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When to Harvest Mint? Plus Surprising Things About Mint

Did you know that the mint-flavored dishes and snack actually get their minty flavor from the mint plant? Mint is a plant that originally grew in the countries of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Mint has been a pretty pervasive plant and flavor since it is used in a lot of dishes and drinks, even cakes and candies. Mint has been used for a good number of years, and its popularity among the common masses has not dwindled despite it being present since before. The plant grows easily and can be considered an invasive type of species of plant. If you are a beginner then this plant is perfect for you since this plant does not take much maintenance and is very easy to grow.

If you are planting your mint in the garden, then you may want to reconsider that thought. Just like any other herbs, the mint grows and spreads quickly since it has “runner” roots. Plants that are categorized to have “runner” roots in them are known to be incredibly invasive, which means if you plant it in your garden it will spread quickly. While “spreading quickly” may seem good since you will have much more mint, but if you have other plants in your garden it will overwhelm those plants instead. You can do some pruning in your mint to avoid this or you may simply plant your mint in a pot which we will discuss later on.

If you want to plant your own mint plant, you will have to learn certain facts and basic skills that you will need to learn, such as when to harvest mint. Taking care of a mint plant might not be as difficult compared to other plants, since the plant itself does not grow as high as other plants. In fact, the mint plant only grows from four to forty inches in height.

How to grow mint in pots

Since mint is a relatively small plant, growing it in smaller spaces like containers and pot can be an area of interest to some, especially for those who do not have large spaces to plant a garden, or for those who prefer having their plants indoors. Growing a plant in a pot requires knowing when to transfer it, what kind of soil to put, and what kind of sunlight exposure it needs in order to grow, especially since the amount of sunlight that seeps through indoors is different when compared to those that are placed outdoors. Having a fragrant and useful plant indoors such as the mint plant can add to the aromatic flavor of your home, which is why learning how to grow mint in pots can be a useful skill.

The ease in which you can grow mint is similar to cilantro and basil. These common herbs and spices are popular for their smell and taste, similar to mint, and are also relatively small in size, which makes them easy to maintain and monitor in indoor spaces. These plants grow at a fast pace, leading others to call them invasive plant species. For the mint plant, you need to think about where the best place to put the plant would be. The mint plant requires sunlight exposure during the day and partial exposure during the later parts of the afternoon. Thus, you need to make sure to position the mint plant in such a way that it gets the proper sunlight exposure it needs during morning hours and lesser exposure during afternoon hours. You should also place the mint plant away from parts where there are drying heating elements. The type of environment that a mint plant requires is one that is moist, as opposed to dry. The plant thrives more when there is moisture in the air since it requires moisture to produce the nourishment it needs as a plant.

You may want to buy a mint seedling at your local nursery instead of starting from seeds. Mint seeds do not germinate too easily, so it is recommended that only experienced gardeners should attempt it. After you have bought the seedlings, plant them immediately into a pot or compost. 

Another way of procuring a mint is simply to get a cutting from another mint. Cut approximately ½ inch from the leaves towards the stem. Make sure to make several cuttings since it is not guaranteed that every cutting will grow successfully. Place the cuttings in a clean glass of water after you have procured some cuttings. Place the glass in a warm, sunny spot and wait for roots to grow for several inches to sprout from the cutout stem. Keep an eye on the water level and make sure that it is always full.

The pot must have at least 12 inches in diameter to give room for the mint to grow. It is also a must that the pot also has drainage holes at the bottom to avoid having still water. Having still water in the soil will cause the roots of the mint to rot and be more susceptible to diseases.

After you have chosen a pot, fill ⅓ of your pot with soil and compost. Next, simply plant your mint into the soil and make sure that all of its roots are buried. If the roots are too long for your pot, then curl them.

At the early stages of its growth, your mint plant needs support. Use some sticks or pencils to serve as a support for the plant, and then you can remove them once the plant is already thriving.

If the pot you are using to hold the mint plant is a submerged pot in a bed, then the best way to help the mint plant grow is to make sure that the pot being used is not cracked. Otherwise, the roots and invasiveness of the mint plant will eventually affect the plants that surround it. 

How to harvest mint without killing the plant

Being able to harvest a plant without killing it is important if you want to make use of the efforts you have made in growing a particular plant. Some plants require the removal of only their leaves, while others require the removal of the entire plant or vegetable and replanting the seed of the harvested plant. For mint plants, it is important to know how to harvest mint without killing the plant. Harvesting is one of the last steps you need to take in order to turn the plant into something useful, such as a spice or ingredient for your dishes. Harvesting is generally the process of gathering or removing the plant from the ground or main plant. 

To harvest mint, you can use either your hands or tools to cut off the parts of the mint plant that are ready for harvesting. To cut the plant, make sure that the limit is up to around 1/3 of the total length of each stem of the mint plant. This allows other parts to grow further even if you have already harvested some of the mint plants. Since mint is known to grow fast, make sure to cut parts of it every so often.

How to dry mint  

What happens when you have too much mint on your hands and do not have use for it currently? The answer to that is learning how to dry mint. Drying mint helps to preserve the plant since it removes the moisture that hastens its rotting. To dry mint, wash it with cold water, and use paper towels to absorb the water. Next, warm them in an oven for around two hours, and then store the dried leaves in a container. The mint leaves should be dried at a temperature of 180 F for around two hours.

Conclusion

Mint is a versatile and well-known plant that is used for a variety of dishes, desserts, and scents. Mint is known by most parts of the world, especially since mint has been used by civilizations even before modern periods. The plant is relatively small and is considered to be an invasive species. If let to grow on its own, it can quickly overtake the plants also growing within its area. Thus, in order to alleviate the effect it might have on other plants, it is important to know when to harvest mint.

Harvesting mint requires the use of your hands or gardening tools. To harvest mint, you need to cut off leaves of the plant up to 1/3 of the length of each stem, and always looking out for the time when the plant starts to encroach on the space of other plants. Also, mint plants are also good for growing indoors, which is good news for those without wide spaces or gardens.

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