HOW TO PLANT
Fill your jar up with the soil. Lightly water and moisten fresh soil mix . Sprinkle seeds onto the soil and place at a temperature of 20-23°C .Do not cover the seeds; they need light to germinate. They should sprout within 15-20 days at room temperature or slightly warmer (20 to 23°C). You can transplant into the garden or container when they have at least 2 sets of true leaves so that they can have grow strong roots.
TIP: Reuse one of the seal-able bags and place over the jar to create moisture and help germinate. Once seeds start to grow you can take this off 🙂
WHERE TO PLACE
Place in a warm window with a light exposure. Avoid drafty windows or places where temperatures drop considerably at night. As the plants grow, rotate the pots to keep them from leaning in one direction, toward the light. If you are using grow lights, set a timer so that they are on for 14 hours a day. Place the lights a few inches above the seedlings, raising the lights as the plants grow. If the plants look leggy, move the lights closer. If you see white spots on the leaves, the lights are too close. Use scissors to thin crowded seedlings.
WHEN TO WATER
Keep the soil moist, but not soaking wet. If the plants start to look crowded as they grow, use scissors to thin them out.
- Harvest sprigs from the plant as you need them all season long.
- Try to pick mint in the morning, when the flavorful oils are strongest.
- Plant your mint where passersby will brush the foliage, which releases its heady aroma.
- For new plants from your old ones, root a stem cutting in a glass of water, or divide the entire plant into sections and replant each division.
- Mint thrives best in partial shade and rich, moist soil. However, it is famously unfussy, so chances are it will not only survive but flourish in any light from full sun to deep shade, and any quality of soil provided the drainage is decent. Many gardeners deliberately plant it in less favorable conditions to slow down its spread!
- Space plants 12 to 18 inches apart in the garden.
- Throughout the growth months, pinch off the tips of the stems. This makes your plant bushier and less leggy.
- Avoid using fertilizer on mint.