heatherscott
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root bound mint

Does anyone have any handy tricks or tips for getting an EXTREMELY root bound mint out of a container (without using dynamite...)? I chiseled away at it for a half hour today and it was exhausting - the pot is completely busting at the seams with hard, woody roots and it won't budge. I'm tempted to just get rid of it, but it's a really pretty container that I'd like to keep. My plan was to re-divide the mint and plant it again in the same pot, but it's not going so well.

Thanks for any suggestions!

Heather

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hendi_alex
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Mint is aggressive and as you are experiencing, has a very tough mat of roots. I would suggest that you carve out a couple pieces of the plant to start fresh in another container. Then put the whole plant and pot in a bucket of water outside and let it sit until the plant dies. At some point your pot should be easy to release from the mass.
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heatherscott
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Thank you!

That is a great suggestion! I think I'll try that tomorrow, just carve a small piece out, plant it in another pot and let the rest of the root bound mess soak for a few days.

I appreciate it! :)

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