How Fast Do Mint Plants Grow

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How Fast Do Mint Plants Grow

Welcome to this post about how fast mint plants grow. The short answer is very quick actually. If you sow a seed of mint you can actually expect to make a pretty large harvest just 90 days afterwards. Mint is one of the quickest growing culinary herbs we have.

This is probably why it’s so popular to grow, because you can see the progress almost day to day. But there are a few things you need to make sure you have covered if you want to grow this herb successfully. Follow along and we will discuss them.

If you want to learn even more about growing mint, especially how long you can expect it to take and some other tips then we wrote an entire article dedicated to that. You can find it here, How Long Does Mint Take To Grow.

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How Fast Do Mint Plants Grow

We mentioned it in the beginning of this article a bit already, mint takes about 3 months to grow properly. At this stage it will be between 1 – 2 feet tall. So you need to get ready then to harvest when it reaches this point. Mint is thankfully a very hardy plant when it comes to cutting and harvesting from it. So don’t be afraid to take almost a third of it.

If you are curious about how long it will take until you first see a seedling after sowing then you will need to wait about 2 weeks. This is the time it takes for the seed to germinate completely. It will start developing a root system and the first sprout will come above the surface of the soil.

But we mentioned that there are some things that are very important for making sure you have the best possible environment and climate for your mint. Otherwise these types of timelines will not hold up and they might be delayed. One of the most important factors for good growth is access to the sun. If you choose to grow your mint indoors then you need to let it get at least 10 hours of sunlight each day.

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If you keep it outside then this number goes down to somewhere around 6 – 8 hours instead. If it gets less then this it will still grow, but it will be a lot less bushy. We want it to develop a lot of offshoots instead of being one long stalk.

Mint usually takes a pretty short time to sprout, but if you are feeling it takes too long you can read this article here, How Long Does Mint Take To Sprout?

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How Can I Make My Mint Grow Faster?

One of the best ways to have a fast growing mint is the soil condition. We want a healthy soil so you need to make sure you use fertilizers every 3 months or so. That’s about the amount we recommend here. It will help kickboost growth in the start of the season and make sure you have a healthy plant at the end of it.

Watering the mint plant properly is also very important. Mint is a herb that does not like when the soil completely dries out as it will just die off then eventually. Instead you want to keep the soil damp or wet at all times. We also recommend that you grow the mint in a pot that has holes in the bottom. Since we might be watering the plant a bit we want the excess water to drain out and not pool in the soil.

To reiterate a bit again on the topic, mint will take about 3 months for the first harvest. But you should be able to see the first sprouts above the soil within just a few weeks.

Are mint plants starting to appear in different places in your garden? Some mint plants do spread pretty easily. Here we discuss those ones, Does All Mint Spread?

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