Are you obsessed with mint like I am? You probably have a mint plant in your backyard or a small space in your home and wondering if you should water your plant everyday.
I get you. I used to use mint on everything. Mint on drinks, mint on soups, mint on viands, mint on desserts and many more. I’ve been exactly where you are right now. I also have a mint plant to supply all the mints that I fancy.
Planting mint could be really beneficial, especially if you use it every time. It comes in handy when you’re preparing a delicious dish or just wanted to make yourself a fresh mint tea. It’s vibrant strong taste is perfect for yogurt sauce, cold sorbet, or even a braised lamb.
It also has a lot of benefits for your health. I relieve different health conditions like indigestion, stress headache, anxiety, and others. It has a calming scent and a calming effect on your health problems.
Planting and maintenance is actually easy to do, so if you haven’t tried it yet, you better start now!
To help you maintain your mint plant, I’ll give you some of the most important tips to ensure that your mint plant is getting enough care and maintenance for it to thrive.
And by maintenance, I meant watering. Watering your plant is very important in mint plants. Just like other plants, proper watering could make or break your plant. Basically, if you overdo it, your plant will eventually die. And if you underwater it, it would definitely wilt.
But keep in mind that mint plants are different. They need a lot of water in order to thrive. They do not require a specific amount of sunlight or space, but water is paramount to their growth.
So now that we’ve established the basics of utilization of water in your plant, here are some of the specifics you need to remember.
Come on get your paper and pen and let’s get into details.
Mint Needs Good Drainage
Although this plant’s maintenance requirement boils down only to proper watering, it should still be grown with good drainage. Mints natural environment is along stream banks wherein moisture is coupled with good drainage.
Now, Planting with good drainage could be on about two factors. This could be the container or the soil. For mint plants, both container and soil should be conducive for drainage of excess water.
With that, make sure to find a plant container with drainage holes. This would make it easy for excess water to be removed automatically from the soil.
Moreover, you should also use well-draining soil when planting mint. While watering is very important in this plant, you don’t want to clog the soil with too much water. Enough moisture should keep the plant from continuously thriving.
Your mind might be puzzled right now thinking how mint plants only need a lot of water to thrive, yet it also needs good drainage. Conflicting? It actually isn’t.
Basically, this plant needs enough moisture on the soil at all times without clogging the soil or roots of the soil. Therefore, good drainage is very important.
So what’s the best practice for watering mint plants?
When Is The Best Time To Water My Mint Plants?
Although this plant needs a lot of water to thrive, you don’t have to water the plant a lot times in a day. Just water the plant first thing in the morning.
Through this, the plant could have enough stock water to get it through the day. If you feel that the soil is dry, you could definitely water again in the afternoon.
Make sure to check the soil of your plant by sticking your finger into the soil. If you feel that the soil is dry or just slightly moist, add water again in the afternoon. This is especially advisable to areas with hot weather.
The longer sun exposure and hot temperature could dry out your soil. That’s why it is important to regularly check the texture of your soil.
Now that we’ve already discussed the water requirements of mint, let’s move on to other environmental factors that might affect its growth.
Temperature And Sunlight
Water is the most important factor to consider in planting mint plants; temperature and sunlight could also have little effect on its growth. Just like other plants, mint plants are affected by these environmental factors.
As mentioned, temperature surrounding the mint plant could affect the frequency of watering. It could also affect the quality of the plant. That’s why you should also look out for these environmental factors.
Mint plants are cool loving plants. They thrive better in areas with cold temperatures; they could even withstand light frosts brought by winter. The cold temperatures are also conducive in maintaining the moisture in soil.
On the other hand, hot temperatures could greatly affect the moisture of the soil since it could result in evaporation of water in soil.
But if you’re living in a hot temperature area, you could still try planting mint plants. Just monitor the moisture in your soil. You coul s use your finger or a stick to ensure that soil is still moist enough for the plant.
On a different matter, mint plants could grow on different sun exposures. However, this plant would grow best in partial sunlight with partial shade.
If you already have a plant that is directly receiving full sun exposure, you might want to rethink that. Although mint plants could grow under full sun exposure, it would not yield the same results.
Unfortunately, mint plants with full sun exposure produce smaller leaves than usual.
While these are just some of the most important factors that could affect the growth of your plant, your success is determined mostly by the amount of moisture in the soil.
But how do you make sure that you’re watering your mint plants properly?
Am I Overwatering My Mint Plant?
If you’re overwatering your mint plant, it would tell you. You would notice yellowing of leaves and weakening of stems. You could also see the droopy exterior of the plant.
This type of appearance is also vulnerable to a lot of diseases caused by fungi and bacteria that are moist loving like your mint plant. Your plant could suffer from mint rust, powdery mildew, black stem rot, verticillium wilt, leaf blight, and many more.
To prevent these diseases from occurring, just remove the damaged areas of the mint plant. If the disease has already taken over your plant, use fungicides to help you manage the occurrence.
Also, adjust your watering practices. Instead of watering, two times a day reduce the frequency or reduce the amount of water you are pouring. Make sure also that the soil is well draining and no obstructions are blocking the drainage.
You should also adjust your watering time to let the water from the first watering dry out before even adding water to the soil.
Am I Under Watering My Mint Plant?
Underwatering your mint plant could also pose a lot of serious issues to your plant. This could result in yellowing of bottom leaves, wilting of leaves, and drying of other plant parts.
Since water is mostly used in the leaf area. Yep, let’s go back to your botany class. Leaves store resources like water to make food for the plant.
Therefore, water deficiency is highly visible on the leaves of your plant. So if you’re looking for early signs of this problem, you may want to direct your eyes on the leaves.
Moreover, signs of underwatering will also be visible in your roots. The roots of the mint plants might protrude in its search for water. If you see visible roots above the surface of the soil, you may want to revisit your watering practices.
Cover the visible roots with soil and revisit your watering practices.
To avoid these symptoms from happening, water your plant thoroughly and ensure that the soil of the plant is properly moist. How to make sure? Use a stick or your finger to feel the moistness of the soil. If it’s too dry or slightly moist, start watering the plant again.
Make sure that you adjust to the current weather situation. If you’re watering your plant once during winter, you should not water it once during summer. Be sure that you adapt to the situation.
This plant is truly versatile in use and rewarding in consumption. It is truly easy to plant and maintain as long as you stay informed and adaptive to your situation.
While water is the most integral ingredient in their growth; there are many ways you could screw things up over. Other environmental factors still play a great part in ensuring that this plant could produce big and healthy mint leaves.
So don’t worry! With the proper knowledge and adaptive measures to manage these environmental factors, you are well on your way to your first harvest of mint leaves.