Mint is a very useful and aromatic plant. It is added to tea to calm the nerves, improve mood and tune in to a sweet dream. And if you just touch the mint leaves, the space will be filled with a wonderful aroma. Therefore, many people want to know if it is possible to grow mint indoors   (especially in winter), and how to do it. Naturally, for this you need to have information about the basic rules for planting and caring for a plant at home.


You will learn more about how to grow mint indoors in an apartment. 

    Why grow mint in the indoor house? 

    Mint (species of Mentha) is a perennial that produces new foliage year round unless the stems are killed by frost, making it one of the easiest mint herbs to grow indoors.

     There are hundreds of different species, hybrids, and cultivars of mint. Some are more common than others when it comes to their taste and popularity.

     Unlike many other herbs, mint is very easy to grow indoors as long as you give the plant enough light and even moisture (more on both in a later section). 

    Mint is also a surprisingly beautiful houseplant. I love the curly green leaves of the mint and how the stems of some varieties fall down the sides of the pot. I've even had mint plants that bloomed indoors in the middle of winter.

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    Yes, mint is attractive, but most of us don't grow herbs for their good looks. We grow them for their taste, and what could be better than cutting off your own fresh, home-grown mint leaves to make yourself a cup of hot tea on a cold day? Since mint is constantly making new stems and leaves, you will always have a few twigs ready to harvest.

    Another reason to learn how to grow mint indoors is because of its scent. Whenever I need a little pick-me-up on a dreary day, I just pinch off a leaf, rub it between my thumb and forefinger, and breathe it in. 

    The scent of mint is energizing and invigorating. You can even toss a few leaves in your bath water for a fragrant, muscle-soothing bath.

    One final benefit of growing mint indoors is the absence of pests. Aside from the occasional fungus gnat, my mint plants have never been attacked by pests.

    How To Grow Mint Indoors


    The basics of how to grow mint indoors

    To maximize the growth of your indoor mint plant, there are a few things you need to take care of it.

    How much sun does mint need 

    • Sunlight: Mint needs a very bright indoor location. Outdoors, the mint can use a little shade. But inside: the more light, the better. Otherwise the plant will stretch towards the light and become long-legged and pale. Unless you have a sunny, north-facing window that gets sun for most of the day, consider buying a small grow light that you can install over your mint plant.
    • After sowing (planting) your seeds place the pot in direct sunlight. If you do not have an area in your house that receives at least 8 hours of sunlight then I recommend using a grow light.
    • Water: One of the easiest factors to consider when learning how to grow mint indoors is watering. Unlike some other herbs and houseplants, mint is anything but demanding. Yes, you can overwater or underwater it, but neither is easy to do. Mint tolerates both "wet feet" and dry floors. However, I aim for a good balance between the two. Only water the plant when the soil is dry to the touch and the pot is light. To water mint plants, put the pot in the sink or bathtub, turn on the water, and let it flow through the soil and the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot. I rinse the water through the pot three or four times.
    A little fluctuation with day and night temperatures is okay, but it should never dip below 60 degrees.

    If you would like to ensure your pot stays within a 60-70 degree temperature then I recommend purchasing a Heating Mat.

    Heating Mats provide a constant and consistent amount of temperature needed for all types of seed to germinate (grow).


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    This has already been written about earlier, but we will repeat:

    • In winter (as well as in late autumn and early spring), when there is a short daylight hours, it is imperative to supplement plantings in the morning and evening. The rest of the time, it is optimal to place containers with mint on the south, southwest or southeast windows.
    • The temperature should be about + 20 ... + 25 degrees.
    • If you cannot give the plant a full daylight hours (12-16 hours), then the mint will begin to stretch. This can be compensated for by lowering the temperature to +15 .. + 18 degrees, especially in the winter season.

    Note:

    If you do not have an area in your house that receives at least 8 hours of sunlight then I recommend using a grow light.


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    10 tips for growing mint  


    Fresh peppermint in a wooden bowl
    Mint is very versatile [Photo: Oxana Denezhkina / Shutterstock.com]

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    Everyone knows mint: The taste of this variety of mint is well known as chewing gum or tea. But the mint ( mentha ) has much more to offer: from fruity pineapple mint to the popular mojito mint, the plant shows an amazing range of varieties and flavors. 

