How to Grow Mint Indoors?

No matter your experience (or lack thereof), cultivating mint indoors is a fantastic way to enjoy its benefits right in the comfort of your own home.

From potting soil to stem cutting, and to how to keep the soil moist for optimal growth, we have the tips you need to get you freshly grown mint in only a couple of weeks. And with Gardyn, our innovative solutions may just be your perfect companion for your culinary expedition.

Let’s delve into the world of indoor herb garden cultivation and unlock the full potential of this delightful herb to spark your inner chef.

DAYS TO SPROUT

10 - 21 DAYS

MATURE IN

60 - 76 DAYS

TASTE IT FOR

4 - 12 WEEKS

Table of Contents

Care & Harvest

🌡️ Temperature

Mint thrives in cooler temperature ranges of 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit.

✂️ Pruning

Pruning involves the removal of leaves displaying brown spots as they emerge. Additionally, it is recommended to conduct monthly root inspections and trim any roots that are brown or extending beyond the yPod.

🔎 Plant Health

Spider mites often pose a common pest problem, but you can employ our prevention and treatment techniques to effectively control and prevent infestations.

🥬 Harvest

You can either pinch off individual leaves or utilize clean shears to trim stems above the growth nodes. Once the plant reaches a height of 8 inches, you can start pruning larger outer leaves. However, it is important to harvest only up to a third of the plant’s height at a time to ensure ongoing growth.

Why Grow Mint Indoors?

Packed with the freshness of a cool sea breeze, mint is a coveted herb that packs a tingly sweet flavor that lingers on the tongue. Incorporated into salads, infused to make syrup, or used to counterbalance strong tasting meats (e.g. lamb), mint is an undeniable go-to for all your culinary endeavors. However, if you’re still hesitant to embark on your indoor mint gardening journey, we’re here to provide you with a multitude of benefits for starting your indoor mint oasis.

Get mint whenever you want it

By growing mint plants indoors, you have easy access to one of the freshest herbs on the market and right in your home, all year-round. No need to step outside or visit a grocery store every time you need a sprig of mint. You can have a steady supply of mint plants, straight at home, even during winter when the colder temperatures prevent this herb from flourishing.

Add flavor and versatility to your meals

When you grow mint indoors, you can harvest it at its peak freshness! As edible plants, mint embodies vibrant flavor and nothing will elevate your culinary senses more than the aroma of freshly picked mint leaves. From mint-infused water and iced teas to savory dishes like salads, soups, and stir-fries, mint adds a refreshing and invigorating touch to your cooking exploits.

Enjoy an eco-friendly gardening experience

Indoor gardening reduces your carbon footprint by minimizing transportation and packaging associated with store-bought herbs. Bye Bye overpriced grocery produce! Additionally, growing mint indoors allows you to avoid the use of harmful pesticides and herbicides often found in intensive and commercial cultivation. That’s why it’s important to start with non-GMO and locally grown seeds. With Gardyn, seed selection is prime and flavor is guaranteed.

Boost your air quality

Mint plants have natural air-purifying properties as they release oxygen and filter out pollutants, improving air quality. What better way to enjoy your time at home than breathing in fresh, mint-infused air.

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What do You Need to Grow Mint Indoors?

Growing mint indoors is a rewarding and accessible way to have heavenly freshness at your fingertips. To ensure optimal growth and guarantee that your mint indoor garden will thrive, there are a few essential tips to know:

  • Different varieties of mint exist, here are the most common types: apple mint, peppermint, chocolate mint, spearmint…Select the type of mint plant that suits your preferences and growing conditions;
  • Use large enough well-draining containers or pots with adequate drainage holes;
  • Use a high-quality potting mix that provides good drainage while retaining moisture;
  • Place your mint in a location where it’ll get indirect light for at least 4-6 hours per day.

If you want to grow mint indoors quickly and easily, learn more about the features available from Gardyn’s Home Kit 3.0! Equipped with a self-contained and self-sustaining indoor gardening system right in your own home, all indoor gardening headaches like separate containers, complicated setups, and constant monitoring are thrown out the window. Everything you need is conveniently integrated into one sleek and compact unit.

How to Plant Mint Indoors

You may be inches away from getting your first harvested mint, but never forget that these herbs can only flourish under certain growing conditions.

Step 1: Prepare your containers

First of all, select a suitable container for planting mint indoors. Mint likes spaces: make sure to give your new plants enough of it, so they can grow and thrive. New mint plants can be grown in a planter or a pot with good drainage holes is ideal. Make sure to remove any existing plants or debris from the container.

Step 2: Use the Gardyn Home kit with yCubes

If you’re looking for a convenient and efficient way to grow mint indoors, consider using Gardyn’s Home Kit with yCubes. These pre-seeded, soil-less pods contain a balanced mix of nutrients for optimal plant growth.

