Mint Plants

How to Revive a Dying Mint Cutting That Has No Roots

mario added on August 21, 2011 | Answered

I went for a walk and found a mint plant. I cut a small cutting and I put it in a glass of water so it could grow roots, but now it is starting to die. Please tell me what to do to revive the mint before it is to late.

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Answered on August 23, 2011

Make sure that you are changing the water regularly. Dirty water is what most often kills plants rooting in water.

Also, give it a few days to adjust. it may need a little time to adjust to not having roots. If it is a very long cutting, you may want to consider trimming it down. Mint cutting without roots have a hard time supporting more than 6-7 leaves. If you cutting has more than that, you may want to make your cutting smaller.

Increasing the humidity around the cutting will also help. Placing a larger jar or glass over the cutting can do this or creating a tent of plastic as well. Just make sure that the cutting is out of direct light and that it does not touch the covering.

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