It is one of the most versatile plants in gastronomy: it is an aromatic herb and has a powerful health use. With a refreshing flavor, its use in the kitchen ranges from seasoning dishes, through teas, used in drinks and juices, through jellies and even as a source of essential oil.
It can also be used as a raw material in both the personal care and cosmetics industry. With its multiple uses, mint can even be a planting alternative for the farmer who wants to supplement the family income. Do you want to know how to plant mint?
How to plant mint with twig
You can reproduce plants through seeds, as in the vegetative process, it is possible to have new specimens, just using a specific part of the herb: leaves, shoots and cuttings of branches.
In other species, you can root in water more easily. It is important to remember that this process differs from hydroponics.
The procedure is simple, but you must take some care to successfully reproduce the seedlings. Follow the step by step:
- Carefully choose an already mature, healthy mint. This water rooting process works very well with most soft-stemmed herbs and vegetables;
- Try to water the mint in the morning or at the end of the day. However, wait an hour after watering so that the stem can have a good reserve of water;
- Wait a while, then cut the branches to a size between five to eight centimeters;
- Choose a glass, a vase or a vase, which are made of glass. Wash them well and fill with clean water;
- Insert the branches into the container, observing how far the water touches. After that, remove the branch and leaves that are submerged. This is important as there is a risk that they will rot. After this observation, place them carefully in the vase;
- The container with the mint should be in a cool place with little light. Avoid exposing to the sun;
- Change the water every three days, always preventing it from getting cloudy, in addition to the proliferation of mosquitoes.
How to plant mint in a pet bottle
Using the pet bottle to grow your mini vegetable garden is an economical, sustainable practice, as well as being very healthy. Let’s find out the step by step to make your hanging garden and plant mint with this type of material:
- Take the PET bottle and drill four holes, close to the lid area;
- Make another hole in the bottom of the bottle, allowing the water to escape that will accumulate in the container;
- Then, with scissors, make two indentations in the bottle, one on each side;
- After the cuts, put some gravel and then the substrate;
- Make a small opening in the earth and plant the mint;
- Insert the string into the four holes next to the lid and then join the threads in a knot;
- At the end, with the help of a wall hook, place the string on the hook, water the mint seedlings and wait for your vegetable garden to grow!
How to replant mint
Very easy procedure, but because mint is a slightly different type of shrub, follow our tutorial as follows:
- Take 10 to 15 centimeters of mint sprigs and strip the leaves to that length. You just need to leave the ones above;
- Cut the stem close to a node – which would be the stem division. The node must be at the end of the branch because it is from there that the new roots will emerge;
- From that moment on, you will need to follow along. In a period of three days, a root of approximately one centimeter will appear;
- After 10 days in the water, you will be able to see many roots;
- And with another seven days, more roots will appear and you can put the seedlings in a pot with soil. The important thing is that the root is not too small, otherwise it will have difficulty nourishing the mint.
Does peppermint like sun or shade?
Mint is easily adaptable in pots, planters and vases. Even though it is known to be an invasive plant, all the mentioned containers contain it perfectly as the roots end up spreading to the bottom, filling the entire space.
A very common question is about where to house the mint. It can be in either sunny or partial shade, but it should stay away from winds. It is important to note that the sun helps mint grow healthy and luscious. A tip is to always leave the pot facing east, as its development is better with at least six hours of sun exposure a day.
In addition to these details, aromatic herb is a great choice for those who like plants that require little care.