Growing Peppermint Indoors - Knowledgebase Question

Rochester, NY
Question by mk005g
December 13, 1999
I just purchased a peppermint plant from garden.com. I planted it in a pot in my dorm room. It has begun to wither after a few days. I get plenty of sun in my window, except for the winter season which is what we are in. The plant itself has begun losing leaves, they have been drying out and turning more yellow than green. I keep the soil moist, yet drained. What would you suggest for raising a black stem peppermint plant in a dorm room while in college?


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Answer from NGA
December 13, 1999

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Mint grows in full sun to part shade outdoors, so the more light you can give your plant the better, especially in the winter. You might try supplementing the winter daylight with a regular light bulb, a pair of fluorescent bulbs (one warm and one cool), or possibly a gro-bulb.

Based on your description, I suspect the plant is overwatered and is also adjusting to its new growing conditions -- remember that it came out of ideal conditions and will need to adapt to the less than ideal setting it has now. With a little patience and a little luck it may pull through.

Mint grows in full sun to part shade outdoors, so the more light you can give your plant the better, especially in the winter. You might try supplementing the winter daylight with a regular light bulb, a pair of fluorescent bulbs (one warm and one cool), or possibly a gro-bulb.

Based on your description, I suspect the plant is overwatered and is also adjusting to its new growing conditions -- remember that it came out of ideal conditions and will need to adapt to the less than ideal setting it has now. With a little patience and a little luck it may pull through.

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