is.  The mints thrived over the summer – as long as we kept them moist at all times.  The peppermint and spearmint both send “runners” over the side of the pot, searching for new dirt to root into.  I trim them every couple of weeks as well, using the cuttings to create clones.

A spearmint runner ...

A spearmint runner ...

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Mint plants are extremely easy to make clones of.  All you do is snip off a runner, trim off some of the smaller leaves and put the cutting in some water on a sunny windowsill.  It takes several days – I often leave mine for a couple of weeks – for the small roots to form in the water.  After the trimming has a good bunch of roots, I take the clone and plant it with some potting mix and worm castings in a paper pot.  I let the plants sit on the same windowsill for a couple more weeks as they root and begin to grow, then I move them outside gradually.  I obviously don’t have need for lots of mint plants, so I’ve been giving them away.
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Making a peppermint cutting.

Making a peppermint cutting.

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Place the cutting in a jar of water and sit on a sunny windowsill.

Place the cutting in a jar of water and sit on a sunny windowsill.

peppermint cuttings with water roots

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Potted clones after two weeks.

Potted clones after two weeks.

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Comments on: "The Mints" (2)

  1. Thank you for the tips on cloning mint. Nice photos of plants (love the window shot). What a great blog!

    • roundrockgarden said:

      The spearmint definitely clones easier than the peppermint for some reason. Out of several attempts, I’ve only gotten a couple of the peppermints to actually produce strong plants. The spearmint is a different story altogether!

      (Update 9/22 – I found that the peppermint likes to be planted in Jiffy Mix first to allow it to become established before I move it to dirt. It takes several weeks to really start producing more leaves. The spearmint I have no problem moving directly into potting mix from water.)

      Thanks for reading, Lynn.

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