Mint Leaves are used in many different Cuisines around the World. Indian Cuisine uses the fragrant Mint Leaves for flavoring Biryanis and curries, making Chutneys, refreshing teas and lemon juice and so on. There are different types of Mint like Spearmint, Peppermint etc.
This year I started growing Mint Leaves on my Patio. Mint flourishes in summer and requires little care. We bought a small Mint Plant from Walmart during spring. We divided the mint and planted it in two 6″ containers and placesd it on our Patio. Within a few weeks, leaves grew and spread in the container and we began using it.
Tips for Growing Mint Plants
- You can grow Mint indoors. Be sure to place it near a window where there is adequate light.
- If growing outdoors, place the container in a cool or shaded spot.
- Do not allow the soil to dry out. Ensure that the soil is evenly moist.
- While harvesting mint leaves, trim the sprigs with big leaves so that the smaller leaves grow.
- Prune the plant regularly to ensure growth of new leaves.
- You can propagate mint by cutting a sprig and placing it in a glass of water or soil so that roots grow on the sprig.
- You need to divide and re-pot the mint into 2 or 3 containers every year so that it grows well.
- You can continue growing mint indoors in winter on a sunny wind-sill. The plant may appear to die but will revive itself.
- You can dry or freeze mint leaves for later use.