How to Grow Mint from Cuttings

Whether you enjoy fresh mint in your mojitos or any recipe, cultivating your own mint plants can be a fun and cost-effective project. This step-by-step guide will help you learn how to propagate mint from clippings.

Mint cuttings on white background with scissors.
Steps to propagate mint from clippings.

Propagating Mint from a Clipping

Mint is a refreshing and diverse herb that can be incorporated into marinades, sauces, salads, teas, and cocktails. Thankfully, it’s straightforward to propagate from cuttings. With some care, you can have a flourishing mint plant in no time.

The most straightforward method of mint propagation is taking a fresh clipping from a well-established plant. However, success can also be achieved by using freshly cut mint from the grocery store.

Proceed to the text below for a printable instruction card on how to propagate mint from clippings or continue reading for all the specifics.

How to obtain mint clippings

Retrieve your clippings in the morning, since the plant will be hydrated from the night (as opposed to after a day in sunlight).

Choose a stem with healthy growth at the top and a robust, established base. The cutting should be about 6 inches or longer.

Use sharp scissors or secateurs to make a clean cut from a healthy mint plant directly above a leaf node.

Remove the lower leaves to reveal approximately 3 inches of bare stem at the cutting’s base.

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