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Catnip (Catswort/Catmint)

Nepeta cataria

“If you set it, the cats will get it; if you sow it, they won’t know it.”

Calms mild stomach disorders, produces restful sleep and relieves fever when added to teas. It is cultivated as an ornamental plant for use in gardens. It is sometimes used as a companion plant for melons and squashes. Research claims catnip is a top-notch mosquito repellant. They suggest crushing catnip leaves then rubbing on the skin is several times more effective than commercial repellants. It can be a repellant aphids and squash bugs. It is also grown for its attractive and stimulant qualities that cats enjoy, so do the butterflies, too! 

  • Part Used: Leaf
  • Uses: Beverage, Medicine, Insect repellant
  • Approx. 200 seeds

 145.00  99.00

Description

Tips for Growing Catnip:

Days to Germinate 08 to 21

Germination Temperature 19 to 29 °C

Sowing Depth Just cover – sprinkle a fine layer of the sowing media over the seeds after sowing

Sowing Method Direct sow, transplant recommended

Sowing Media / Soil Type Well drained

Water Moderately depending upon the soil and climatic conditions – keep the soil moist but not too wet

Sun Prefers full sun – tolerates shade partially

Notes Cover with a very thin layer of the sowing medium as light is needed for germination. Sow at a depth of 4 times the diameter of the seeds. Best sown at alternating temperatures of 19 and 29 °C. Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves. Space 1-1/2 to 2 ft. apart in full sun or partial shade in a well-drained soil. To prevent spindly growth, fertilize only sparingly and cut plants back hard after flowering. Cutting back promotes compact growth and induces a second flower display. Very tolerant of diseases, pests, and pollution, however, cats may do some damage! Can be sown in-situ. These plants will readily self-sow.

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