See, I told you: Dangerous.*
I did, however, take out some "insurance," if you will. I planted the chocolate mint (smells like peppermint patties! Swoon!) in a location that gets a good deal of shade. This, I figured, should slow the mint down.
I was right. Too right, in fact.
My visions of making gallons of chocolate mint iced tea this summer were being dashed by it's slow growth. So, I did whatever any gardener with a frugal side would do: propagate more plants via cuttings. Here is what you do:
- Clip off a 5in or so piece of mint (this also works for other types of mint).
- Strip off the leaves on the bottom half.
- Stick into water.
- Change water every 3 days or so.
In the cup. Roots are coming from where the leaves I stripped off were. Even above the water line.
After 7 days, these are the roots my mint grew! This is a perfect project for anyone impatient, like myself.
Now these cuttings are ready to be planted. I'm going to put these 3 new plants into a pot & place in a sunny location. I may be dangerous, but I've not completely lost my mind!!!
Note that this method of propagation is the same as I did with ivy.
*In case you didn't know, mint can be highly invasive. I can completely take over a bed. Resulting in constantly cutting it back & weeding.