Mint is one of the most popular culinary herbs. Mint is one of the herbs that can be grown easily indoors.
Growing Mint in Water
You can also grow mint in water. You need to take tip cuttings of about five to six inches long from an existing mint. Cut off the bottom leaves from the cutting and put them into a container filled with water. Ensure the jar stays in a cool place with plenty of light but not direct sunlight. Keep changing the water frequently. Mint will develop more leaves and last for some time. You can also plant these cuttings in soil.
Mint can tolerate light shade when growing outdoors, but it requires at least 4 hours of direct sun to grow well. It's best to choose a spot near an open window or door, so it gets good air circulation and sunlight. It would be ideal if you could put it on a windowsill or balcony.
Mint loves moderate weather conditions. It should be kept away from cold air. If living in a warm tropical climate, keep it from harsh sunlight.
A quality soil mixture for growing mint indoors is one that is light and fertile. It can be made at home, too.
You can use potting media containing 4-6 parts peat moss, 1 part perlite, and 1 part vermiculite.
To make your plants grow faster and healthier, they must receive enough water. Mint prefers moist soil but not soggy soil.
You cause organic manure or all-purpose fertilizer. However, too much fertilizer can reduce the flavor of the herb.
To encourage plants to grow more leaves and develop into bushy shrubs, pinch off their tips regularly. Also, prune off any long, lanky, and dried-out shoots regularly to maintain the overall growth of the shrub.
Harvesting mint is easy. You can pick the sprigs whenever you want. Remove the flower buds once you see them.
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Dr. Vandana K.