Here a Mint, There a Mint: How do you keep the mints in the pots?

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Here a Mint, There a Mint

By Sharon
February 17, 2014

Everywhere a mint mint! With apologies to Old MacDonald, let's dig a little deeper into the invasive tactics of a delightful herb named Mentha.

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Name: Carl Boro
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coboro
Dec 15, 2014 3:25 PM CST
Sharon, I was rereading your mint article and a question occurred to me. How do you keep the mints from crawling out the holes in the bottom of the pot. I line my pots with landscape fabric and still things grow out of the pot or grow into the pot. How do you keep the mint roots in the pot? Do you just keep the pots on a concrete surface?

I like mint, but I am afraid to try it. I would especially like to try the chocolate mint (I'm an admitted chocoholic).
Carl
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Sharon
Dec 15, 2014 4:39 PM CST
Hi Carl,
You are about half right, I keep the pots on a brick patio and also keep them in those little water saucers that fit beneath the pot. I do have a lot still running loose in my yard, thanks to my ignorance a few decades ago, but the chocolate mint as well as one that tastes like a citrus-y mint live in the pots. It works for me. I have no idea what the citrus-y mint is, but if there is a lemon/lime Mentha, I have it. It was a gift, unlabeled, so it could very well be just about anything in the mint family.
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Name: Carl Boro
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coboro
Dec 15, 2014 5:51 PM CST
Thanks. Saucers under the pots never occurred to me for keeping the roots under control. I use deeper ones when I want a plant to stay moist. I have problems with tree roots getting into my pots. I guess the saucers would work both ways. As Homer Simpson would say "Doh!".
Carl
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Dec 15, 2014 6:19 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
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