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Think Mint -New Pots – Old Medicines -Tea ?

Job of the week

Raise new mint plants

If you’re already dreaming about sipping a cool mint julep in your summer garden, now’s the time to get your mint plants ready for the job. Take cuttings from established mint plants to keep the drinks tray supplied all summer

How to grow mint from cuttings

You will need

Mint plant

Secateurs

Glass

Compost

Do it:

March – April

At its best:

August

Takes just:

30 minutes

Overview

Mint plants give the best flavour and fragrance from new growth and are renowned for their vigour. So take cuttings in spring and you’ll have young mint plants bursting with flavour, ripe for picking to last you all summer.

How to do it

 

1

Take cuttings from the top growth of your mint plant, about 8cm in length. Remove the lower leaves and cut the stem just below the leaf node (the point on the stem where leaves emerge).

2

Place the stems in a glass of water. Leave in a light, airy place until the stems have taken root.

3

The stems will take root within a couple of weeks. Once a good root system has developed, pot the stems up in a container with good quality, peat-free multipurpose compost.

4

Firm compost around the stems and water well. Top up with compost if necessary.

5

Trim the top growth from the stems as this reduces the surface area from which the plants can lose water. Keep the pot indoors for a week, ensuring the compost stays moist. Once the plants have become established, transplant them into their final growing positions.

Adam’s tip

Check leaves regularly for fungus mint rust, which appears as rusty spots on the underside of leaves. Destroy plants if you find it.

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