Hydroponics – There are several reasons why mint should be grown in hydroponic systems. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in nutrient-rich water, without soil. Indoor growing is usually led by hydroponics, as it provides more consistent and predictable results. However, outdoor gardens are also able to produce wonderful results using this method.
Why does spearmint flourish in hydroponics? The water contained in the soil acts as a natural fertilizer and removes many of the chemicals found in fertilizers and pesticides. Additionally, by growing your own food in water instead of directly buying it, you are decreasing your environmental impact while consuming fresh produce.
Grow mint in hydroponics is an easy way to get more antioxidants into your diet, to boost energy throughout the day, prevent or treat colds and flu, provide extra nutrition for leafy vegetables and herbs or as a prebiotic, and more.
So whether you’re interested in vegan magic mushrooms, medicinal mushroom powder, or just want to get your hands on some cool stuff that won’t break the bank, keep reading to learn how to get started with growing mint in hydroponics..
How to Grow Mint in Hydroponics
Growing mint has many benefits. A favorite among gardeners, it brings all sorts of joy into the home. The smell of fresh mint leaves fills the house during the hottest days. It brings health and wealth as well, since mint has powerful antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
So why not use it as part of an overall plans for your home? There are ways to start now, in the very beginning, as you read this and decide what you want to grow.
Ideal conditions for mint
Mint does well when the EC is between 2.0 and 2.8, and it can handle temperature fluctuations from 45-70º F. Mint does better when pest control is done on a frequent basis.
- EC: 2.0–2.8
- pH range: 6.5–7.0
- Temperature: 45–70º F
Mint is more resistant to disease and pests than the other herbs and can withstand some fluctuations in temperature. It does best when temperatures don’t get too hot.
Planting tips: cuttings and rootstock are best
Mint can be grown from seed, but it takes significantly more time and patience. Cutting or rootstock can save time and money; it’s worth considering if you’re trying to grow mint on a commercial scale.
You can get clones of your mint plants using cuttings and by placing the stem pieces in water. If you want to shorten the time needed to get a clone, drop your mint cuttings in the gutter that runs below the tower.
For rootstock, you can pull the rootstock from a mature tower and replant it. Then tuck the rootstock from another tower into a new tower to create two towers of mint.
Packaging and storing tips
Harvesting mint couldn’t be any easier. You only need to shear down the front of the tower with a knife in one action, cutting between 1–3 inches from the face of the tower, then rehang the tower to be harvested again in 2–3 weeks later, once it has grown out to about 8 inches.
Based on your local markets, growers can start expect from $2–4 per/onz. Specialty markets sometimes sell mint for even higher prices!