Mint, this aromatic plant with its thousand uses and benefits enjoys great popularity in the kitchen and elsewhere! Its freshness and intense flavor make it one of the most used herbs in winter, but especially in summer! Mint accompanies our salads, our hot dishes, our desserts and even our drinks! Not to mention the famous green mint tea, delicious with a good aroma content! In addition, mint is also useful at home to perfume or clean our interior! We use it so often that it would be interesting to grow it at home, right? That way, when you need it, all you have to do is bend down to pick some really fresh sprigs! How does it go on? It’s very simple! All you need to do is find the right place and follow a few simple guidelines!

What is mint and what are its benefits?

Mint is an ornamental plant and a spice with many properties and benefits! It consists of menthol and is also rich in vitamin C and minerals, including iron and magnesium. Tonic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, healing and antioxidant – mint is just great! Brilliant for our skin, for our hair, for our digestive system, for our breath and of course for our Virgin Mojito!

And if today we show you how to plant it at home, it’s because it’s very useful to have some on hand! In fact, mint not only promotes digestion and eliminates bad breath, but also has antibacterial properties and also affects the respiratory system. So, grow it in pots or in your garden by following our instructions!

Planting mint: How to grow mint quickly?

As we explained to you above, planting mint is a breeze. Just find the perfect spot for your planting and you’re done! What do you want this place to be like? Rich in nutrients, of course! This is where mint grows, thrives, and grows healthy!

Mint varieties

Before you start planting, be aware that there are a variety of mints, including spearmint, water mint, peppermint, pennyroyal, field mint, round-leaved mint … It’s up to you. Choose which mint you want to see blooming in your garden!

Pot mint

If you want to plant mint plants in pots to place them on your balcony or windowsill, you will need the following:

  • Take a vase of at least 18 inches;
  • Take your cutting, put it in water and wait a few weeks until roots form on the stem.
  • Then plant it in a pot in the ground;
  • Remember to choose a nutrient-rich soil to get a good result!
  • Mint in the garden

On the other hand, if you have a garden and have room for a new plant! This is the perfect opportunity!

  • Choose a corner large enough;
  • Enrich your soil;
  • Plant from seeds or cuttings.

When to plant mint in the ground?

In order for your mint to bloom and give you a good harvest, we recommend that you always plant it in the spring when temperatures are warmer.

Mint Care

So now that you have your mint pot or small planting in the garden, you’ll have to be patient until you see your plant germinate! Remember to keep the soil moist at all times! Young plants can dry out quickly and die! And then feed your mint maximum fertilizer to stimulate its growth! You can opt for natural fertilizers such as vegetable cooking water, coffee grounds, eggshells or milk. And one more small important point: cover your plants with tarps on cold and rainy days when they are outdoors.

Where to plant mint, in the shade or in the sun?

Mint is both cold and heat tolerant and is a hardy and very fickle plant. However, it prefers to be planted in partial shade. Avoid the sun! It will be worth growing and increasing its water requirements!  But if you have no other choice and your plant is exposed to full sun, don’t panic! Mint can withstand it! However, make sure the soil is always cool.

How to cut and prune mint leaves?

It’s okay, after a little effort and some love and care, your plant is ready for pruning! Are you proud of yourself and can’t wait to use your mint in the kitchen? You are right, because you will enjoy it! We’ll explain how to proceed so as not to harm your plants and let your harvest thrive for as long as possible!

  • Prune the plant regularly. Mint matures after about 3 months. Once the plants reach a size between 8 and 10 inches, you can start harvesting;
  • Pick the mint in the morning, before the sun spoils the aromatic quality of the leaves;
  • Aim a sharp pair of scissors at the top of the plant.
  • Select the largest leaves by cutting off the entire stem.
  • This will encourage the growth of new shoots.

If you prune your mint regularly, it will become bushier and leatherier. In addition, this way you will always have fresh leaves on hand for your various uses!