Today share our first guest post of the month. The lovely Lyndsey from What You Sow tells us how to propagate mint. Over to her...
Mint is one of the easiest things to propagate and one of the most useful plants to grow for cooking. Mint will propagate from just about any bit of the plant….Not only can you propagate the stems, but also the roots! Cutting back the stems and propagating them not only gives you plants for free but helps the roots of your existing plants to stay healthy.
If you want to have a go at taking cuttings to give to friends as presents, mint stem cuttings are best taken around this time of year and root cuttings in the Autumn.
1. Take a small cutting about 7cm in length from the top of a healthy looking stem.
2. Cut the stem just below a leaf node (where the leaf comes from) and remove the lowest leaves.
3. Place the stem in a glass of water and leave in a light place for a few weeks until the stems start to develop roots. Once the roots look fairly decent, pop the stem into a pot with some multipurpose compost and water in.
For root cuttings – simply cut some of the root into chunks. Each piece needs to have a node (which the plant will grow from) and a little bit of root. Plant the piece lengthways with the root facing downwards, cover with soil and water. And don’t forget to label them so you know which variety you’ve planted.
Then by the end of the summer you should have enough to make a mojito or two!