Growing mint in a bottle (Willem)

One can easily grow mint for the daily tea in a plastic bottle on a windowsill. Here is a picture of my experiment on it:

Young mint in bottle

Mint plants growing splendidly in a plastic (PET) bottle. The top cone of the bottle was cut and put, without the lid (stop) inside the bottle as a cover over the little drainage hole (perforation) in the bottom (see my former postings on this blog). Thus, air can penetrate in the potting mix from below. (Click on the photo to enlarge it).

This is a nice method to grow mint inside the house, e.g. on a windowsill in the kitchen, offering a fine opportunity to cut from time to time a couple of leaves for a nice cup of mint tea.

As a lot of water can be saved by growing these plants in plastic bottles, or even plastic bags, the same method can successfully be used in the drylands.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

2 thoughts on “Growing mint in a bottle (Willem)”

  1. This is a very interesting thread with some truly inspirational ideas!

    It’s not just plastic bottles than can be used to grow all sorts of plants though.

    We use, and have been for many years, plastic food containers. They are ideal for all manor of things. Sowing seeds we use the flat tray type. Pricking out we use the larger, deeper flat tray type. Flat square, round or oblong for drip trays. And for propagating cuttings there are countless shapes and sizes, some of which seem to be made especially for plant propagating and growing.

    Just use your imagination and you will find one, or more likely loads, just right for what you want.

    Talking about propagation, I happened across this fantastic webisite earlier today and it’s full of information on propagating and growing all types of plants:

    Just thought of something else we use plastic bottles for. Mixing soluble plant food, or other chemicals. Pour half a litre (or pint) of water into a plastic drinks bottle and mark the water line with an indelible marker, add another half a litre (or pint) and mark the water line again. Easy measuring of water etc. in half litre or a litre (or pint/s). Just add the plant food or whatever, screw on the top, give it a good shake and there you have it, easy peasy.
    Charles Ash

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