Growing Mint from Cuttings

I am happy to report that mint has been effective mouse repellent in my garden. In fact I had so much success, I went a little crazy with buying mint plants. Since my last mint post, I bought an additional mojito mint plant and a nice sized chocolate mint plant. Mojito mint by the way is amazing. I can’t believe I was getting by with peppermint in my Mojitos for so long.

Another cost effective way to get mint is to grow from cuttings. I had tried this method before with my African Violets last year without success. However, I read that mint is pretty foolproof. There were two recommended methods and I thought I would do an experiment to see which method was better.

First Method: Cup of Water

1. Cut a fresh, new sprig of mint. Cut end at an angle.
2. Strip 2/3 of the leaves
3. Place in a glass with rooting hormone.

Verdict: In less than a week a mass of roots started to grow. However, the plant was sickly looking and since being transplanted it’s been growing at a slower rate.

Mint Roots

Second Method: Soil and Planting Medium

1. Repeat step one and two from prior instructions.
2. Dip in rooting hormone.
3. Place in soil and dirt mixture.
Verdict: The plants took longer to grow roots and a second set of leaves but the plant was healthier and has filled out nicely since I transplanted it.


I also tried a sand mixture just because I was curious and it was not successful.

Related Links:

1. Make you own root hormone.
2. Share your plants via You Grow Girl
3. Top 12 plants to grow from cuttings.






One response to “Growing Mint from Cuttings”

  1. Rayrena Avatar

    Oh, I didn’t know that it could help with mice! I’m afraid to grow it in the beds because everyone says it’s so invasive. I just bought a plant but didn’t know you could grow it from cuttings. Besides, I wanted the mint to grow right now!

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