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rucharaje
Jun 5, 2020 7:57 PM CST
I got a mint plant and it was good for 1 week. I've watered it whenever the soil felt dry. It doesn't get bright sunlight but is in a well lit spot. It's limp now and I don't know what's wrong.
It also has some brown leaves.
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oneeyeluke
Jun 6, 2020 2:28 AM CST
They need a little morning sun.
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gardenfish
Jun 6, 2020 2:52 AM CST
Believe it or not, that may not be enough water. Mints are water hogs. Mine are outside, and I water them every day, sometimes twice a day. It seems when they're kept in pots, as yours is and mine are, they need more water than when planted in the ground. Very true of a lot of plants.
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PlantingOaks
Jun 6, 2020 8:02 AM CST
Also, I would expect mint would want more sun than that? I don't have experience with it as a houseplant, but it I know it will take full sun outside, and places that look 'bright' inside to us may in fact be too dark for most plants.
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gardenfish
Jun 6, 2020 9:40 AM CST
Well, that could depend on the strength of the sun. Mine are outside, and in the Spring they were in full sun. As the season progressed, I noticed them getting sunburn so I moved them to a place with morning sun only. I have a friend who grows hers in total shade. I think they could take a lot of different light conditions.
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PlantingOaks
Jun 6, 2020 9:56 AM CST
good point. probably depends on the variety of mint too. I just know houses are often darker than people realize. Compare a 'bright' shady window to literally staring at the sun!
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gardenfish
Jun 6, 2020 12:50 PM CST
Oh, yeah. I have a hoya that usually resideS quite happily in a south window, inside, which is very bright. And I normally put it outside for the summer. However, last year I couldn't put it where I usually do, I had to hang it up somewhere else, and it got a bad case of sunburn!
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