Mint is a great herb to grow in your home. It’s easy, requires minimal care, and it grows really well. Mint can be used to add flavor to everything from drinks to desserts. You can also use mint as an aromatic ingredient in dishes and teas. Whether you’re looking for ways to use up your mint or just want more of it, this how-to guide will teach you everything you need to know about growing mint indoors!
Identify which species of mint you want to grow.
Mint is a herb, therefore, it’s a member of the family Lamiaceae. Mint is also a perennial plant. However, not all species of mint are able to thrive indoors. In fact, there are many different species of mint that grow well indoors: peppermint (Mentha × piperita), apple mint (Mentha suaveolens), pineapple mint (Mentha suaveolens ‘Variegata’), chocolate mint (Mentha x villosa), orange bergamot (Monarda citrata) and lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) are just some examples.
Choose the right pot for growing mint.
- What type of pot to use.
Your best bet for growing mint is a ceramic, clay or plastic planter that has good drainage holes in the bottom. The container should be large enough to accommodate a good-sized root system but not too big or heavy for you to move around. If you have heavy soil mixes, use a larger container so your plant will have room to grow.
- How big the pot should be?
The size of your mint plant will determine how big its pot needs to be; however, it’s better to err on the side of caution and give it more space than less if you’re unsure about what size would work best for your growing conditions. Make sure that there is at least one inch (2 cm) between each side and top edge when measuring out how much room you need in order for everything fit into place correctly without being overcrowded or crushed by neighboring plants nearby which could result in them dying prematurely due out having insufficient amounts available water which creates an environment conducive towards diseases developing inside those containers where they live while also depriving them from getting enough oxygen at locations where light levels decrease significantly due out lack thereof having adequate ventilation indoors versus outdoors where sunlight provides plenty during summer months when temperatures rise above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius).
Pot up the plant.
Once you have decided to pot up your mint, you have to consider the kind of pot that will be appropriate for growing this plant indoors.
In order to achieve the best results, it is recommended to use plastic pots only. They are less porous and thus retain water better than clay or other types of containers. Furthermore, for ease of maintenance, you should opt for a dark-colored plastic pot so as not to lose moisture through evaporation as much as possible.
If you’re using a container made from clay or another material (earthenware), make sure it has drainage holes at its base; otherwise there’s a risk that excess water won’t drain away quickly enough and might rot away at the roots of your mint plant!
The next step would be choosing what type soil works best in terms of nutrients required by them while still retaining some moisture at all times so they don’t wilt easily during summer months when temperatures rise up quickly outside due how close they come from being indoors where we keep them safe from harsh weather conditions outside like rainstorms which could damage their leaves if left unprotected against such hazards such as strong winds blowing around debris onto them causing injury if brushed against too hard!
Put the plant in the right place.
Before you begin to grow mint indoors, you need to know it likes a lot of sun and that it needs to be in a spot where it will not be disturbed. Mint is very sensitive and when the root is disturbed, it can lead to death of your mint plant.
Mint also likes moisture and humidity so make sure you water regularly. It is important that your soil stays moist but not waterlogged (wet). You should fertilize with as much nitrogen as possible every week or two depending on how much growth there has been since the last feeding. If you are using a liquid fertilizer then mix 1/4 tsp per gallon into each watering until desired results are seen.
Water and fertilize your mint plant.
While most plants require a good amount of water, mint is one exception. Mint is an aquatic plant and its roots can’t tolerate standing water or soggy soil.
To ensure your mint plant stays healthy, keep the soil moist at all times—but not too wet! Water only when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, then let it drain before watering again. When watering your mint, add fertilizer as well; this will help prevent nutrients from washing away with excess water.
Fertilize once every couple of weeks using a water-soluble fertilizer (like Miracle-Gro Potting Soil for Flowers & Vegetables). Avoid fertilizing in winter—the cold temperatures can cause damage to roots if they’re wet for too long and also hinder re-growth after pruning/pinching back.
Keeping your mint healthy.
Once you’ve got your mint plant growing, there are a few basic things to remember to keep it healthy:
- Keep it in direct sunlight. This is very important for the plant to do well, because the leaves will get all kinds of nutrients from the sun that help them grow fast and strong.
- Keep it warm. It will thrive in temperatures between 75-85 degrees F., which makes it a great choice for indoor plants because they’re not super picky about temperatures as long as they aren’t freezing cold!
- Keep its soil moist but not soggy (you know what we mean). Like most plants, you don’t want this one sitting around with wet roots or else they’ll rot away eventually—but also make sure not too dry either since then they might dry out completely before being able to recover again later on down the road if things go wrong!
- Keep drafts away from where ever you’re growing your mints at least 5 feet away if possible due mainly due something called ‘aphid infestation’ which tends too happen more often then desired when there are any openings nearby such as cracks etc…
Growing mint is easy!
Mint is easy to grow!
Mint is great for the kitchen. Mint tastes fresh, bright and herby. It’s often used as a garnish or to add flavor to salads, soups and cocktails.
Mint is easy to grow indoors because it requires little maintenance, doesn’t need much sun and will thrive in pots or containers on your windowsill or kitchen countertop.
You only need a small space for your mint plants—a few square inches of soil in a pot will do just fine! Mints can also be planted directly into the ground if you have room available outside (and even better climate conditions).
Mint is a great option for anyone looking to grow their own herbs. It’s easy to care for and grows well indoors, making it ideal for those who don’t have much space in their garden or live in cooler climates. Mint is also an excellent addition to your cooking and will add flavor when added as a garnish on top of dishes like salads or soups!