Best Crops for Hydroponics: Mint

Dr. Nate Storey: Hey, this is Nate Storey
with Bright Agrotech, and today I’m going to talk with you a little bit more about mint. Mint is a really great crop. It’s in high demand everywhere you go. Bars love it, consumers love it. Especially during the summer, a lot of things
are made with mint. For that reason, a lot of growers really love
growing this crop, and they can get a lot of money out of this crop. Some things to know about mint, if you’re
starting from seed, you’re usually like 14, 16 days for germination, another 5 to 6 weeks,
at least, before you can transplant that seedling, and then you’re looking at, at least 6 weeks,
if not 7 or 8, sometimes, to get it to the point where you can start harvesting it, so
it’s a slow starter. The thing is, once it’s growing, you can cut
it, and cut it, and cut it, and cut it, and just keep cutting it, until it basically gets
so big it barely fits in the tower anymore. In that regard, it’s one of those … It’s
kind of an investment crop. A faster way to do that, or a way to speed
that up, is to just start with cuttings. Cuttings can be a great way to go with mint,
because it roots out, it’s very responsive to cloning, it roots out really fast, and
you can transplant it really quick, and get towers going really, really fast. You can also divide towers, once they get
a little overgrown as well, so lots of options there for propagation. As far as the crop itself, it likes cooler
temperatures, typically. Good full sun. We’re typically talking a little bit longer
day length, 14 to 18 hours, somewhere in that range, and it likes a little bit more of a
neutral pH, so it doesn’t like going super acidic, like some of the other herbs do. Mint does pretty darn well in 6, 5, 7, so
mid 6s, ideally. If you’re running it with a lot of other stuff,
you just kind of shoot for the mid 6s, and they stay pretty happy. It is a vigorous grower. It grows really, really fast once it builds
up some root mass, so once it has some root mass, it will just keep growing, and growing,
and growing. You can cut it back to the crown with no fear
of really hurting the plant significantly, it just takes a little longer to grow out
again. In that regard, complete harvests are a total
possibility with this crop, and then you just regrow from the crown. Mint seed is not particularly expensive, and
there’s a lot of it. Mint seeds, when you get them, are super,
super tiny, and once the mint starts to flower, it produces a lot of seed, and so, yeah, I
mean the seed is priced pretty well. If you’re starting from seed, you’ll get a
lot of plants out of a fairly small packet of seed. It’s not a great germinator. It’s a little slow, and it can be a little
tough to grow from seed, so that’s one thing to keep in mind. That’s one reason why most people, they may
start all of their initial plants from seed, but then, in the end, they almost always go
to cloning their healthy plants, to get the materials for new towers, or new plants. Really, kind of an attractive crop. This one’s showing a little bit of a deficiency,
but it can turn a really, really rich green, and some of these larger leaf varieties, like
this, are really quite pretty. They’re great for garnishes. They look beautiful in drinks, and they’re,
of course, great for cooking with, when you get much larger leaves, there’s a lot less
prep work to get the plant ready to use, for chefs and for bartenders, that kind of thing. It’s a pretty crop. It grows in very thick on the tower, so the
towers are attractive. If you’re considering live sales, it’s a great
crop in that regard, and the taste is really quite good, if you get it right. Now, the thing to remember with mint is that,
some conditions cause it to be a little bit more bitter, than have some of those really
good aromatic compounds that give mint it’s flavor, so you want to kind of watch your
environmental conditions, make sure it’s not getting too hot, and staying too hot, or you’ll
end up with a lot of bitterness. Make sure it’s not growing too fast. Make sure that it’s getting challenged every
now and then, to get those flavors going, but not so much that it just turns into a
bitter mess. It requires a little bit of management in
some systems. In some systems, it grows great from day one,
no management at all, things are just perfect for mint. Speaker 2: What about pests? Dr. Nate Storey: Mint is not particularly
pest prone. You will see aphids show up from time to time. Thrips can be an issue, here and there. One of the nice things about mint, is that
it just doesn’t suffer from a lot of the pest problems that other herbs do. There are a lot of varieties of mint. Not all of them are true mints, OK? You’ve got your spearmints, and your peppermints,
and your garden mints, and your sweet mints. Garden and sweet mints are typically kind
of the same thing. Then you’ve got all of these novelty things,
like chocolate mint, and, I don’t even know, there’s a lot of them. Orange mint, and all of these different types
of mint. A lot of those are actually not true mints. A lot of those have mint like flavors, combined
with other flavors, but in the end, they’re not a true mint. When we talk about mints, we’re talking about
spearmint, peppermint, and then like, sweet or garden mint. Primary customers for mint are going to be
restaurants, bars and grocery stores. A lot of consumers really like mint. It tends to be kind of a seasonal thing with
consumers, but in bars you can sell mint year round. They’re always making drinks with mint. It’s super popular, and if you have good mint,
you’ll have no shortage of customers, when it comes to bars. Grocery stores also sell a lot of mint. If you’ve seen mint there, it does not do
well with being cut, and being stuck in a clamshell, so if you walk into a store with
a live tower of mint, you can offer them a real, real compelling product to be selling
to their customers, because the stuff in the clamshells, it is a shadow of what it once
was. It does not have the flavor, doesn’t have
the appearance. It looks like crap. Whenever someone has the opportunity to cut
their own live brand new, fresh mint, they’re going to take that opportunity. Thanks so much for watching. If you want more information on this crop,
check out our recommended crops list, and check out our blog. We talk about this crop in detail there. Thanks so much for watching, and if you find
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35 comments

  1. thanks for the video, which system is the best for growing mint? Drip irrigation, dwc, or eb and flow? thanks

  2. Iam from Middle east… is it work in this area where temperature are very high..and water with mix chlorinein high level

  3. I think that there is an opportunity, when it comes to choosing (or even better offering) the right mint! Doesn't matter if true or not… but especially when it comes to cocktails and ethnic cooking, specific mints are usually used – and would have an USP, if offered.
    E.g. Spearmint is the mint, usually used in juleps, yerba buena (Cuban mint) is usually used for mojitos and Cuban mojo sauce.
    Obviously unique mints like chocolate mint, pineapple mint, would further sell for a premium, if properly marketed.

    It is surprising, that farmers are reacting so slow for the trends….

  4. I really like the specifics you guys put on the side can you also put in a temperature range at lot of them seem to prefer cooler temperatures but its not really specified what that would be.

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  6. I have mint growing. In a tropical setting produces so much vine how do i control it to thicken the main branch ( it is a clone cutting)

  7. If you're growing those plant with a vertical system, why do you need to make a gap between one zipgrow to another? You can make it more dense if you eliminate the gap between one zipgrow to another isn't it?

  8. Hello , first of all – big thanks for doing this.. you really really helpful.

    Could you please help me resolve my few doubts..

    If I'm growing tomatoes in cocopeat medium, should i be circulating nutrient solution every day three times ? Wouldn't over fertilize and wilt?

    Or should i be feeding nutrient solution once or twice a week and feed rest of the time water??

    I'm doing soilless tomato growing in cocopeat and im afraid of over fertilizing ? Pls help since its hydroponics method nutrient water feeding 3 times a day makes sense but will it cause over fertilizing?

    Many thanks in advance..

  9. Hello how can i see this link ?  It does not work.
    Learn more about growing mint commercially here:
    https://www.brightagrotech.com/growin...

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