How do you water potted mint?

Answered by Edward Huber

When it comes to watering potted mint, it’s important to pay attention to the soil moisture and the weight of the pot. Mint plants prefer to be kept slightly on the drier side, so it’s best to water them only when the soil feels dry to the touch. This means sticking your finger about an inch into the soil and checking for moisture. If the soil feels dry, it’s time to water the plant.

To water indoor mint plants, I recommend moving the pot to the sink or bathtub. This way, any excess water can easily drain away without causing a mess. Once you have the pot in a suitable location, turn on the water to a gentle flow. Avoid using high-pressure sprays as they can dislodge the soil or damage the plant.

Hold the pot under the running water and allow it to flush through the soil. Make sure you water the plant evenly, ensuring that water reaches all parts of the root system. As you water, observe the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. Keep watering until you see water flowing out freely from these holes. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly saturated and excess water is draining away.

It’s worth mentioning that the frequency of watering may vary depending on factors such as the pot size, the plant’s growth stage, and the environmental conditions. In general, indoor mint plants may need watering once every 1-2 weeks, but always check the soil moisture before watering to avoid overwatering.

Additionally, it’s important to consider the pot’s weight as a clue to the plant’s watering needs. When the soil is dry, the pot will feel lighter compared to when it’s saturated with water. This weight difference can serve as a helpful indicator for when it’s time to water the mint plant again.

Remember, overwatering mint plants can lead to root rot and other issues, so it’s better to err on the side of slightly underwatering rather than overwatering. Mint plants are quite resilient and can tolerate short periods of dryness, but they don’t fare well in consistently waterlogged conditions.

By following these watering tips and being mindful of the plant’s needs, you can help your potted mint thrive and stay healthy.