All About Growing Mint

[music] So when trying to grow mint You will see that there are a lot of common varieties of mint That are available for you to purchase at your garden store So let’s review some of these varieties
sweet mint is the most common type of mint that you can find It’s got large leaves and is pretty much an all-around versatile mint Then you have spearmint which is used for a lot of recipes that you would see
You have peppermint which can be used to prepare peppermint teas and a lot of other drinks and then you
have the flavored mint which are very special varieties of mints like chocolate mint are pineapple mint which can add minty flavors to a lot of things
Now here’s a little trivia for you If a recipe doesn’t specify which mint to use What would be the mint that you’d use?
Alright…ready for the answer? if you guessed Spearmint, then you’re absolutely right When people just say mint, they mean Spearmint Or just listen to your taste buds and use the mint that you like the most! So let’s take a look at each of these varieties in detail Sweet Mint is bred for larger leaves And a mint flavor that is pretty much a neutral flavor that can be used in a
lot of dishes For preparing drinks, teas, its commonly available and easy to grow
Peppermint is a type of mint which is a type of hybrid mint and it has a very high menthol content so it feels more like your chewing gum or toothpaste kind of
mint very intense flavor and great for making a lot of drinks spearmint is the most
common variety of mine that you will use a very very versatile mint it can be used
in a lot of kitchen recipes can be used to flavor
your drinks your teas and it has a lot of health
benefits so if you’re looking to will start
growing anyone can of mint I would highly recommend that you start
growing spearmint it’s very easy to grow and a very versatile mint
Flavored mints like chocolate mint, apple mint, pineapple man have any specific purposes So if you have
a recipe that requires certain flavors and mint this may be a good thing to
start growing in your garden and you can also use flavored mints in a
lot of drinks and the impart very special flavors to those
drinks Mint is generally never had grown from
seeds The reasons being its not only very difficult to grow them Because their germination rate is not so
good the plants that grow from them do not resemble their parents so it’s
not a good idea to grow them from seed instead what you can do is take some
cuttings like these here and put them in a bowl
of water and then add some dirt in it and that
encourages the mint shoots to give out these roots that
you can see. So as soon as you have some roots here You can transplant these into pots And they will start growing just like a new
mint plant So if you have friends that can
give you mint cuttings that’s the easiest way to propagate
mint Now if you do not have mint cuttings you can buy mint plants or herbs from your local garden center and then
plant them To plant mint you need to use
containers that are wide and not deep because mint sends
out sprawling wines which will go all around
your container So a container of this size is is good enough
for growing mint So there are two Spearmint plants that we have here which we are planting in this pot So we take out the plant from the given pot And then we plant it on to our wider container And you can try to loosen the roots on the bottom a little bit so they start growing in a better way but even if you
just place them around the container an add some dirt
around it they should do a fairly good job Mint is a very invasive plant So never ever plant mint directly on the ground I don’t see any
reason why you should be growing mint on the ground because it will just take over your yard
and all the plants around it
Its a very vigorous and invasive plant so most pf the time
you would grow mint in containers like these And they should last for at least a year
or so in a container of this size this is another container that you can
use it is slightly deeper so again wide as well So great to grow mint and we will be
planting our second spearmint plant in this
container So I’m using a bagged potting mix here that I got from a local garden center And then what I do is I add some perlite
to it To increase the volume
You could either add Perlite or Vermiculite and then take the plant and just remove just a little
bit of the soil from below to stimulate the roots a little bit
and then add the remaining soil around the plant and this is pretty much
the perfect size container for growing mint
It’s not too deep And its wide enough for the plant to
send out its vines And once the planting is done always
remember to water your plant make sure it gets a nice soaking before you set it out Mint best grows in either partial shade or light sun Although you can grow mint
in full Sun i’ve seen that the best mint grows in
partial shade so I’m using this vertical growing rack here and I’ll probably do a video
of this cheaply available vertical growing
solution that I recently bought and you can
grow a lot of herbs vegetables in this storage rack And here you see the two mint plants that we just planted now once every year you need to prune
and maintain you mint plant so what does that mean? After about a
year your mint will have grown so
invasive that it won’t have any more space to grow So it will not produce the good quality mint that you expect it to produce so what you do here is your is you find some
small plants which you separate out from this big plant and then start it in a new container so here you can see one we can try to
find a couple more that’s a good one that has good roots and nice healthy leaves so you need to
find candidates like this one maybe find like 4 or 5 and then start growing them in a
separate container now some people like to do this every
year some people do it every two years I would
say just go by what you feel if you feel your mint plant is crowded
and is not producing good leaves then it’s time to re-pot you can either plant them in the same container by using
new soil or you can use the cuttings or the plants and plant them and a
brand new container so in our case we will be planting our mint plant that we separated from the parent plant We’re gonna to plant all these
plants in this container adding fresh potting mix and once you
add the potting mix I’d like to use a little bit of extra perlite which improves the oxygen that reaches the roots, it improves porosity and I’ve noticed that the more porous
the medium the better the plants grow and what you do
is just plant these mint plants just like that and what this will do
is that it will give the mint plant a lot more space It will give the roots a lot more space to grow which means that you will be getting a
lot of new offshoots from your mint plan that you can start
using right away So I am planting four of these plants here and mint grows throughout the year so
the mint plant grows and produces these nice-looking mint leaves you can cut these stems
these mint stems and use them and what will happen is
after just a few weeks the mint plant will
continue to send more shoots and then you can keep harvesting them So mint is a real joy to grow there’s nothing that tastes like fresh
mint from your garden Its a very nice herb that you can easy
grow in your garden and it really requires
minimal care the only insect I see on the mint
plant sometimes are slugs and sometimes I see some spider mites
but all in all they’ve not been a real problem to my mint
plants at all I always get nice healthy mint leaves
and as you can see And as you can see I’ve chopped off the tops of these
you know these mint leaves and taken them and in just a few weeks
you can see that the mint plant has sent out the small shoots And once these
small shoots grow you should see that the mint plant will grow
back to almost what it was when you started harvesting them so all
in all a very easy plant to grow so do you grow mint? Let me know what
variety of mint you grow I’ll see you again soon…Happy Gardening [music]

