One question that is often asked by people that love mint is “where can I get mint during the winter?” Unfortunately, stores will usually only carry mint during the summer, sometimes into the fall. If you do happen to find some during the off season, it will have nasty little black spots or be too limp to use. What is the answer to this pesky little dilemma? Learn how to grow mint indoors!
Grow your own mint indoors
The first thing to know when learning how to grow mint indoors is that mint is truly one of the easiest plants that I have ever tried to grow. You don’t need much of a green thumb to keep it alive. The biggest problem that most people have is giving it enough light. Depending on where you live or what direction your windows face, the plants may not get enough sun light. If this is an issue for you, simply get a cheap grow light and you will be off to the races. The way to tell if your mint is getting enough light or not is to watch for it becoming lanky and spindly. This happens to most plants when they are trying to reach for more light.
Mint will grow in just about any container that you have available. I’ve seen people plant it in old tupperware containers before. You should try to get as large of a container as you can. Remember, mint wants to spread like wildfire. So if you put it in a pot that is too small, you will need to divide it more often to keep it from getting root bound.
You can follow the directions on the How to Grow Mint page. Other than the fact that it is inside and you need to watch the amount of light the plants are getting, the process is the same for how to grow mint indoors. If you are going to start your plants from seeds, start them in a large shallow pan or a seed starting tray and transplant the strongest of the seedlings into a larger pot when they are an inch or two tall. Just remember, if your mint gets enough light and water, it will take over whatever pot you put it in.
Get ready for your friends
One word of advise for you if you are going to grow mint indoors, make sure you have more than you actually need. Your friends that come over will see you growing it and they will want to get cuttings from you to start their own. Then you can teach them how to grow mint indoors!