Methods for the propagation of peppermint

Methods for the propagation of peppermint

The different methods of propagation

  • Seeds
  • Head cuttings
  • Foothills
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Sow peppermint

You can get seeds from specialist shops or you can leave the flowers to stand in summer so that they are fertilized. In autumn you can simply shake out the seeds.

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Sowing is best done in the spring on the window sill or outdoors after the ice saints. Peppermint is a light germ, so you shouldn't cover the seeds with soil.

Propagation by head cuttings

This method is particularly popular because it is so simple. In June or July, cut the desired number of cuttings from very vigorous plants. The shoots should be between eight and ten centimeters long and have at least four pairs of leaves.

Put the cuttings in potting soil that is mixed with potting soil and sand. Keep it nice and damp, but not wet. You can often put them in the desired location as early as autumn.

Dig up foothills

Peppermint tends to spread through runners. To create a new peppermint bed, dig up the runners and plant them in the desired location. This works almost the whole gardening year without any problems.

Divide the root ball

What you may already know from other perennials in the garden also works with peppermint. Once a plant has grown very large, you can divide it up to get two or more peppermint plants.

To do this, expose the peppermint root ball. Use a sharp spade to prick the plant in two or, in the case of very large balls, in several parts. Make sure that enough roots and shoots remain on each section.

Put the thus propagated plants in the new location. The best time to split the perennials is early autumn.

Tips & Tricks

You should never keep peppermint in the herb bed. The herb does not get along well with many other herbs. In addition, peppermint tends to overgrow, so that it quickly crushes the other plants in the bed.