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Old 07-06-2012, 12:51 AM   #11
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Cut off the bottom inch or so of stem, and put it in a glass of water, making sure leaves aren't under the water. Change out the water every day or so. You can keep it on the counter, or stick it in the fridge.

Some might root, and you can plant it! Mint is invasive, I grow mine in pots buried in the ground.
Does that actually keep the mint from spreading? Mine has sent out a lateral shoot that is trying to climb over the edge of the pot.
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:54 AM   #12
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I wouldn't have the leaves underwater, they rot.
I know the leaves rot when they are partially submerged. This method actually works for basil. The leaves never rotted, but eventually turned yellow.
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Does that actually keep the mint from spreading? Mine has sent out a lateral shoot that is trying to climb over the edge of the pot.
I have to watch mine carefully. Have peppermint, wintergreen, spearmint, and lemonbalm. I yank whatever is invading from it's pot, and eat it!
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:44 AM   #14
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TL--you can use pots or large coffee cans. I saw/cut off the bottom. I do this with oregano as well because it tends to take over if given the chance.
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:49 AM   #15
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I'd love to be able to have my own mint plant! It would save a lot of money. It's very pricey here!
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:36 PM   #16
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Give it a shot! Lots of herbs will root from cuttings.

Another thought is to just buy a small mint plant from a greenhouse or plant store and pot it up. Mine grow in pretty shady conditions, if you grow it inside, it might get a bit leggy, but you will still have fresh mint. Have fun!
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:59 PM   #17
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Buonasera, Buenas Tardes,

Like Dawgluver, I keep it in water on the counter ...

However, I also pot some so I have it on hand ...

No kit kats or pups or mascots at moment in house ... The 2 donkies love mint as a treat and Equis, flips for it ... He likes spearmint and peppermint candies ...

Have a lovely wkend,
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Old 07-06-2012, 03:57 PM   #18
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Throw a good sized bunch of that mint into a pot roast that's almost done and has been cooking in red wine,onions,garlic and some beef broth, the taste will surprise you put some of the beef/red wine jus over a thick cut of French bread, buttered if you like and then dig in...Heaven yep
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Old 07-06-2012, 04:56 PM   #19
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Square-stemmed herbs root better in water than wood stemmed (rosemary, thyme). I've had rosemary throw out a root or two when kept in water, but did not get them to actually get to enough roots re: planting. I've had lots of mint and basil root when kept in water on the counter.
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:02 PM   #20
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You can also buy herbs like cilantro and mint at the store with the roots still attached.

CWS is correct, much easier to root succulent-stemmed herbs than woody- stemmed, though it's not impossible. Some rooting hormone and planting in damp sand or vermiculite will usually do the trick.
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