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2024 Seed Catalog

Catnip - Nepeta cataria




a.k.a. Catmint, Catswort

Nepeta cataria

Catnip is an easy to grow and highly ornamental 2-3 ft. tall perennial herb. Heart-shaped gray-green foliage is fragrant. Spike-like clusters of showy, lavender or white flowers are held at branch ends from late spring to fall. Fresh or dried, leaves can be used to make soothing teas for upset stomachs, nervous headaches, or colds.

Of course cats find catnip beyond compare, will appreciate some of this fresh herb added to meals. Flowers attract bees, and butterflies. Plants are winter hardy to zone 3. Catnip combines beautifully with Echinacea. Packet is ¼ gram, about 400 seeds.

¼ gram - $3.49
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Growing Catnip Seeds

Bee introduces how to plant

Plant Catnip Seeds: Soak catnip seed in water overnight prior to sowing. Then sow seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil and lightly cover. Kept at 60°F., germination is staggered, over a period of 14-40 days. Can direct sow catnip seeds into prepared seed beds, when a light frost is still possible. Thin catnip seedlings to 12-18 in. apart.

Grow Catnip: Full sun or part shade. Drought tolerant, catnip looks best with average water, in well-drained soil. Plants are deer and rabbit resistant, and repel aphids, attract beneficial insects such as lacewings. Flowers attract butterflies (particularly skippers), and bees. Cut plants back by half after bloom.

For your cat's recreational use, fill sachets or cat pillows with dried catnip. Up to ⅓ of cats are not affected by catnip. Protect plant crowns (from cats, if needed) by placing inverted wire basket over tops. Stems and leaves can easily grow through, wire will not be seen. In the kitchen, fresh catnip leaves are chopped, add minty flavor to salads, soups, and sauces.

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