100 thoughts on “All About Growing Mint

  1. Sir I m the beginner so I want to ask which type of soil mixture u use for mint n any pesticide or fertilizer u use for growing mint

  2. if I decide to replant because the pot has got to invasive what should I do with that because I would imagine if I just put it in my compost pile it would grow and I don't want that

  3. Mice have been eating my cinnamon basil and tomato plants I am growing spearmint , chocolate and lemon all in a aquaponics lava tote…any suggestions? I was hoping their smell would keep them away. Only caught one in mouse trap… tried bucket with spinning shaft, they do not fall just steal the peanut butter.

  4. From where can we get this perlite?

    I tried in same way but it didn't grow even it dried up in few weeks.
    But I will try again as you explained.
    Please tell me from where I can get perlite.

  5. Great vid! I bought a mix mint plant from sprouts (had spearmint, rosemary, & peppermint), it started drying out & dying. I gave it new soil & bigger pot & boom, back to flourish! Only the peppermint survived though.

  6. Hi @california gardening, thanks for your presentation. I would need a favour from you, can you provide me with the basis of your identification and classification of the various varieties of mint? For example, how do you differentiate spearmint from peppermint? i am conducting a research and need to be sure of the variety i am using. Thanks

  7. Awesome vidio,,I love to watch ur fully informative vidio..I planted my small mint to big container,,hope it will grow soon n big..

  8. Hey …my mint leaves seems to be developing some black spots on them ……what can i do to prevent it ….and also what is the cause for it????

  9. Thank you for this video. I purchased one small mint plant from the store and repotted it and it is doing well. I plan to propagate this plant. Can you tell me which mint has the strongest aroma, the biggest scent?

  10. We have chickens and I love mint growing wild in our yard. We have mint and oregano that grow wild. Lemongrass is also great to grow when you have chickens. But here in the Pacific NW, it's too cold for the lemongrass to be a perennial. The chickens avoid the herbs and it's great to make the yard smell great and repel insects. Thanks for the great video!

  11. Take this guy's advice don't plant it outside anywhere in the dirt I got mint growing everywhere! Use a pot keep it under control. When I weed whack it down it sure smells good though….

  12. Not sure what kind of mint that is growing in my back yard, yes in the ground but it smells glorious. Like your video.

  13. I've got some apple mint I believe also two other types plus lemon balm but I think what is my Apple mint I think it's went through some changes the leaves are Jagged like a saw and the shoot is starting to twist is that normal or is it possible that being around other mint plants and some of the other wild plants that grow outside is it possible that some type of change happened in the plant I would love to know more

  14. I have just germinated my first mint plant (actually my first plant ever!) – it’s sitting happily in my window cill at 2mm tall for now, but I’m looking forward to a sunny day with some fresh mint tea from the garden! I have no idea what variety it is, the seeds were just labelled ‘mint’ but none the less it’s exciting to see it come from nothing to something! Great video, thanks!

