Tips and How-tos

How to propagate mint from a cutting

Mint can be found all over Middle Eastern cuisine: in savory dishes like tabbouleh or made into sweet tea (or ice cream!). It is also one of the easiest plants to grow as it is hearty, can live in full or semi-sun conditions, and grows like an absolute weed.

While some gardeners believe that to grow a strong mint plant you should transplant a cutting directly into soil. But others have been using water to propagate mint for years. It really is as easy as buying a bag of fresh mint from the Shuk (or grocery store).

Pick a healthy looking stem with several bright green leaves near the top.

With a clean pair of scissors, make a slanted cut near the bottom of the stem, preferably close to a leaf node. In this picture, I really should have cut closer to the node. Try to be less than an inch below a nubbin’, as you will be planting this underground.

Stick into a glass of water and watch the roots grow!

The water needs to be changed every day or two until the roots begin to set, but this should not take long- maybe a week or two depending on the health and species of your original mint plant. Your cutting can then be transferred from the water to a small (or large) container with potting soil. It’s best to plant the mint alone as it will TAKE OVER. This is great if you want a huge mint bush to use readily for meals and tea, but not so great for other plants grown in proximity.

For other gardening tips or ideas, check out You Grow Girl, a great website for Urban Gardeners.

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