Have you thought of growing mint indoors from seed? Most people think of mint being used only in cooking, but it has many other uses and pleasures. If you’re the sort of person who likes to learn new things and enjoy experimenting, growing mint indoors from seed may be just what you’re looking for. You’ll need a sunny window space, pots (at least six), a good soil, potting soil mix and some mint candies.
The first step is to identify and purchase your seeds. There are various sources on-line where you can buy seeds. Amazon also has some excellent quality varieties. Look out for small black plastic packages or boxes, these are ideal for growing mint as they protect the seeds from the weather.
You should keep the plant growing well in a warm and moist environment, but not too much, as the seeds may dry out. It’s best if you plant the seeds in an area that gets at least six hours of light each day. Sunlight is very important for growing anything, so try to get as much as you can, even if it’s a little over the recommended daily quota. Watering is another issue: do not water the plant dry, always water it when it appears to get too wet.
Once you have the plant established, you can start to look at growing mint from cuttings. A growing mint from cuttings is just like planting it from seed, only it will be smaller. Cuttings are perfect for beginners, they are easier to manage and there’s usually no fear of weeds growing. Cuttings are great because you can basically use any variety you like. Don’t forget that the best time to plant these is just before spring.
Once the plant starts to grow, it will spread quite rapidly. The problem you might run into if you are growing mint indoors from seed is the fact that they don’t have much of a defense system against common pest attacks. But that’s a small price to pay for all that good taste and beautiful flowers. Misting can help you to keep the plant healthy and it’s important to provide sufficient drainage, so that excess water can evaporate quickly. The other problems you might encounter when growing mint from cuttings is that the plant can become infected with a fungus or bacteria. To avoid this, try not to over-water the plant and try to keep it as dry as possible.
In growing mint indoors from seed, the best way to ensure success is to follow a carefully planned procedure. Make sure you follow the directions completely and take your time. Most people who have the seeds will select a plant it in their garden. You shouldn’t do this. Instead, select one variety and start planting it.
Get information on the different varieties available before you choose a plant. The most important consideration when growing mint from cuttings is making sure the area has good drainage. Mint grows very well in rich soil with an adequate amount of light. If you are growing mint from cuttings you want to put something down to break up the soil so the roots can get the light they need. Don’t rely solely on planting because the roots won’t get the nutrition they need.
Mint can be tricky to grow. The best way to get it to grow well is to start with a nice tall plant that gets lots of sun and then work your way down. Make sure you water your new plants very well once they arrive in the home. If you follow the proper steps when growing mint indoors from seed, you should end up with a beautiful and easy plant to enjoy.