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
March – April
At its best:
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
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.
Check leaves regularly for fungus mint rust, which appears as rusty spots on the underside of leaves. Destroy plants if you find it.