How to Grow Fresh Mint in Pot? Fertilization | Pest Control

Who doesn’t like a little mint? It is such an aromatic herb with a refreshing feel. Be it in a mojito, ice tea, chutney or even in biriyani, mint never fails to impress us. What if mint grows like a bouquet in a pot at home?

What is much better than mint? Home-grown mint!

Why you should grow mint at home?

  1. It is good for health as it is free from any pesticides and fertilizers. Mint and coriander leaves are the most pesticide sprayed herbs in the market.
  2. Mint is a perennial that produces new foliage all year long making it one of the easiest herbs to grow inside.
  3. All you need to grow mint indoors is to give the plant enough light and consistent moisture.
  4. Mint also makes a surprisingly beautiful houseplant.
  5. And obviously for the fragrance and flavour!

How should you get a sapling?

  1. Get a seedling from a nearby nursery or from an acquaintance.
  2. Seedlings can also be made by rooting in good green stalks purchased from the market.
  3. It can be rooted in a small bag filled with the potting mixture by rubbing the ends of the cut stalk with the Herbal Root Growth Stimulator purchased from agri-market stores used for rooting.
  4. Once it is rooted and the new leaves sprout, it should be transplanted into a pot filled with potting mixture.

How to prepare potting mixture?

The potting mixture should be prepared using soil, coir pith, cow dung powder about one-third of the amount of soil along with 50grms of neem cake and 50grms of lime per pot. Fill the pot with the mixture and plant up to three rooted seedlings in a pot.

How to take care of it?

  1. Mint requires good amount of sunlight but it can grow in shade too.
  2. A mixture of diluted cow urine, cattle feed, groundnut cake can be given once in two weeks along with the diluted and filtered cow dung solution.
  3. Add some organic manure granules once in two weeks.
  4. Watering should be done carefully, only the right amount. Water the plant only when the soil feels dry to the touch and the pot is light.
  5. Regular “haircuts” are necessary to keep your mint plant bushy and to encourage new growth. Use a pair of herb scissors or needle-nose pruners to trim the stems back on a regular basis, ideally once every few weeks.

Any concerns?

Stem rot disease
Add neem cake in the potting mix before planting and then 50 g of neem cake should be added to a pot every twenty days.

Sticky larvae
The main enemy of mint is the larvae that infest the leaves which result in the destruction of plants. Spraying neem oil-based pesticides and Bird’s Eye Chili -laundry soap solution twice a week can resist the pests.