Rooting Mint

  1. Start with fresh tender sprigs of mint taken from the top of the plant.
  2. Fill a jar with water. A pint canning jar works well for fairly tall sprigs of mint.  Otherwise use a shorter jar.
  3. Strip off all the leaves from the part of the mint stem that will be under water. Three pairs of leaves should be left above the water.
  4. Completely change the water in the jar every three or four days.
  5. Set the jar in the shade most of the day, but in sunshine for a half hour in the morning and a half hour in the late afternoon.
  6. After a week or two the mint will begin to show tiny white roots.
  7. Wait until the mint has a whole bunch of long white roots. Now you can pot the mint or plant it in your garden.

Potting Mint

  1. Select a pot with drainage holes in it.
  2. Put some gravel or small stones in the bottom of the pot.
  3. Fill the pot to the top with potting soil and thoroughly wet it.
  4. Dig a hole deep enough for the mint roots to be completely covered and gently place the mint sprig in the hole.
  5. Fill in the hole around the mint.
  6. Give the pot full sunlight for a few days then full sunlight. Do not let the soil dry out. 

Planting Mint in Your Garden

  1. Start with rich loose garden soil. If necessary amend your garden soil with something like Miracle-Gro Garden soil.
  2. Dig a hole deep enough for the mint roots to be completely covered
  3. Thoroughly wet the soil in the hole.
  4. Gently place the mint sprig in the hole.
  5. Fill in the hole around the mint.
  6. In very hot weather you may need to shade the mint during the hottest part of the day. The easiest way to do this is cut a portion of a box out on one side for ventilation and set the box over the mint.  Set a brick or rock on top of the box so it won’t blow away.