Choose from 100+ herbs, fruits, vegetables, and flowers — from cherry tomatoes to bunching onions and bok choy — all designed for easy, bountiful indoor harvests. If you’re tired of soiled messes, then this is indoor gardening made easy and convenient for you.

Step 3: Find the perfect location

As these plants can tolerate partial shade, mint is a go-to for novice gardeners who are hesitant about their potential green thumb capabilities. Choose an indoor environment such as a room filled with sun (e.g. kitchen), a well-lit windowsill, or an area near a sunny window, so that the plant can get at least 4-6 hours of light per day.

Step 4: Huzzah! Time to plant your mint

Finally, gently remove the mint plants/seeds from their container, remove the mint stem from the cuttings or take the mint seeds. Place them in the holes and fill them with soil. Lightly press the soil around the seeds to ensure good stability.

How to Care for Your Mint

Caring for your mint plants is essential to ensure their health and longevity. Whether you choose to grow mint indoors using traditional methods or with the help of Gardyn’s innovative technology, proper plant care will guarantee only abundant mint leaves.

To ensure your first sprout of healthy mint leaves within only two weeks, keep these useful tips in mind:

  • Water your mint plant when the top inch of soil feels dry. Use a glass of water to keep a moist soil and avoid overwatering. Ensure the presence of proper drainage holes to prevent waterlogged roots, as they can cause root rot;
  • Mint plants thrive under moderate temperatures (ideally between 60 °F and 70 °F). Keep humidity level around 40 or 50% to mimic a typical environment outdoors.
  • Regularly prune your mint plants to encourage bushy growth and prevent them from becoming leggy.
  • Apply a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer once a month during the growing season to provide essential nutrients.
  • Keep an eye out for common garden pests such as aphids, spider mites, fungus gnats, and whiteflies. If detected, use organic pest control methods or insecticidal soap to protect your mint plants.

Has the thought of indoor gardening autopilot been floating around in your head? Gardyn’s smart hydroponic system is exactly that. With the latest in Hybriponic™ technology, watering and nutrients are delivered automatically, ensuring your mint plants receive the right amount plant food without any effort on your part.

Fresh Flavors Right at Home

With mint, you can add delicious aroma to your home and a daring splash of freshness to your dishes.

Brighten up your meals

Green leaves from mint plants are fantastic additions to vegetables, fruit salads, and homemade lemonades, and ice teas, providing pop to your concoctions. Create a delicious and vibrant mint pesto by blending fresh mint leaves, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, and a squeeze of lemon juice. This versatile sauce can be used as a dip, spread, or tossed with pasta for a quick and flavorful meal.

Want to prepare a snack that is enjoyable not just for your children but also for the inner child in you? Incorporate mint into desserts such as ice cream, sorbets, or chocolate brownies. The combination of chocolate and mint creates a delightful flavor contrast.

Infuse mint leaves in hot water to make a soothing cup of mint tea. Collect a handful of fresh leaves and place them in a cup filled with hot water. Let it sit for 5–10 minutes, strain, and enjoy.

Mint Recipe: Refreshing Mint-Lemonade Spritzer

Here’s an example of how to incorporate mint leaves to a normal recipe to add flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves;
  • 4–5 lemons juiced;
  • 4 cups cold water;
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (adjust to taste);
  • Ice cubes;
  • Soda water or sparkling water;
  • Lemon slices and mint leaves for garnish.

Instructions:

  • In a pitcher, muddle the fresh mint leaves gently to release their essential oils;
  • Add lemon juice, cold water, and granulated sugar to the pitcher. Stir until the sugar dissolves;
  • Fill glasses with ice cubes and pour the mint-lemonade mixture over the ice;
  • Top each glass with soda water or sparkling water for a fizzy twist;
  • Garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves;
  • Stir gently, and your refreshing mint-lemonade spritzer is ready to be enjoyed!

Start Your Journey Towards Fresh, Homegrown Mint Today!

Growing mint plants indoors offers a host of benefits, from the convenience of having fresh herbs within arm’s reach to the assurance of organic, chemical-free produce.

With Gardyn’s indoor gardening solutions and advanced gardening technology, you can effortlessly cultivate mint and other herbs, vegetables, and even fruits in almost any indoor environment.

Enjoy the pleasure of growing your own mint, elevating your culinary creations with its invigorating flavor and scent, and embrace a sustainable and environmentally conscious lifestyle with indoor gardening solutions! For example, at Gardyn, Gardyners can take advantage of a membership program where they can get additional tips to add to their recipe collections.

Gardyn is amongst the best for leading the way in revolutionizing the way we cultivate and eat food. Join us today and try our hydroponic indoor grow kit.

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