Are you facing the same problem? I mean, leaves of your mint plants are turning brown, small and dry? Then it is not something that anybody will expect. Did you not see any fresh big mint leaves in the last few months? Then such thing can disappoint any gardener, particularly when you used to harvest plenty of fresh mint leaves for last one or two years and suddenly it stopped producing fresh leaves.
Mint leaves are popular because of its aroma and medicinal value. Those leaves are very common herbs in any Indian kitchen. Indian people use those leaves to make chutney (sauce). Various drinks are often prepared with those fresh mint leaves. Mint leaves extracts can be effective to cure any digestion problems. Mint leaves sharbat helps our body to maintain temperature, feel refreshed and keep our body hydrated. Those leaves are very common and it needs almost every day to make pudina chutney, flavored drinks, various dishes, snacks etc.
Not only that it is easy to grow plants and very rapid grower too. So most hobby gardeners prefer to grow mint plants first. I started growing mint plants two years ago from a cutting bought from the local market. My first two trials were failed. But the third time I got success and within two months my 8 inches by 15 inches container was covered. I was satisfied.
But after two years from this year, I am not getting any fresh mint leaves what is very disappointing. Day by day my mint leaves turning brown, small and dry. I knew mint leaves need regular fertilizer and watering because it is a rapid grower. So I used mustard cakes fortnightly to that container and water regularly to keep it moist. But I did not get any result. So finally I cut all its leaves and vertical branches. Then I found there were 4-5 layers of old horizontal branches all over the surface of that container. There was no space to shoot a new branch from the ground. Then I found the actual reason for NO FRESH MINT LEAVES & branches and mint leaves turning brown, small and dry.
Then I did not wait, I took my gardening tool and remove all old branches in the middle of that container of 6*8 inches area. Many pieces of mustard cakes were added to that area to promote fresh growth. I cut many old branches from two remaining sides and leave a few old branches for its new growth.
Within 10 days plenty of new leaves & branches are coming out. Now I hope within a month that container will be covered with green colored bigger size fresh mint leaves.