The Q&A Archives: Growing Mint Indoors

Question: I recently purchased silver mint, ginger mint and peppermint plants, potted them in containers for indoor growing, and placed them in a south-facing window. Though they are perennials, will they flourish year-round if kept indoors? What can I do to keep them healthy and maximize their aroma?

Answer: In a very bright sunny window they should do fairly well, although they will do better if allowed to summer outdoors. Mint prefers a moist, well-drained soil with a good fertility level. Keeping the room temperature fairly cool and maintain good humidity and air circulation. Pinch them back to keep them compact; otherwise they'll get leggy and spill over the edge of their pots. Their aromatic oils tend develop best when the plants are grown outdoors, where they have a good living soil and are subjected to the elements. Some varieties are stronger-scented than others. Enjoy your mints!

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