Mint is a very sturdy plant and is, in fact, a weed that will, in the way of all weeds, take over your garden if you let it. For that reason, many gardeners choose to cultivate mint in a container. Like most houseplants, you will need to transplanting mint into a permanent container once you have brought it home from the nursery or store or in the instance you wish to grow bigger than the current pot will hold.
Here are some tips for transplanting mint into a container or in the garden.
Transplanting mint into a container
Most plants come in a tiny plastic container in a tray of six or eight plants that will be transplanted to wherever you wish to have them, whether in the ground or in another larger container. Unless you are using a very large container, do not overcrowd your plants. Plants need proper space to grow and spread out. If you plant them too close together, you will stunt their growth and restrict the yield.
If you decide to go the container route for your mint plant, here are some helpful tips to get you started.
- Before planting, you will need to water the mint to keep it from drying out. Do not overwater, just lightly sprinkle with a watering can for a couple of days before you want to transplant.
- Make sure your pot has a drain hole in the bottom (always a good idea for most plants) and fill halfway with all-purpose potting soil.
- Remove the plant gently by tapping on the bottom, squeezing slightly, or tearing off the thin plastic around the plant. If you are replanting from another container, hold upside down with your hand around the base of the plant and pat gently on the bottom.
- Make sure the plant is at the same depth as in the old pot and fill around the plant up to the base.
- After planting water right away, pouring until water runs out of the drainage hole to ensure the soil is properly soaked. Water when the top of the soil feels dry but do not over water.
- Place your container, whether inside or out, in a vantage point to receive morning sun and afternoon shade for best results.
Transplanting mint in the ground
Mint can be planted in the ground if there is sufficient space for it to spread out and not overgrow other plants. Be aware that mint is a weed and can easily take over your garden. If this is your desire, proceed as instructed.
- As with the mint planted into a container, water sparingly for a few days before replanting.
- Loosen the soil where you are planting with a small spade or rake, working down to a depth of around 9 inches. Remove any rocks, roots, and dirt clumps to make the soil smoother to facilitate planting.
- Do not plant where standing water gathers to avoid drowning your mint. Choose soil that drains well.
- If transplanting a larger plant, dig down four to five inches or dig in a large circle around the base. You will need to preserve as many of the roots as you can to sustain your plant in the new soil.
- Make sure the roots have room to spread out then backfill the dirt. Be careful not to plant too deep so the plant will not smother.
- Water after planting and check often. If the soil feels dry to the touch, add some water as mint doesn’t like dry soil.
Growing your own foods and herbs is not only very satisfying, but also a great way to control the quality of the foodstuff, making sure you give your family only the best.
Did you know that mint has many health benefits? Check out this article to learn more about them.
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