Welcome to this post about how to grow mint from cuttings. Mint is one of the best herbs out there to take cuttings from and propagate into new plants. It’s a fast growing one so you will see results soon. But there are of course some stuff that are good to keep in mind when taking cuttings. it could be the way you cut them, how you treat them afterwards or the best climate for them.
If you want to read a complete and comprehensive guide to growing mint, then we put together a guide here for you. You can find it here, How To Grow And Care For Mint.
How To Grow Mint From Cuttings
Growing mint from cuttings can be done in relatively few steps actually. The first is that you need to cut off the stem from an already existing plant. This stem is what will continue growing and one day be as large as the original plant. Cut a stem where you can clearly see new growths coming out. Ideally these should be located at the top part of the stem and not the lower. This is because we will rip off the leaves down here to make it easier for roots to grow.
Once you have done the steps above you can fill a glass with water, just barely an inch up will do it. This is because too much water can make the roots not grow properly. We want the roots coming out from one place only. This process will take about 2 weeks before it’s ready to be planted in soil. Now you should clearly see roots coming out.
Prepare a container or a pot with healthy soil and sow the cutting. It will quickly take place and you will see progress within the first week most likely. At this point you want to water the plant about 2 – 3 times a week. The soil should never dry out completely because that can kill the plant otherwise.
Much like growing mint from seed, you will most likely be able to take some meaningful harvest already within 90 days. So make up a plan of what you are going to do with all this newly planted mint.
Are you perhaps a bit impatient and want to know how long the mint plant will take to grow? In this article here we will discuss just that. Find it here, How Long Does Mint Take To Grow.
How Long Does It Take To Grow Mint From Cuttings
Growing mint from cuttings will go really fast. It’s a herb that can quickly propagate itself and spread to new places. That is if it’s growing on freeland. But taking a cutting and letting it sit in water for two weeks will develop a root system able to establish itself as soon as you plant it.
Because of mint growing back fast too means that you can take cuttings almost every month. You can see how this can go out of hand fast and before you know if you have more mint then would ever know what to do with it.
Once you have sown the cutting after it has been in water it will only take about 90 days before you take your first harvest. At this point it will stand tall at around 1 – 2 feet tall. The biggest advantage of taking cuttings and growing them is that you can skip some of the first few weeks of germination that the seeds do. Resulting in more mint in a shorter amount of time.
It can be hard knowing when the best time of the year is to start growing mint. In this article here will discuss just that. Find it here, When To Plant Mint.
How To Grow Mint From Cuttings In Water
Growing mint from cuttings is like we have said before in this article the best way of propagating more mint. But doing it in water will ensure that you don’t run the risk of bad root development. It can be annoying to plant a cutting to only have it not root. But since we grow it in water we can clearly see if it will be ready to grow in soil or not.
Once you have taken a cutting you need to clear it from the leaves in the bottom. This is to make it easier for it to develop roots. Then you will leave it in a glass of water filled about one inch. This is enough to sustain it for a couple of days. Then you need to refill it to the same level. Mint likes water so don’t be surprised by the amount it takes up.
Here it will stay for about 2 weeks before it’s ready to be planted in a pot. We also recommend you keep it in a window where the sun shines a lot. This will make it grow even faster. We say that growing any herb indoors will require about 10 hours of sunlight to be equal to the same 6 – 8 hours needed when outside.
The fascinating thing with mint is the rapid growth. After you have taken your cutting it will only take a mere 90 days for it to be able to harvest from.
Have you heard about people growing mint in water for a very long time? In this article we cover this phenomena and go more in depth. Find it here, Can Mint Grow In Water Forever?
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