How to Trim Mint Plants


Mint is one of the easiest herbs to grow on any landscape or garden, and flourish like crazy. It is also an ideal addition to a garden because of the pretty green leaves, fresh minty aroma, and the chance to harvest a lot of mint for cooking if desired. Mint is a perennial, and will return year after year. It is important to trim mint plants to keep them in check and healthy.

Step 1

Harvest sprigs of mint throughout the growing season for fresh cooking ingredients or to add to beverage such as iced tea or mojitos. Do this by cutting sprig halfway down and pinching off the leaves.

Step 2

Pinch the ends of the stems off every spring season. This helps ensure that the mint plant will grow healthy and bushy. Since mint blooms from June to September, it is important to trim these back before the buds open to prevent rapid spreading.

Step 3

Make sure to pull up runners that thrive along the ground by trimming them back to the root and pulling them up. This helps the mint from becoming woody. If you feel the mint is spreading too much, use the pruning scissors to trim back the plant to the base.

Step 4

Prune the mint plants back to ground level at the end of winter each year, and spread a layer of compost on top.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning scissors
  • Compost


  • Caring for Mint
  • Pruning Mint Herb Plants
Keywords: trimming herbs, growing mint plants, pruning mint

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