The Q&A Archives: Why Container Mint Died Over Winter

Question: I transplanted a mint plant from the garden to a plastic pot 2" diameter x 2" high. It did well after transplanting. In the pot was 1/2 leaf compost and 1/2 soil. It died during a relatively mild winter Any ideas? Thanks. D.H. Snook Canal Fulton, OH

Answer: Let me know if I've interpreted your situation incorrectly. It sounds like you transplanted mint to a pot and left the pot outside over the winter. Even hardy plants grown in containers need insulation around the pots, because the roots are more sensitive to cold. They have evolved underground where they're well protected. In the future, sink the pot into the ground for the winter, and that should protect the root system.

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