I have a spearmint plant about 6 inches tall now, but can I still retain the plant in a 6 inch pot?
Yes, but only for a VERY short time! Spearmint has a very aggressive root system which grows at a rate of knots and will fill up a small pot before you can blink. Even in much larger pots, you'll need to repot frequently to avoid the plant becoming root-bound. However, if you're prepared to divide and repot a small piece of the plant on a regular basis, you can keep a piece of it in a small pot. Hardly worth the bother for the amount of leaves you'd get for your efforts, though.
Ok thats good to know. I was thinking of buying another pot or container. Would a 10-12 inch pot be good for a while? Or should I plant it in my 24 inch trough?
The larger the better, if not you may end up with nothing except root ball in a couple years. I gave a start to my neighbor 2 years ago and she keeps it in a 24 inch pot, her plant is doing better then mine which is in the ground. She loves it for the tea
There's 4 kinds of mint here, in 4" containers, started from cuttings sent by a friend. I wanted to show her that with some attention to pruning/pinching, you could keep mint nice & neat in a small pot. If I was going to do this as a forever thing, I'd start the pots over again each spring; or you could use larger pots, as suggested.
Thanks wally and tapla. I have enough room to put mint in my larger container and probably will since I want to use it for tea. I'll try tapla's advice for usings cuttins to start new roots instead of buying more mint.
Mint is very easy to start from cuttings. And if you've found a mint that you like the taste/smell of, that is one you definitely want to have more of! I snipped a few sprigs of a wild mint last year at a park - it had a wonderful bouquet. Rooted quickly and is now taking over a garden bed - something no mint has ever done at my place. Something to be said for wild stock!
Yes I'll definitely make more plants from cuttings! I am going to repot into something much bigger and plant cuttings. I'll be drinking a lot of tea and will be using it in food! Just had my first mint tea today. =)
Beautiful photos Al! I'm excited to start my own mint collection!