How To Sow Mint Seeds Using A Heated Propagator

How To Sow Mint Seeds Using A Heated Propagator

Grow mint for mint julip, tea, sauce, jelly - the uses are endless

Mint is the quintessential English herb, conjuring up visions of mint tea on the lawn in summer, new potatoes with mint and spring lamb with mint sauce. There are an estimated 600 varieties; the most popular being garden mint, spearmint, peppermint, applemint, pineapple mint, curly mint and spearmint.

 We are going to grow the common Garden Mint.

mint tea

You will need:

seed tray or 9cm pots
seed compost & vermiculite
something which holds water to stand the tray or pots in
heated propagator

Fill the tray with John Innes Seed Compost, tap the tray on the bench to level the compost.

Scatter the seed thinly over the compost, don’t cover the seed.

Place in water for 15 - 20 minutes until damp, label.

Place in the propagator at a temperature of 20 – 25C (68 – 77F) until germinated, this should take about 21 days.

Keep just damp.

Take out of the propagator and grow on until seedlings are big enough to handle and transplant.


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Angela Slater

Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas.