How to Transplant Mint

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One of the most popular types of herbs to grow in a garden is mint. Learn how to transplant mint with help from the owner of a biodynamic nursery in this free video clip.

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Hi there, Oscar Carmona, owner of Healing Grounds Certified Biodynamic Nursery located in sunny Santa Barbara, California. I'm going to show you both how to transplant and how to separate the mint plant so that you can move it into a smaller container or sufficiently provide the plant with new growth. Mint is a vigorous growing plant. Therefore, it's a plant that you probably never want to plan in the middle of your garden. It grows from cuttings, side shoots as well as from seed. So it can be fairly invasive in a garden setting. It's best planted around a spigot off in the corner somewhere or in a container. When mint plants have sufficient room for their roots to grow they are very happy and you'll get a lot of lush green growth. In a container after a while the plant will start to die back and look really poor and that's for you to know that it's an indicator that the root system inside the plant is pretty much contained, as you can see here and there's no room for it to grow and the plant gets sad because it can't develop further. If you wanted to take this whole plant and plant it into a container like this, that would work wonderfully and then it would have enough room to continue grow and it would get quite lush. Another way of dealing with it and for my purposes I like to make a number of cuttings so you can remove the bottom roots in a fashion like this and it really doesn't hurt the plant. These are the extension roots at the very end of the root system. And you can literally pull apart sections of this plant and the main thing to keep in mind is that whatever container that you put it into you want to make sure that there's enough, visually enough room for the roots to actually be able to fill out that space again and like I said that will make the mint plant very happy. So I'm just taking some time to pull apart the roots that have twined themselves around and round the pot trying to look for more space. It's a vigorous plant so I'm not being as delicate as I might with some other plants. It might look like I'm being rough but the reality is is this is a very hardy plant and the main thing to know is again it needs space. So what I'm going to do is I'm actually going to, this is a large clump, too large for a container like this. We're just basically not giving it much space. So I'm going to reintroduce a section of this plant back into the one gallon pot and I'm going to take the time to fill up around with the soil medium and I want to make sure that this is pretty much at the level that it originally came in the pot. So I'll end up with a container or a pot like this with this mint and it will continue to grow lush and green very quickly upon transplant. As I said it's a very hardy plant and it's main drawback is it doesn't get enough water or it doesn't have enough room to grow. So transplanting mint is really a critical way of keeping your mint plant looking wonderful year round. I'm Oscar Carmona for Healing Grounds Certified Biodynamic Nursery located in sunny Santa Barbara, California. Happy gardening.

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