Last updated on October 23rd, 2023 at 08:38 pm
If you want to propagate mint, you can use different methods depending on the variety. We explain exactly how they work.
Mint is a popular kitchen herb that you can use for tea, syrup, lemonade or as an ingredient for salads and dips. There are many varieties to choose from: typical representatives include peppermint, Moroccan mint, mojito mint, mountain mint and chocolate mint. To grow new seedlings, you can propagate mint. You have the choice between cuttings, offshoots or division.
Propagating mint with cuttings
If you want to propagate mint and grow as many young plants as possible, you should choose cuttings. This method is especially good for Moroccan mint, apple mint and peppermint. How it works:
- This method of propagation is best done in the summer.
- Using sharp scissors, cut off shoot tips about ten centimeters long from the plant.
- Remove leaves from the lower end.
- Keep the cuttings in a vase or jar with fresh water.
- After a few days, the shoots will develop roots. If they are strong enough, you can put the cuttings in a pot with soil.
- Water them well and put them in a bright place.
If your mint grows in a pot, it is best to propagate it with the help of cuttings. You can also do this in the fall, for example, and benefit from fresh mint in the winter. Proceed like this:
- When you see that your plant has formed rooted shoots above or just below the soil, you can start.
- Carefully separate the offshoots from the rest of the mint with a pointed shovel just below the root bases.
- Place each of the small shoots in a separate pot. This should not be filled with herbal soil, but with vegetable soil. This provides more nutrients.
- Water the small plant and place it in a bright place, for example, the windowsill of a south-facing window.
- If the shoots are to grow in winter, it is best to store them in a small indoor greenhouse. Here the air will never be too dry.
- Alternatively, you can spray the plant regularly with distilled water.
Propagation by division
You can also propagate mint with the method of division. This is particularly uncomplicated, but is only possible every two years. Mint species that are suitable for this include Moroccan mint and various types of peppermint.
- Wait until the end of the flowering period. This usually happens at the end of September.
- Now lift the mint out of the bed or pot along with its root using a sufficiently large shovel.
- Divide the root into two or more pieces.
- Replace the pieces either in different pots or in suitable places in the herb bed.
- Press the soil down well again and water the plants.