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wintering over mint indoors

pitu Sep 23, 2009 08:25 PM

anyone done this with success? I grow spearmint and lime mint in a window box outdoors in the summer. Inside, I have filtered skylight light, and if I remember to water it (more than last time I did this) I'm hoping maybe I could keep it alive for salads and cocktails...

or should I go hydroponic? should I give it fresh potting soil before bringing it inside?
advice based on actual success appreciated. TIA

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    small h RE: pitu Sep 26, 2009 12:00 PM

    I've been growing a mint plant for three years on my living room windowsill, which gets moderate light. You should have no trouble keeping yours alive. Definitely remember to water it, though - mine is a very thirsty plant.

    1. BobB RE: pitu Sep 28, 2009 08:34 AM

      I'm not sure whether it's different in a window box, but I just leave my mint in the ground and it winters very well (too well - every spring I have to go on a mint culling expedition before it takes over half my garden). And I'm in Boston, I know from cold winters.

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        pitu RE: BobB Sep 29, 2009 06:00 AM

        I'm in Brooklyn, NY, and the mint winters over fine in the window box left outdoors. I'm always amazed that it comes back from the roots that must have frozen in the container.

        But this year, I want to keep one flat of it alive and green through the winter. Looks like the trick is waaaaay more water than any other houseplant I've ever had.

        Thx for the responses, folks.

      2. DonShirer RE: pitu Sep 28, 2009 07:23 PM

        Brought a spearmint indoors in a big pot last fall. It not only lasted over winter but grew like AudreyII. I recently killed it when we went away for a week and didn't provide enough water.

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          pitu RE: DonShirer Sep 29, 2009 06:00 AM

          Did it need direct light?

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            DonShirer RE: pitu Oct 1, 2009 07:59 PM

            It was in a southwest window, and only got direct light in late afternoon.

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