Can mountain mint be divided?

Answered by Stephen Mosley

Mountain mint can be divided. Dividing mountain mint is a great way to propagate the plant and create new plants for your garden. This process is best done in early Spring when the plant has just emerged and the soil is cool and moist.

To divide mountain mint, start by carefully digging up the plant. Use a garden fork or shovel to gently lift the entire clump out of the ground, being careful not to damage the roots. Once the plant is lifted, you can begin dividing it.

One method of dividing mountain mint is to separate the clump into smaller sections. You can do this by gently pulling apart the roots or by using a sharp knife or garden shears to cut through the clump. Aim to create sections that have a good amount of roots and foliage.

After dividing the clump, you can choose to pot up the transplants or replant them directly in your garden. If potting up the transplants, use a well-draining potting mix and place each section in its own pot. Water the transplants thoroughly and place them in a location with bright, indirect light.

If replanting the divided sections in your garden, prepare the new planting area by loosening the soil and adding compost or other organic matter to improve drainage and fertility. Dig a hole for each section, making sure it is large enough to accommodate the roots. Place the section in the hole, making sure the roots are spread out, and backfill with soil. Water the newly planted sections well to help them establish.

Dividing mountain mint not only allows you to create new plants, but it can also help rejuvenate older or overcrowded clumps. By dividing the plant, you are giving it more space to grow and ensuring its long-term health.

It’s worth mentioning that mountain mint is a hardy perennial plant that can tolerate a wide range of growing conditions. It prefers full sun to partial shade and well-draining soil. Once established, mountain mint is relatively low-maintenance and can attract beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies to your garden.

In my personal experience, I have successfully divided mountain mint by carefully lifting the clumps and separating them into smaller sections. I have found that Spring is the best time to do this, as the plants are just starting to grow and the soil is still cool and moist. The divided sections have grown well and adapted quickly to their new locations in my garden.

Dividing mountain mint is a simple and effective way to propagate the plant and create more beautiful and beneficial additions to your garden.