How to Grow Mint (Pudhina) in Just Two Weeks

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Grow mint plant in just two weeks indoors

If you are reading this, you must be looking for ways to grow mint indoors. The good news is the process of farming mint is surprisingly simple. Moreover, if you go for the hydroponic solution, you won’t even need soil, pot, & fertilizer. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Mints are easy to grow and harder to kill, making it all the more suitable for beginners.

However, before diving deep into the methods of growing mint, we should first know what it is.

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What is Mint?

Named after a mythic fairy named Minthe (Mintho), mint is a sweet-smelling herb incorporating a variety of species of the mint plant (Mentha), belonging to the easterly Mediterranean region. According to the legends, Persephone punished her by transmuting her into a lowly plant, for having an affair with Pluto.

The mint plant is easy-to-find and popular among gardeners because of its ease of farming. It is entirely free of gluten and therefore is suitable for vegetarian and paleo diets.

What does mint taste like?

Mint has a tinge of sweetness to it, and it also triggers an exhilarating cool effect on the tongue. Peppermint, on the other hand, has a more dominating flavour, making for a more menthol aftertaste. The fresher the leaves are the better the aroma and the taste get.

Types of Mint Plants

There are multiple subspecies of the plant we call mint. However, in this piece of article, we are introducing you to the most common three of them that you can farm easily.

Pepper Mint | Mentha X Piperita
Pepper Mint | Mentha X Piperita
Apple Mint | Mentha Suaveolens
Spear Mint | Mentha spicata
Spear Mint | Mentha spicata

Now that you know the most common types of mint plants, let’s see how to grow mint at your home.

How to Grow Mint Indoors?


Grow Mint by Sowing Seeds

1. What you need:

  • A pot
  • Garden soil
  • Cocopeat
  • Fine Sand
  • Vermicompost
  • Mint Seeds

2. Process:

Prepare the soil

Let’s begin the process by preparing the soil. We need an equal amount of gardening soil, cocopeat, fine sand, and vermicompost. Then mix it up. You can sprinkle some water if you want.

The setup

Take the pot and make the tiny drainage holes into it. Next, put some small pebbles on the opening. These stones will prevent the soil from getting out while leaving ample room for the water to drain.

Do you know what to do after?

Yes, it’s time to fill it up with the potting mix. Upon filling it up, use your finger to draw some mini lines on the potting mix surface and scatter the seeds evenly. Make sure that they don’t get crowded.

Done? Okay now layer it up with a fine coating by the same potting mix.

Water it well, but don’t turn it muddy.

Where to place it?

Mints are strong plants, and they can survive a lot of punishments from the natural elements. However, it is better to protect them from direct sun. Bright places are typically suited for this setting.

3. Germination:

It will take about 10 to 12 days for the seeds to sprout. Also, you need to keep the soil moist, instead of wet. Then, as you let another week pass, you will see those cotyledon leaves form shapes. Here you need to act and cut out those newly formed sets of leaves. It encourages the plants to grow leaves faster. We call it pruning.

4. Harvesting:

After four weeks, you will see a bunch of true leaves coming on each plant, making it ready for harvesting. Be quick to harvest before the leaves start flowering.

With that, now you have learned how to grow mint from seeds, using a pot.

Grow Mint with Stem Cuttings

Prepare the Stems

You can use the grocery bought mint plants. Start by choosing eight to ten healthy looking stems. Thereafter, make a cut at the node of each stem. Nodes are the point where the leaves are grown. The cuts are needed for the secretion of root hormones. Do it at the 3 to 3.5 inches from the top of the stem. Also, remove the extra leaves other than the top three or four leaves.

Now the stems are ready to be planted. Therefore, it’s time to put them into use.

There are two ways to do that.

How to Grow Mint in Water

1. What you need:

  • Regular or soft water
  • Container to hold water
  • Solid net pot or basket

2. Process:

The setup

First of all, you need to place the net pot on the container. The diameter of the vessel should be in sync with the bottom of the net basket. Fill the container with water in a way so the water level touches the bottom of the basket.

Now put those stems into the holes so the bottom parts stay submerged in the water.

If you are not using fertilizer, then change the water after two or three days. If you use one, then you will need a refill after two weeks.

Where to place it?

You must place it where it gets enough sunlight. Try not to keep it under direct sun.

3. Germination:

Around six days into the operation, you can expect to see a new set of fine white roots coming out. Just like the previous process, expect to see those cotyledon leaves in a week. And as you see them bud, get busy and start to prune.

4. Harvesting:

In about three to four weeks, the plants will be ready for harvesting.

So, this is how the hydroponic method works for you to grow mint indoors. Let’s go for the other alternative now.

How to Grow Mint in Soil & Pot

Growing mint plant in soil from stem cuttings

1. What you need:

  • A pot
  • Garden soil
  • Cocopeat
  • Fine Sand
  • Vermicompost

2. Process:

Prepare the soil

We will use the same potting mix as we did for the seed sowing process.

The setup

Upon setting up the pot with the potting mix, use your finger to dig mini holes into the soil and plant each stem carefully. Plant them about 1 or 1.5 inches deep. Keep the leaves and the soil moist.

Where to place it?

Again, you can keep it in a bright place but keep it safe from the unforgiving elements like a storm or scorching sun.

3. Germination:

It will take about 10 to 12 days for the cotyledons to grow. Also, you need to keep the soil moist, instead of wet. Prune the cotyledons to quicken the growth of the true leaves, which will take a week or so to come out.

4. Harvesting:

As it grows three to four weeks old, it will be ready to be harvested.

With that, now you have learned how to grow mint in the house, using a pot.

Do’s and Don’ts while growing mint plants

Do’s and Don’ts of growing mint plants in water

Do’sDon’ts
Cut the stems around the nodesSubmerge the leaves in the water
Replace the water in 3 to 4 daysKeep it under direct sun
Keep it in a bright place
Cut the first leaves promptly
Do’s and Don’ts of growing mint in water

Do’s and Don’ts of growing mint plants in soil

Do’sDon’ts
Use a proper potting mixUse random soil
Plant stems into 1 to 1.5 inchesBury the stems or the seeds
Spray water on the leaves after the germinationKeep pouring water to the soil
Do’s and Don’ts of growing mint in soil

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