Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Growing Mint Inside During the Winter

Growing Mint Inside During the WinterIn the past I have tried to grow various herbs inside during the winter without success. Here is my first successful venture. I rooted this from some mint I bought during the fall, by simply putting it into a glass of water on my plant shelf until roots had formed. Then I potted it up.

Mint likes a lot of water - in nature, it will grow right up to the edge or even into the shallows of small streams or ponds. So I just water it whenever I pass by and think of it. On the other hand it's pretty tough stuff - My sweetie was doing some painting, and for a month in the late fall my living room was so full of scaffolding, drop cloths, paint cans, etcetera, that I could not get anywhere near my plant stand without a considerable amount of acrobatics. I think it got watered once during this period. It wasn't happy, but it survived. I'm also going to give it a little fertilizer soon, which is something that is a good idea with any plant that produces a lot of leaf growth, especially if you are nipping some of it off on a regular basis.

My plant stand has fluorescent plant lights, and this has also contributed to the health of the mint. Even with a south-facing window, some extra light is a good thing during the darkest days of the winter.

Now that I have successfully managed to grow mint, I'm looking forward to trying some other herbs again.

1 comment:

pouletsecret said...

Congratulations! If you're inspired, let me tell you that one of my very first plants happened to be a rosemary plant that I've kept going for six years with Western exposures, Northern exposures, Eastern exposures, virtually no exposure, etc.
When you compare it to a vibrant, healthy plant that's been growing in a garden or a greenhouse, it looks pretty pathetic, but it means you'll always have fresh rosemary on hand.