Propagating mint couldn’t be easier and it is the perfect activity for a beginner gardener because you will achieve fast results. Once your plant has grown you will have your own fresh supply that is free from plastic and pesticides.
By putting a cutting in a glass of water instead of a pot of soil you can have fun watching the roots grow. You just need to be gentle when you plant your cutting to ensure that you don’t damage the roots.
This is a great activity to do with kids who might like to test out if there are any other plants that can also be grown this way.
Here is a very easy method to grow mint in water without soil.
- First, make holes at the bottom of one container to insert the cuttings of mint in holes.
- Now select some good and green cuttings from the store-bought mint. Remove the leaves from the base of cuttings. There should be no leaf in the water, only cutting or the leave will start to decompose and make water dirty and smelly.
- Remember, at least one or two nodes of cuttings must be below the container of the net cup. Nodes mean, that point on the branch from where new branches or leaves start developing.
- Roots will also develop from the nodes.
- After filling all the holes of the net cup or container, now its time to remove the extra portion of branches, leaving two nodes below.
- Also, remove any leaves below.
- Now fill the second box or container with fresh water and place the container with cuttings over it.
Mint is a sun-loving herb. It requires full sunlight, which means 6 to 8 hours of sunlight. Mint can also grow very well in half shade. If you have a window in your kitchen that receives plenty of sunlight, you can put your containers near that window.
After 5 to 6 days of planting cuttings, the roots will start to develop. After 10 to 12 days, cuttings of mint will start to frow from above (leaves). Roots will also grow several inches at that time.
After 10 to 12 days, when the leaves of cuttings start to grow, you need to prune the plant in order of a good harvest every time. Just remove the upper leaves from branches. Pruning will induce more branches and make plant bushier. In return, we will get a good amount of harvest.
If you don’t want to use any kind of fertilizer in water, you need to change the water at an interval of every 3 to 4 days. Freshwater will replenish nutrients which will lead to the growth of the mint plants.
After 25 days, you can first harvest of your own grown mint. After the roots develop, leaves will grow at a fast rate. You just have to change the water after 3 to 4 days or add all-purpose plant food along with the change of water at an interval of 15 days.