How to Water Mint Plants Properly

Plant mints twice a week, giving them a good watering to ensure that water drips out of the base of the container or pot. Mint plants need the soil to remain evenly moist, but not overly saturated in order to avoid the plants from wilting and to prevent root decay. If the top inch of soil is dry Give the mint plant a thorough soak.

Here’s a quick reference table that will show you how often to water mints according to various conditions:

Continue reading to find out how to create an appropriate watering schedule for your mint plant that is appropriate with your climate and the conditions and when your mint requires additional or lesser liquid…

How to Water Mint Plants (Indoors and Outdoors)

The most effective method to water mints is by giving the ground a really well-drained soak, and then wait until the soil is only slightly damp to a finger depth before watering it again.

Make sure to water your mint plants thoroughly , so that any excess water drips off the bottom of the container or pot because this means that water penetrated the soil to ensure that it’s evenly moist, and the root of your mint plant are able to access the water they need..

The regular watering of mint encourages roots to develop and grow in the soil. This helps make the plant more durable and drought-resistant during hot temperatures in summer.

If you are watering your mint plants in a way that is too light, with just the sprinkle of water, only the surface of the soil is moist, which causes roots to develop shallow and closer to the surface. This leaves the mint plant more susceptible to drought since the roots are unable to get to the moisture deeper within the soil.

It is recommended to water mint plants early in the morning, as it charges your mint water prior to the heat of summer so that it will grow and get maximum use of sun.

mint leaves

How Often to Water Mint Plants?

Mint needs to be watered as often as is necessary to ensure that the soil remains damp, but not completely saturated. In general, this means watering mint well at the point that the top inch of soil is only slightly moist. Don’t let mint plants dry out, as this can cause the plant to die.

There isn’t a universal irrigation guideline that is applicable to mint plants in all climates and different sun exposures and pot sizes vary because all of these affect how fast the soil dry and consequently the frequency at which you need to water your mint.

Pots that are larger have a higher capacity for soil, and consequently they are better able to hold water. If your mint is growing in a pot that is large enough, Then you should water it by giving it a good soak every week during the spring and summer.

But I would like to emphasize the importance of changing the frequency you drink mint water in accordance with the time of the sun and temperature.

The most effective way to determine the frequency of watering your mint based on the climate and conditions you live in is to observe the soil for signs that the top layer of soil begins to feel dry. At that point, you should give the mint plant thorough watering.

By monitoring the soil , you can make sure that the mint is in the proper balance of moisture in order to remain healthy to prevent wilting and prevent root decay.

Monitoring soil will let you know when it is time to alter the frequency you give your mint plants a watering to ensure that they get sufficient water throughout the different seasons of the year, and also in different weather conditions that influence how fast the soil is dried out.

How can you tell if have been Watering Mint too often or not enough often

The first sign that your mint isn’t getting enough water is a look of wilting and leaves which be drooping or curling. Mint leaves droop or curl to decrease their surface area which reduces transpiration and water loss through the leaves.

If they are left in water, the mint leaves will begin to yellow, often starting from the bottom part of the plant.

Mint is tough and durable and is often revived after a good soak.

Put your mint in partial shade while it recovers from the underwater water to ensure that it doesn’t need to battle the scorching temperatures and sun while it is stressed by drought and it will begin to grow once more.

If your mint is located in the most well-draining soil kind (lots in organic material, such as leaf mold compost to hold in moisture, ensuring that it drains efficiently) then it is extremely difficult to overwater your mint.

But if the mint grows situated in a slow draining soil that is saturated throughout the course of watering (as as opposed to being uniformly damp) and the roots of the mint are depleted of oxygen (which is required to allow the roots to breathe) and are unable to perform as they should, making them ineffective at absorbing water and nutrients, and the leaves become yellow and have an appearance of drooping.

(If your mint is waterlogged and is turning yellow, read my article on ways to bring back the declining mint plant).

How Often to Water Mint Plants in Pots

The best watering practices must be a part of a coordinated plan using the correct kind of pot and the correct size, and a the right potting soil or compost which helps keep moisture in order for your plant to stay healthy and well-hydrated.

(To find out more information about this, read my articles, best potting soil for herbs and the best pots for plants).

Pots that are smaller are more prone to drying out when they are in full sunlight. In this the case you may need to keep your mint watered as frequently as daily during the peak of summer. Therefore, it is best to plant your mint in inside a pot about 12 inches in size to ensure that the roots get the most nutrients and moisture to be able to access in order to avoid drought stress.

A good compost or potting soil that is able to hold moisture, but lets excess water drain efficiently (to prevent the root from rotting) will help keep the ideal level of moisture for mint plants that are potted.

The majority of mint pots need to be watered every 3 days during the summer and spring. It is recommended to increase the amount of water when your mint begins to turn brown or the top inch of the potting soil has begun to dry out, instead of remaining consistently wet. Make sure to water mints with a thorough bath in pots that are large that have the potting soil that retains moisture.

How to Often Water Mint Seeds and Seedlings

Water mint seedlings are watered every 1 or 2 days to ensure that the soil remains evenly wet, but not completely saturated. It should appear like it’s drying little between every watering. Seedlings that are just emerging require daily watering in hot temperatures , whereas older seedlings only require watering every two days.

Mint seeds must be watered every two days in cooler climates or on days with overcast skies, however you must adjust the frequency of watering schedule according to the amount of sun and the level of heat. Daily watering is frequently required in hot climates or on sunny days.

If you water mint seeds frequently, it can reduce the amount of oxygen in the soil, which is essential to develop roots and creates conditions for fungal diseases..

When the soil’s surface to feel like it’s drying little between periods it allows oxygen to enter the soil. This aeration of soil structure is vital for roots that are developing to function correctly.

Keep in mind that the mint seedlings do not really grow, which could make the seedlings susceptible to dry out if the temperature is too high, or in excessive direct sunlight or due to underwatering which is why a daily watering is essential for a young seedlings in hot temperatures.

Make sure to water your plants early in the morning, which provides the seedlings with water throughout the entire day. It also allows the soil to dry out slightly by evening, which reduces the chance of fungus and mildew.

Check out this informative YouTube video to get a visual guide to watering seedlings:

Key Takeaways

  • Mint plants like soil that is equally moist, but not over too saturated, so make sure to water your mint plants with a regular watering schedule of twice a week to make sure your mint plants are getting enough water to avoid the plants from wilting, but also to prevent root rot. If the top inch of soil is dry then give your mint an extensive soak.
  • Make sure to water mints by giving it a good soak because this helps promote good root growth. If you water too little, it can cause roots that are shallow, resulting in mint plants being more susceptible to drought.
  • Pots of water mint with an adequate soak to ensure that the excess water drips off the bottom of the container. This will ensure that enough water has penetrated the soil , and all the way to the root to stop the plant from dying.
  • Water mint plant seeds and seedlings every day, or as often as you can, making sure that your soil remains evenly wet, but not overly saturated, to prevent an environment that can cause fungal infections such as root rot.


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