Different Methods for Successfully Growing Mint Indoors


Mint is a commonly loved herb that can be found in many gardens. Growing mint indoors is a great way to ensure a fresh supply of this wonderful herb year-round. With the right containers and proper care, you can grow mint right in your own home.

Before you start growing mint indoors, there are a few things you need to know. First, choose a high-quality potting mix or coir to provide a lightweight and sterile medium for the mint to grow in. Mint can be grown in containers, so you can buy pots or use any ordinary container that you have available.

Place the potted mint in a spot where it can get at least 4-6 hours of sunlight each day. Mint prefers high ambient humidity, so you may need to mist the leaves occasionally or place a tray of water near the plants to increase humidity. Water the mint whenever the top inch of soil feels dry, but avoid overwatering, as mint does not like its roots to be constantly wet.

Mint is a fast-growing herb, so pruning is necessary to keep it in shape. Prune the mint plants regularly to encourage bushier growth and to prevent them from becoming leggy. Harvesting mint leaves is a simple and enjoyable process. Simply snip off the stems above the first set of leaves. Mint leaves can be used fresh or dried for later use in a variety of dishes and drinks, such as mojitos or chocolate mint desserts.

If you have any questions about growing mint indoors, here are some frequently asked questions:

Q: How often should I fertilize my indoor mint plants?

A: Mint plants are heavy feeders, so it is recommended to fertilize them once a month with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.

Q: Can I grow other vegetables alongside mint?

A: Mint is a vigorous plant and can overpower other plants, so it is best to grow it in a separate container. However, you can choose to grow herbs alongside mint, as they have similar growing requirements.

With this guide, you now know how to start growing mint indoors. So go ahead and start your own indoor herb garden, and enjoy the fresh and aromatic flavors of mint all year round!

Your Guide to Growing Mint Indoors Plus When to Harvest It

Mint is a versatile herb that can be grown both indoors and outdoors. If you don’t have access to an outdoor garden or live in a region with extreme weather conditions, growing mint indoors can be a great alternative. With the right techniques and care, you can enjoy fresh mint year-round in your indoor garden.

Before you start growing mint indoors, there are a few things you need to know. First, mint is a perennial herb, meaning it will keep coming back year after year if properly cared for. Second, mint is a fast-growing plant, so you will need to provide it with regular waterings and fertilizing. Third, mint prefers bright sunlight but can also tolerate lower light conditions.

To start growing mint indoors, you will need a well-draining potting mix. Mint prefers lightweight and airy soil, so consider mixing in some sand or perlite flakes to improve drainage. Fill a pot or a container with the potting mix and gently press it down to remove any air pockets.

Next, carefully remove the mint plant from its nursery pot and gently loosen the roots. Place the plant in the center of the pot and backfill with more potting mix, ensuring the plant is at the same level as it was in the nursery pot. Firmly press the soil around the plant to secure it in place.

Once your mint plant is planted, water it thoroughly to settle the soil. Ensure that water drains out from the bottom of the pot, as mint prefers consistent moisture without becoming waterlogged. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot and the plant dying.

Mint can be grown indoors in various lighting conditions. If you have access to a sunny window, place your mint plant there to receive several hours of direct sunlight each day. If your home doesn’t have enough natural light, you can also use artificial grow lights to supplement the lighting needs of your mint plant. Position the lights about 6-12 inches above the plant to mimic ambient sunlight.

Growing mint indoors also means that you need to be mindful of the indoor temperature. Mint prefers warmer temperatures, between 65°F and 75°F (18°C to 24°C), during the day. However, it can tolerate slightly lower temperatures at night. Just make sure to keep it away from drafts and extreme temperature swings.

Mint plants are heavy feeders, so you will need to fertilize them regularly. Use a balanced liquid fertilizer, following the instructions on the label. Fertilize your mint plant every 2-3 weeks during the growing season, which is spring to fall. Reduce or stop fertilizing during the winter months when the plant is not actively growing.

When it comes to harvesting mint, you can start picking the leaves as soon as the plant is well-established, which is usually after about 8 weeks of growth. Harvest the leaves by gently bending the stems and carefully removing the leaves from the stem. Avoid harvesting more than one-third of the plant at a time to ensure it continues to grow strong.

Mint has many uses in the kitchen, including adding it to teas, salads, soups, infused water, and even desserts. It pairs well with flavors like lemon, apple, and cheese, and can be used as a natural breath freshener or in sugar scrubs. The options are endless!

So, whether you’re inspired to start an indoor herb garden or want to enjoy fresh mint year-round, growing mint indoors is a wonderful option. With these tips and information, you can keep your indoor mint plant healthy and consistently bring a burst of fresh flavor to your dishes.

