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How to Plant Peppermint Cuttings

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Overview

A cross between other mints, peppermint plants are sterile and propagate by division or cuttings. A single peppermint plant is capable of parenting an entire garden or flowerbed. Before you take cuttings, select a healthy peppermint plant free of disease and take the cuttings during the summer. Mint is an invasive plant, and if given the opportunity it will take over the entire garden.

Step 1

Fill the pot with a mixture of equal amounts of peat moss and perlite. Mix well to combine before adding to the pot.

Step 2

Pinch off a stem from a healthy peppermint plant and remove the leaves from its bottom half.

Step 3

Cover the cut end of the stem with rooting hormone.

Step 4

Insert the cut end of the stem into the pot and soil mixture, leaving about 2/3 of the stem above the soil line. Tap the pot gently to set the soil.

Step 5

Water the plant thoroughly so that the soil is well moistened but not muddy.

Step 6

Place the bag over the pot to create a greenhouse and set in an area with filtered sun. Keep spoil moist but not muddy.

Step 7

Remove the plastic bag when new leaf growth appears.

Step 8

Transplant the plant to the garden after the roots are established.

Things You'll Need

  • Small pot
  • Perlite
  • Peat moss
  • Peppermint plant
  • Rooting hormone
  • Gallon-sized plastic bag

References

  • "Herbs" ; James Crockett; 1977
  • "How to Grow Herbs"; Philip Edinger; 1975
  • PennState Department of Horticulture: Peppermint

Who Can Help

  • University of Wisconsin: Peppermint Reproduction
Keywords: propagating peppermint, planting peppermint, growing peppermint plants

About this Author

Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University of Fullerton.

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