Catnip is a herbaceous plant with mint alike aroma that reaches 1-3’ height during the warm season. Its indented leaves, dark-green colored, are edible and grow 1-3” long until summer. The flowers are lavender-blue and occur in several clusters toward the tip of the stems. Catnip plants will grow as abundant crop if the flowers remain unpinched.
Catnip attract beneficial pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
Taxonomy: Nepeta Cataria
Life Cycle: Perennial
USDA Zones: 3 - 8
Height: 24 inches
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Blue
Environment: Full sun
Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 6.1 - 7.8
Deer Resistant: Yes
Average Germ Time: 10-20 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: 1/8 inch
Sowing Rate: 1 seed every 2 inches
Moisture: Keep moist until germination
Plant Spacing: Rows 18 inches apart; thin seedlings 12 inches
Sow Catnip Indoors
Start Nepeta seeds indoors near a sunny window 6-8 weeks before transplanting outside, after the danger of frost has passed.
Soak catnip seed in water overnight prior to sowing.
Sow seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil and lightly cover, no more than 1/8 inches deep with loose soil.
Keep the temperature at 60-70°F during gemination. Ideal temperature for germination is 70-80°F (21-27°C).
On average, germination occurs in 10-20 days, but it can take longer up to 40 days depending on temperature.
Sow Catnip Outdoors
Sow the Catnip herb seeds directly into prepared seed beds, when the danger of frost has passed and the soil is warm. Sow on the soil surface or barely covered with perlite. Seeds should sprout in 10-20 days at 70-80°F. Thin plants or transplant 12"(30cm) apart. Keep seedlings well protected from cats. Usual seed life: 5 years.
Keep plants full by pinching the growing stems and flower buds when they appear. Harvest leaves by cutting the stems anytime during the growing season. The foliage keeps its scent best when air dried.
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