  15. Thank you for posting! (deleted my other comment because you answered my question, I just did not finish the video haha) I am very new to growing plants/herbs/gardening. This video explains it well enough to where I feel confident I can keep this alive haha

  16. What type of potting mix do u use for. Mint? How many mix name them.??plz answer.. How many inches of pot do I have to take it?

  17. Wonderful tutorial. Thank you. Yes I love making mint teas with ginger or fruit, hot or cold they're delicious with honey. . I'm growing chocolate and spearmint. They were sprouts from my sister in laws plants. I put them in partial sun/shade and they are beautiful.

  18. If you have a huge yard and not much time to maintain it, it is great, if mint will take over your yard! Better, than weeds 🙂

  19. Mint grows super fast and can literally crawl across any space. I was unaware of this when I planted a small pot of it. Now I have a crazy amount of it and I'm trying to figure out how to contain it. Lol. I've given away to friends and family and still have too much of it. I do love that no pests at all has eaten any of it so it's a great plant to deter certain types of pests in the garden.

  20. My mint is dying
    What would I do
    Any tips how my mint can survive from dying
    Any vitamins needs to put in the soil

  21. Hi, I am growing mint at my home but it is getting affected with green caterpillars which are chewing leaves. Please suggest how to get rid if them organically.

  22. Very useful video. My mint plant is strong. I prune it to be bushy, but the leaves are pale green, not dark green. Please tell me what to do.

  23. Hi there – I’m new to gardening and I have been watching your videos. They are very helpful. I live in Saskatchewan, Canada and we get a lot of snow and the temp drops to -40/-50 for the dec and Jan months. Could you please suggest what ground fill I can grow for my garden? I would love to grow something pretty like a succulent but I believe they don’t do well in those temperatures.

  24. im have a lot of trouble growing mint, they all seem to die or steams go brown or the leafs become brown and very crispy.. i live in AZ i even tried inside with no luck with grow light..

  25. i'm growing spearmint and basil in my aquarium (roots are flooded but leaves are above water). very good growth rate. i can pretty much cut 1 stem of mint a day to put in my evening tea.

  26. I've just potted up a "Common Mint" plant and will keep the container in my well-lit patio where it'll get direct morning sun and light-shade for the rest of the day. Thank so much for your fantastic videos!

  27. … Long term consumption of Mint damages your liver . In experiments Mint also shrinks the testicals of rats. The mint plant , lavender , tea tree oil , all boost estrogen significantly and lowers testosterone in men and raises your prolactin hormone in man …..and man become femenized and gay .Human beings were never meant to eat these plants every day only animals ,,don't mess with mother nature !

  28. i grown my 4 mint cuttings in 1 ft deep clay container along with a greens called ponnanganni, it also grown from cuttings. paruppu keerai an another type of greens growing in the same pot. i placed 6-7 cuttings of mint in ground, after some days 4-5 cuttings got rooted, i transfered it to the container

  29. Thank you very much, very informative. When mixing in the white material (in which you said it helps the oxygen reach the roots), what was the name? I could not make it out.

  30. My friend once planted mint her garden and it went crazy when we wanted to grow roses we took forever trying to get the mint out

  31. I like your videos but I disagree, growing mint from seeds is fairly easy, it only takes like 3 days to see them grow and after that they become massive.

  32. I like spearmint…I just bought some seeds today…i hope to have a nice crop this year….its my 1st time growing mint and i cant wait to enjoy my 1st cup of tea

  33. All my mint plants are used for essential oils (spearmint peppermint and sweet mint). They go great with the candles, salt/sugar scrubs and bath bombs. I highly recommend using them for bath salts aswell because of their ability to sloth joint pains

  34. I looooOooOve chocolate mint! It makes mojitos taste even better, makes a yummy tea and if its planted in a pot by a pot that has lavender in it OH WOW THE SMELL OF THE 2 is just..the best 😍🌿💜

  35. How do i identify what mint it is beacause i took cutling from my friend and he no know what mint it is sorry for bed english

  36. I love your channel! We live in So Cal, too.

    I propagated mint from a grocery store purchase. It was going well. But, then I think once the weather changed, it didn’t like the amount of sunshine. So, I’m going to move it and see if that helps.


  37. My spearing is not thriving. I put it in the ground but it's stems are turning brown. I want it to spread in the flower bed where I plant.

  38. I planted mint to control weeds. Now I don't have to pull out thorny weeds anymore. I trim the mint and it smells good. I don't let it grow big because the flowers attract flies. Grasshoppers like to munch on it. I think it almost killed one of my bushes so I keep it low and under control.

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