    And the green herb is also versatile as a medicinal and kitchen plant. So that you can also enjoy the aromatic leaves at home, we show you ten tips for successful cultivation.

    Tip 10: Mint varieties

    Hardly any other plant has such a variety of varieties as mint: From A as in field to Z as in lemon mint, the plant offers a multitude of possibilities.

     And each tastes different: pineapple or grapefruit mint ( Mentha rotundifolia variegata or Mentha suaveolens x piperita ) taste fruity and have the same aroma as their namesake. The famous peppermint, on the other hand, is particularly intense due to its high proportion of essential oils and has a fresh, almost pungent taste.

     Chocolate mint ( Mentha x piperita var. Piperita) smells as good as the name suggests and is a real treat, especially with desserts. That is why you should consider which variety you prefer before buying. The right type of mint is and will ultimately remain a matter of taste.


    If you want seeds that come from reputable companies at a reasonable price and with quick delivery then you want to purchase them from Amazon.



    Pineapple mint
    The pineapple mint actually tastes like pineapple [Photo: ChWeiss / Shutterstock.com]

    Tip 9: the mint and its location

    Mint is not a particularly demanding plant and is therefore ideal for beginners. It especially likes warm and sunny locations, but only as long as it is not directly exposed to the blazing midday sun. But it also usually tolerates partial shade or shade without any problems. 

    Mint likes its soil to be loose and well-drained. If the soil is also rich in nutrients and calcareous, the mint hovers on cloud nine and shoots up particularly quickly.

    To begin, fill your 3-inch pot with about 80% potting mix.

    Tip 8: Attract and multiply mint

    There are three methods to choose from when growing a mint. Of course, you can sow the mint in the classic way; can buy seeds of different varieties in almost every specialty shop. 

    These can be applied directly into the field from the beginning of May or brought forward in the house in early spring. But if you already have a mint at home, you can easily propagate it yourself. 

    If you cut out the rhizomes (i.e. the underground parts of the shoot) over which the mint forms runners, you can grow new plants from them. 

    All you have to do is plant it in a new place and water it well. But the mint can also be propagated with cuttings without any problems. Find out how to properly cut mint here.

    Young peppermint plant in pot
    Peppermint can be propagated in a number of ways [Photo: Sunti / Shutterstock.com]

    Tip: sowing mint is very easy with our plantura herb growing kitThis not only contains seeds for mint, but also for four other aromatic herbs. In addition, you will find everything else you need for cultivation in the set: growing pots, substrate, plant signs and a reusable mini greenhouse.

    Tip 7: mint from the supermarket

    If you miss the time for sowing or prefer to enjoy it without waiting, you can simply buy full-grown mint in the supermarket. But instead of simply throwing away the plastic pots and plant residues after use, you can continue to care for the mint as a pot plant.

     Important here: Do not remove the plastic film immediately, but roll it up a centimeter every day. This gives the sensitive young plants time to gradually get used to the new climate. 

    Regular watering must also not be forgotten (but do not overdo it, otherwise the little plants will perish from waterlogging). Once the plastic film is down, the plants can usually be moved to a new, larger pot without any problems.

    Tip: It is best to use a good herbal soil to give the mint a good start into its second life.

    Peppermint in the supermarket
    The plastic film should not be removed immediately [Photo: Parn Soranut / Shutterstock.com]

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    Tip 6: pot or bed?

    Mint in a pot or in a bed? That is probably a question of faith. But the fact is: the mint feels right at home both in the house and in the garden. A big advantage of the pot, however, is that the mint cannot grow wild.

     In the garden, the fast-growing mint often takes control of the bed and displaces other plants. The only remedy is regular pruning. It can also be a bit more rabid. As a rule, the mint can cope with the maintenance measure without any problems.

     Cold, on the other hand, is not a problem for the mint. In the garden, too, it survives severe frost and icy temperatures. So if you prefer to keep your mint in the garden than in a pot, you don't need to worry in winter either.

    Note : 

    If you are going to plant your mint in a container then I recommend purchasing  Peat Pots from Amazon .