Growing mediums: potting mix, sand, perlite flakes
Lighting options: natural sunlight, artificial grow lights
Temperature: 65°F – 75°F (18°C to 24°C)
Fertilizing: regularly with a balanced liquid fertilizer
Harvesting: gently bending stems and carefully removing leaves
Uses: teas, salads, soups, infused water, desserts, breath freshener, sugar scrubs

Mint juleps, mojitos, chimichurri, and pesto are just a few reasons why growing mint indoors will become one of your favorite hobbies

Mint is a versatile herb that adds a refreshing and minty-fresh flavor to a variety of dishes and drinks. From classic cocktails like mint juleps and mojitos to savory sauces like chimichurri and pesto, mint is an essential ingredient that can elevate the taste of any recipe.

Growing mint indoors gives you a convenient and easily accessible source of this delightful herb. Whether you have a green thumb or are new to gardening, mint is a great plant to start with. It is hardy in nature and can thrive with minimal care.

One of the main factors to consider when growing mint indoors is providing it with the right growing conditions. Mint plants thrive in bright, indirect sunlight, so choose a spot near a window that receives ample light throughout the day. If natural sunlight is lacking, you can also use a grow light as a substitute.

Another essential aspect of growing mint is moisture. Mint plants require consistently moist soil, so be sure to water them regularly. However, be careful not to overwater, as mint plants are sensitive to excessive moisture. A good technique is to mist the leaves with water occasionally to provide them with the humidity they need.

Mint plants are not particularly picky when it comes to soil. A general-purpose potting mix will work fine, but adding some organic matter like compost or peat moss can improve drainage and enrich the soil. Make sure the pot you choose has drainage holes to prevent waterlogged roots.

Fertilizing mint plants is not a strict requirement, but it can help promote healthy growth. Using a balanced fertilizer once every few weeks during the growing season will provide the plants with essential nutrients. Be careful not to over-fertilize, as it can lead to excessive leaf growth and a diluted flavor.

If you encounter any issues with your mint plants, such as yellowing leaves or fungal infections, it is essential to take prompt action. Remove any affected leaves and adjust the watering and light conditions accordingly. Mint plants are generally robust and can recover quickly with the right care.

For those looking for a more controlled environment, hydroponic systems are also suitable for growing mint indoors. These soil-less setups provide consistent water and nutrients to the plants, resulting in faster and more abundant growth.

When it comes to harvesting mint, you can pluck the leaves as needed for immediate use. Mint leaves are at their best when they are young and tender. Sweeter and more delicate, these leaves are ideal for iced teas, cocktails, and desserts like mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Mint also pairs well with a variety of other herbs, including basil, cilantro, and parsley. You can create your own herb garden by growing mint alongside these herbs. Not only will it save space, but you’ll also have a fantastic range of herbs at your fingertips for all your culinary endeavors.

So, whether you are an enthusiastic gardener or just want to add some fresh and flavorful herbs to your kitchen, growing mint indoors is a great choice. With minimal care and a little bit of knowledge, you can enjoy the benefits of this versatile herb year-round.

For more information on growing mint indoors, including tips and troubleshooting, you can ask Betsy, your knowledgeable plant care agent.

Types of Mint

Mint is a popular herb that can easily be grown indoors. There are several different types of mint that you can choose from, each with its own unique characteristics and flavors.

  • Peppermint: Peppermint is one of the most well-known types of mint and has a strong, refreshing menthol flavor. It is great for adding a minty kick to your drinks or desserts.
  • Spearmint: Spearmint has a milder flavor compared to peppermint and is often used in recipes like tabbouleh and iced tea. It’s also a popular choice for garnishing dishes.
  • Chocolate Mint: Chocolate mint has a delightful chocolatey flavor and is perfect for adding to desserts or hot chocolate. It’s a favorite among mint lovers.
  • Pineapple Mint: Pineapple mint has a tropical and fruity aroma, reminiscent of pineapple. It is often used in cocktails or as a garnish for salads.
  • Orange Mint: Orange mint has a citrusy scent and flavor, making it a refreshing addition to cocktails or fruit salads.

Mint plants can be started from seeds or cuttings. When planting mint, it is important to choose a specific spot that offers enough sunlight exposure. Mint plants thrive in well-draining soil that is slightly acidic. You can mix sand into the soil to help with drainage.

To care for your mint plants, regularly water them to keep the soil consistently moist. Mint plants also benefit from regular pruning to encourage bushier growth and prevent them from becoming too leggy. You can harvest the leaves as needed for culinary or medicinal uses.

It’s worth noting that mint can be an invasive plant, so it’s best to grow it in containers or in an area of the garden where it won’t spread uncontrollably. If you choose to grow it indoors, select a lightweight and porous potting mix that contains organic matter.

Indoor mint plants should receive at least 4-6 hours of sunlight per day. If natural lighting is insufficient, you can also use fluorescent grow lights to supplement the light. It’s important to avoid overwatering your mint plants, as they do not like to sit in water-filled containers. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.

In terms of fertilizing, mint plants are relatively low-maintenance and may not need additional fertilizer if the soil is already fertile. However, if you notice slow growth or yellowing leaves, you can use a balanced fertilizer following the instructions on the packaging.

With care and attention, you can enjoy fresh, flavorful mint year-round, right in your own home.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.