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Posted 14 March 2015 - 11:39 AM

View PostJbbaby, on 14 March 2015 - 10:14 AM, said:

Hi sthh,
Oh really......:)/>/> So can u teach me how to grow mint hydroponically? Thanks


Since the roots are already developed in water, you can actually pot the roots with clay balls, and emerse the lower part of the pot in nutrient solution, so that the lower roots can get access to water and nutrient, while the higher roots can get access to oxygen. Do not submerse the entire pot or the roots will drown and rot.
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Posted 14 March 2015 - 02:18 PM

View PostJbbaby, on 13 March 2015 - 03:22 PM, said:

Hi Laurence,

Your rooftop garden is beautiful.... I have some mint cuttings in water since last friday from my sister-in-law; can i start to plant them in soil or shall i wait for a few more days? I have some soil leftover from my boy's sunflower & my butterfly pea plant; can i mix them together and start planting the cutting in a 5.5inch pot? I think i will only plant 1 cutting in a pot instead of a few cuttings in 1 pot. Really hope u can help me with this..... Thanks in advance:)

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they are ready to transplant.

whatever you do, your mint will grow as long as it has light and water. personally if I was starting again and was you, i would not use a 5 inch pot, i would get a much larger pot (like mine), and plant all of your curttins in each corner of the plot with soil. water lots and lots of sun.

if you put in a small pot, it wont grow much.

or if you want to learn about gardening? then i would do this:

  • Grow one hydroponically
  • the one good putting with roots, cut that in half, plant both in soil, both of them submerged under the soil fully, plant them horizonally and only a coupld of millimiters under the soil ( so that you can see which grows better, one with roots or onews with leaves and no roots)
  • grow one in a clay ball like ssh has said
  • grow one in a big big pot

then you can photograph them all and find out for yourself what works best in the condituions you have availible.

remember, if you dont feed the mint food it wont do well and the need lots and lots of water
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Posted 15 March 2015 - 09:12 PM

Hello! I was given these 2 pots of mint. Would appreciate if someone can help ID. Thank you!

http://i736.photobucket.com/albums/xx6/flora1238/photo_zps2ab59294.jpg

http://i736.photobucket.com/albums/xx6/flora1238/photo_zps3e270e94.jpg
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Posted 15 March 2015 - 09:38 PM

View Postflora123, on 15 March 2015 - 09:12 PM, said:

Hello! I was given these 2 pots of mint. Would appreciate if someone can help ID. Thank you!

http://i736.photobucket.com/albums/xx6/flora1238/photo_zps2ab59294.jpg

http://i736.photobucket.com/albums/xx6/flora1238/photo_zps3e270e94.jpg


The bottom one should be spearmint. The top one maybe peppermint? Does it smell like candy cane?
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Posted 15 March 2015 - 10:34 PM

Hi janegoaty, thanks for the quick response.  Sorry don't know how candy cane smells like but the top one definitely has a strong sweet minty fragrance, so I guess it's peppermint, just don't know which type of peppermint.  Thanks for confirming the spearmint :)/>

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Posted 18 March 2015 - 08:07 AM

View Poststhh, on 14 March 2015 - 11:39 AM, said:

Since the roots are already developed in water, you can actually pot the roots with clay balls, and emerse the lower part of the pot in nutrient solution, so that the lower roots can get access to water and nutrient, while the higher roots can get access to oxygen. Do not submerse the entire pot or the roots will drown and rot.


Dear sthh,

Thanks for willing to share and teach me how to grow mint hydroponically. Any idea how much nutrient solution should i use? Thanks
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Posted 18 March 2015 - 08:18 AM

View PostLaurence, on 14 March 2015 - 02:18 PM, said:

they are ready to transplant.

whatever you do, your mint will grow as long as it has light and water. personally if I was starting again and was you, i would not use a 5 inch pot, i would get a much larger pot (like mine), and plant all of your curttins in each corner of the plot with soil. water lots and lots of sun.

if you put in a small pot, it wont grow much.

or if you want to learn about gardening? then i would do this:

  • Grow one hydroponically
  • the one good putting with roots, cut that in half, plant both in soil, both of them submerged under the soil fully, plant them horizonally and only a coupld of millimiters under the soil ( so that you can see which grows better, one with roots or onews with leaves and no roots)
  • grow one in a clay ball like ssh has said
  • grow one in a big big pot

then you can photograph them all and find out for yourself what works best in the condituions you have availible.

remember, if you dont feed the mint food it wont do well and the need lots and lots of water


Hi Laurence,

Really a good idea to grow the mint cuttings using different methods...... I will take up your advise above. I thought mint cant take lots of sunlight and water, otherwise they will rot? I hope my mints can grow beautifully like yours. Thanks
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Posted 18 March 2015 - 09:42 AM

View PostJbbaby, on 18 March 2015 - 08:07 AM, said:

Dear sthh,

Thanks for willing to share and teach me how to grow mint hydroponically. Any idea how much nutrient solution should i use? Thanks


Dear Jbbaby,
I started a thread on kratky for tomato seedling here:
http://www.greencult...-kratky-method/
which I thought will be useful as a pictorial guide for you if you want to grow your mint the same way. Many innovative forummers have improvised mineral water bottles for the netpot and containers too.
You will not need large pots to grow mint hydroponically, as most of the roots will be in the nutrient solution. A small 3inch pot will be more than sufficient.

You can use the same nutrient as I did in the thread, or you can also use the lushgro A + B solution. The A + B is sold in Oh Chin Huat for $3-$4 only, or you can buy those lushgro nutrient solution from ecocity website.

When in doubt on how much to add, it is safer to just give less nutrient. The plant might starve, but will not die. I know of some that do not add nutrient, instead, they just top up water from their fish tank to their hydroponic setup, and the plant still thrive.

Growing hydroponically means that you have to provide oxygen, water, nutrient and 17 trace minerals.
Trace minerals are usually found in soil, but for hydroponical setup, you will have to add that to your tap water, in addition to the normal NPK fertiliser.

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