    Grow Peat Pots are great for starting seed or growing very small mint. Your mint will quickly outgrow this pot.


    Peppermint in the pot
    Mint can be planted both in pots and in beds [Photo: IAM PRAWIT / Shutterstock.com]

    Tip 5: pour mint correctly

    Fresh mint is not only a nice change to add to your water - the plant also likes it moist. Especially in summer, the soil around the mint should never dry out completely.

     But waterlogging should also be avoided, otherwise fungal diseases and rot have an easy time. Regular checks and the right mediocrity are therefore required. Also note that potted plants need water more often than their sisters in the bed.

     This is because the water in the pot evaporates faster and is no longer available to the plants. Regular watering is therefore a must.

    Watering can next to pot with peppermint
    Mint in a pot needs more water than in a flower bed [Photo: aprilwilsonphotos / Shutterstock.com]

    Tip 4: fertilize mint

    The easy-care mint is also happy to have a little extra fertilizer every now and then. Organic alternatives such as compost, manure or organic fertilizers have proven to be particularly effective 

    These release the nutrients to the plant more slowly and more evenly, thus ensuring ideal growth. But be careful: Too much of a good thing can also be harmful to mint. If the mint gets too many nutrients, it suddenly shoots up - much to the chagrin of the aroma, which loses intensity due to the rapid growth. 

    Tip 3: the mint and rust mushroom

    The mint is actually extremely beginner-friendly. Not only is it particularly easy to care for, its susceptibility to disease is also not particularly high. 

    Only a rust fungus (also called peppermint rust) can plague the aromatic plant, especially in damp weather. Small, rust-like spots appear on the underside of the leaves, which can spread into bump-like growths. 

    The only thing that helps here is damage limitation: affected leaves should be removed and disposed of immediately. But don't worry: Normally, the lost leaves will grow back healthily within a short period of time.

    Holly with rust fungus on leaf
    In damp weather, rust fungus can form on the leaves [Photo: Kazakov Maksim / Shutterstock.com]

    Tip 2: harvest mint

    There is no right harvest time for mint: the aromatic leaves can be removed from the plant from spring to autumn. The aroma is particularly intense before flowering (i.e. in early summer). 

    Whole shoots as well as individual leaves can be harvested just as they are needed in the kitchen. The last harvest should be brought in in autumn before the first frosts. It is advisable to dry  the excess mint leaves . This way, they keep their fresh aroma and can be used in the kitchen for months.

    Tip 1: use mint

    Mint is extremely diverse: The plant is used not only as a flavor for chewing gum and toothpaste, but also as a dessert, drink or spice. But the mint also cuts a fine figure outside of the kitchen.

     Especially peppermint (and especially the peppermint oil) is a known cure. It relieves gastrointestinal complaints such as bloating or flatulence. 

    But peppermint can also help with colds and coughs and helps to remove the stuck mucus. Lemon mint, on the other hand, ensures quiet nights: its smell is avoided by mosquitoes, so that they soon run away.

    Peppermint oil bottles with leaves
    Peppermint oil is a well-known remedy [Photo: AmyLv / Shutterstock.com]

    The mint is thus a very versatile plant. You can find out how to grow aromatic mint in your own garden in our overview article.


    People Also ask Questions about Indoor  mint growing

    Question: Can you keep mint in the apartment?

    Answer: Keeping mint in your home is not recommended. They need their natural environment. It's too dark in the apartment, the indoor climate is too dry and the mints are susceptible to pests and diseases. If you don't have a garden or balcony, a flower box in front of a window would be a good alternative.

    Question: Do you have to cut mint?

    Answer: It is advisable to cut mint down after flowering. Often the lower leaves are already withered and the plant has put all its power into the flower. Now you can give it a little break and let it drive out again. You can cut them down to 5 cm. They sprout again vigorously so that a second harvest is still possible.

    Question: Should you remove the flowers?

    Answer: No, the flowers should not be removed. They are a valuable source of food for bees and butterflies. In addition, the flowers are to be used in the same way as the leaves. You can sprinkle them in tea or over a salad.

    Question: When is the best time to cut mint?

    Answer: It is best to cut mint after flowering in late July or early August. They should be cut down to a few centimeters. They then sprout again vigorously.



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