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Leggy mint - help!

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 19:20

Hi italophile,

Thanks, its stalk and leaves are super flimsy though, it looks like it's on the verge of turning into mush. :/

There is actually more than one plant in that pot - again we made the mistake of emptying (following written instructions from manufacturer) the whole packet of seeds into the pot provided with the pack.  So I'm guessing I have to split those too?

I'm not sure what type it is.

Leggy mint - help!

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 18:18

Hello everybody,

Quick update, finally got round to getting the two tier growhouse for the balcony:


I've moved my tomatoes, strawberries, rosemary, chives and parsley outside.  I hope they won't get 'shock' from being transported to colder temps outside (will be around 7 -10 degrees this week at night).  I'm puzzled how they can get enough sunlight as the greenhouse, is green? Surely it should be clear?

The mint I have split into two pots about a week ago, left one outside and here's the result:


 The other pot, I've left indoors by the windowsill:


For some reason this plant has been growing better than the one outside? *puzzled* I hope the one outside isn't suffering from shock?

I repotted our tomatoes in a bigger pot (pic below) - there's no overcrowding of the roots but it's gone all floppy (stalk and leaves) - we will get some sticks to support it but is it ok?


I am to find some French/African Marigolds this week to put with the plants which will act as a pest deterrent too! Almost there!! 

Thanks again for all your advice so far!


Leggy mint - help!

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 09:06

Hi all, thanks again for your advice.


Greenp12 - thanks for the tip! I will certainly try that.  I'm planning a visit to the garden centre this weekend so will look for some alongside my greenhouse!

Leggy mint - help!

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 10:44

Hi Busy-lizzie,

Thanks for your reply, it's very helpful in my understanding of herbs and plants. Do you recommend any good books I can read?  I've been using the internet and Youtube videos so far to learn about the plants.

Leggy mint - help!

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 09:32

Hi Italophile,


The plastic greenhouses, only cover the top, front, back and sides of the shelf but the bottom isn’t sealed so I imagine the heat can escape there.


At the moment we are getting alright temps of 0 – 10 degrees Celsius, in the winter it can get up to -3 degrees Celsius or more. I suppose I can buy a cloche/plant cover for over the winter? Ideally, I’d like to leave the plants outside all year round.


Do you also have any tips for preventing little flies and pests? I bought some spray but then realised that we would be cooking the leaves too so probably isn’t a good idea to spray poison on. Lol!


Also, how can you tell if the plants have died over winter? Last year my basil, rosemary and mint all lost their leaves and seemed to stop producing anything and the stalks turned dark brownish/black – I couldn’t tell whether they were hibernating or dead.


Sorry for the questions – gardening is still a huge but interesting learning curve!

Leggy mint - help!

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 10:58

Hey all, thanks! I've put my sorry looking mint pot outside (reluctantly) so it can hopefully recover and grow back again.  I'll take blueberry77's and grow some contingency incase it dies off.  So weird how it was growing fine by the window sill then gets leggy. Let's hope it makes a recovery outside!

I currently have mint, basil, parsley, chives, strawberries, raspberries, baby tomatoes and rockets growing indoors - I'm aware they might end up becoming like the mint if I don't take them outside when I've bought the shelf/greenhouse thing.  But once they go out, I won't be taking them back inside again. What do you do over winter (in frost and minus temps) for the plants? buy a cover? save a clipping for next year?

P.s. the greenhouse I'm buying will be one of those shelf with plastic cover type things for small patios/balconies rather than a proper glass greenhouse.  I'm not sure how effective they are. :/

Thanks again.

Leggy mint - help!

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 19:31

Hi all,

Thanks again for your feedback.  I have since split the mint and put them in their own pots.

We're aiming to buy one of those three tier greenhouses with cover to put outside and I will probably leave them there all year round - I hope the winters don't kill them completely as by then they usually have large amounts of flies buzzing around them.  

Hopefully the greenhouse thing will stop it from being infested with flies and it's eggs.

Leggy mint - help!

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 17:19

Hi Italophile,

Thanks for your reply. The little flies are black? I don't know if they are fruit flies or fungus gnats? 

It gets pretty cold in the UK, frosty and minus temperatures in the winter so at a point, I will be taking the plants in to avoid letting them freeze to death and don't want to have an infestation in the flat this year round. :/ But I will perhaps look for a small greenhouse thing with shelves to house them outside if it protects them from infestation and frost?

Leggy mint - help!

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 16:43

Hi all,

Thanks for your replies! I've kept the herbs indoors as last year we grew them on the balcony and they got infested with little flies.  By the time winter came, we took them indoors and the flat was filled with the annoying little flies and the plants stopped growing and died.  We started again this year but thought about keeping them indoors to protect them from infestation.

We tried all sorts of bug killers on them including using cinamon and changing the compost but nothing worked.

Ideally I want to keep it in the same size pot and cut back the roots (if it is rootbound)  - I hope that won't damage or shock the plant?

Leggy mint - help!

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 10:23

Hi everyone!

My mint I got from Sainsburys has been growing well on the kitchen windowsill - it gets plenty of light, water and the temp in the flat is always constant.

But, it is has gotten leggy and whilst it produces tiny leaves, they quickly die before they have even grown to a bigger size.  The bigger leaves are turn brown around the edges.

Something tells me it might be root bound, but there are no protruding roots coming out of the holes at the bottom of the pot.

If it is, can I just cut the roots back? I ideally want to keep it at the same size without having to put it in a bigger pot (we are lacking space).

Does anyone else have any advice what it might be?

Many thanks in advance!



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