The Q&A Archives: Mint Wilting

Question: I bought a small chocolate mint plant in September. I put it in a nice pot and kept it inside in a guest room and kept the door closed because of my cats. It gets a little cold there because of the door being closed. The Mint has started to wilt. First the bigger leaves turned brown, then the small ones, and now, the stems are a little flimsy. Is it dying or is it just a dormant period?

Answer: Based on your description it is difficult to diagnose the problem, but it may be that the mint is suffering from lack of light combined with poor air circulation. In my experience mint does not do very well as a houseplant. It is very cold hardy and so you might consider planting it outdoors so you can enjoy it at its best next summer. If you decide to plant it outside, be aware that it can spread very aggressively. Many gardeners find it does well in a large container such as a whiskey barrel or else in a bucket sunk into the ground. (Make a few drainage holes in the bottom of the bucket and keep an eye out for wayward shoots.)

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