Mint is one of the easiest plants to grow from cuttings & requires little care. In this post, we learn how to grow Mint from Cuttings!
Propagation from cuttings is the easiest way to make more plants from the single parent Plant. Not all plants grow from cuttings; luckily, mint is among the list of plants that you can grow from cuttings. Mint is one of the most widely recognized herbs, including spearmint, peppermint, and other 15-20 plant species. Having a fresh supply of this herb at hand is a boon as you can use this herb in many dishes and infusions. Without further ado, here is all you need to know about growing mint from cuttings.
How to Propagate Mint from Cuttings
There are two ways in which you can propagate mint from cuttings depending on the medium of propagation. You can either propagate the mint in water or soil. Also, you can root the mint cutting in water and later transplant it in the potting mix. The ideal time to take the cutting is in the late spring or early summer as the mint herb is at the peak of the growing phase in this period.
Below we mention both the ways in step by step manner to Propagate mint herb from cutting!
Grow Mint Cuttings in Soil
- Take the cutting from the healthy part of the stem just above the node around 3-5 inches in length.
- Use a sharp pair of scissors or pruning shear to take the cutting, making sure that the tool is sterilized.
- Remove the leaves from the bottom half of the cutting to redirect the plants’ energy towards rooting.
- Take a pot and fill it with a commercial potting mix that’s well-draining and rich in organic matter. The pot must have drainage holes at the bottom.
- An optional step is to dip the end of cutting in a rooting hormone before planting, but as mint cutting root easily, you can skip this step.
- Poke a hole in the potting mix with the pinky finger or any other object and plant the cutting in this hole. Gently pat around the base of the cutting.
- If the container is wide enough, you can plant multiple cutting in the same pot with 4-5 cm space between subsequent cuttings.
- Locate the pot at a spot where it receives indirect sunlight and keep the soil moderately moist till you see new growth.
- Once the cuttings are well established, you can transplant each cutting into a separate container, backyard or continue growing them in the same container.
Grow Mint Cuttings in Water
- Take a clean and sterilized vase or jar and fill water in it to a depth of around an inch.
- Take the cutting from the mint plant in the same manner as mentioned above.
- Place the cutting in the jar in a manner that it’s upright with the rooting end in water.
- Replace the water once a week or when it starts to appear brackish.
- The roots will start to form within a week, and once they are around an inch long, you can transplant them to a pot filled with potting mix.
Also checkout out our list of other herbs that grow in water without diffculty!
That’s it, so now you know how easy it is to propagate mint from cutting. Let us know in the comments if you have any queries or suggestions!