Catmint is part of the Nepeta genus and its scientific name is Nepeta cataria.
Catnip is a perennial herb. A durable, easy-to-grow perennial used mainly as a treat for cats. The plant has an aromatic, characteristic odour, which bears a certain resemblance to that of both Mint and Pennyroyal. It is owing to this scent that it has a strange fascination for cats. Catnip tends to have a sedative effect on humans. It is most often drunk as a tea.
It is a flowering edible herb that typically grows as a perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more. Catmint is known for its forb habit and growing to a height of approximately 60.0 cm (1.95 feet). This plant tends to bloom in early summer, followed by first harvests in late summer. This plant is a great attractor for bees and birds, so if you are looking to attract wildlife Catmint is a great choice. Popular varieties of Catmint with home gardeners are Lemon, Joanna Reed, Super Cat, Perennial, and Dropmore hybrid.
This plant is considered invasive in some areas. It is a prolific self-seeder. To prevent against this deadhead immediately after flower are spent. Or prevent flowering by trimming flower buds. (see harvesting).
Typically, Catmint is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.
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Water regularly and fertilize when 6" tall. To keep plants tidy and to increase leaf production, pinch out developing flower buds.Try to plant in a location that enjoys partial sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 3 - Zone 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Catmint requires a soil ph of 6.1 - 7.8 meaning it does best in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Catmint is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions.
For strong plants, either start seeds indoors 8 to 10 weeks before the last frost, or sow outdoors in late summer/early fall and provide winter protection where necessary.Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 0.98 inches (2.5 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.25 inches (0.64 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 16°C / 61°F to ensure good germination.
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Catmint about 8 days before your last frost date .
Prune often to encourage a bushy habit. The flower buds as well as leaves and stems can be dried or used fresh. Cut shoot tips with a few leaves, To dry, hang stems in a dry, dark, well-ventilated area. Store in an airtight container.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Catmint so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Catmint so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Catmint plants:
In 2001 Iowa State University did a study comparing DEET to catnip for repelling mosquitoes. They found that catnip was more effective then DEET.2 Previous research had shown catnip to also repel cockroaches.2
Catnip is aphrodisiac for cats. About 1 out of 10 cats do not respond to it. Cats only need to smell catnip for it to have an effect, but most cats will chew on it to release more scent.1
Catnip has been used historically to treat scarlet fever, as well as headaches and other ailments.12 Before the use of tea from China, our English peasantry were in the habit of brewing Catmint Tea, which they said was quite as pleasant and a good deal more wholesome.
For those who practice magic Catnip is associated with love.It is also said to attract good luck when grown. 1
Catmint, Catnip, Field Balm, Catswort, catnep,
Nepeta cataria L.
19 Feb 2013
Grew very well and dried nicely. The cats love it.
07 Apr 2012
Growing real good but still waiting to see flowers.
08 Nov 2011
Cat mint is doing very well and no cats have come over yet.
Catmint care instructions
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Popular varieties of Catmint
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