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sa46851
Aug 7, 2017 5:10 AM CST
Hello

I have planted some mint seeds in a couple of pots and fortunately they germinated within a reasonable length of time (4 or 5 days, if I remember correctly). But the sprouts are somehow slow to grow: it is a week now but they seem to grow very slowly. I wonder if that is natural for the mint?

I have used good quality soil - at least I was told so - and water the small pots every day. And I have put the pots behind the window on a table.

Here is a photo:
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Any suggestions for their faster growth?

Thanks



Name: Michelle
Pleasant Lake MI (Zone 6a)
Region: Michigan Canning and food preservation Keeper of Poultry Herbs Organic Gardener Butterflies
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Mizshelli
Aug 7, 2017 5:28 AM CST
First of all, congratulations on getting mint seeds to sprout! I've never had any luck with them. My experience with mint is very different than yours. My mint seems to grow pretty fast. I always just take cuttings to plant, though. One thing I would say: unless the soil is super dry, I wouldn't water them every day. My mint plants seem to enjoy a bit of drought. They also like plenty of sun, so make sure the seedlings are getting at least 6-8 hours of good strong sunshine every day. I don't fertilize my mint either, because it affects the flavor.
A lot of gardening is a 'hurry up and wait' scenario. Be patient. The fact that you grew them from seed is impressive to me, so just keep them healthy and wait.
Good luck!
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(Nature is stronger than nurture)
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sa46851
Aug 7, 2017 6:31 AM CST
Thanks for replying. I think it might be the beginner's luck as I don't really have much experience in gardening vegetables. Smiling

I will try watering them every other day but isn't direct sunlight exposure too soon for them at this stage of their growth, they being so tiny and weak?
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Name: Michelle
Pleasant Lake MI (Zone 6a)
Region: Michigan Canning and food preservation Keeper of Poultry Herbs Organic Gardener Butterflies
Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Mizshelli
Aug 7, 2017 6:42 AM CST
Trust me, there's not much 'weak' about a mint plant! Rolling on the floor laughing
If you're concerned, just move them to the sun for 4-5 hours a day for a week and see how they do. I swear, mint is one of the easiest things to grow. Before I started gardening 2 years ago, the only thing I could keep alive was my shamrock and a mint plant. I literally killed everything else......
Is treise an dúchas ná an oiliúint.
(Nature is stronger than nurture)
https://mmhobbyfarm49272.wixsi...
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sa46851
Aug 7, 2017 6:45 AM CST
Thank You!

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