Catnip

Catnip is a favorite cat treat and attracts bees. The leaves are harvested at the end of the season and used for medicinal tea. However, it can get invasive, so cut the heads off if you don't want Catnip to self-seed!
For the first time, Catnip was grown in the Roman city of Nepeta, which gave rise to its name - Nepeta. Before the immense popularity of Chinese tea, dried Catnip was used to make an excellent and popular tea in Britain. Its medicinal benefits were highly regarded for fever, congestion, anxiety, or digestive problems. The influence on the personality ranged from calming to brave and aggressive behavior. Legend has it that executioners often chewed catnip leaves for bravery. Catnip, which belongs to the mint family, is extremely attractive to cats. Now it is produced primarily for pets.

 

How to grow Catnip from seeds:

  • Sowing: The best conditions for Catnip are well-drained soil and full sun, although it can tolerate almost any soil. Plant the seeds immediately after the last spring frost, planting them 1/4 "deep in rows 20" apart. When seedlings emerge, cut them 12-15 inches apart.
  • Plant Spacing: 12-15″.
  • Growing of Catnip: Keep the soil evenly moist until the seedlings harden. Since cats can crush seedlings, protection may be required until the plants grow to a moderate height. Pinch off the flower heads to give the leaves more vigor.
  • Catnip Soil Requirements for: Grows best in well-drained soil and full sun, though it can grow quite well in almost any soil.
  • Catnip Days to Germination: 21 days.
  • Light Preference of Catnip: Full Sun.
  • Life Cycle of Catnip: Perennial
  • How and When to Harvest Catnip: Collect leaves or stems when the plant is 8″ tall. Suitable for both fresh and dry use. Catnip is recommended to dry in an oven or dehydrator. Store dried leaves in an airtight container.
  • Catnip Days to Maturity: 100 – 110 Days
  • Catnip's Seed Saving: After the flowers wither and the seeds begin to develop. The stems should be cut when they are dry, and the seeds are ripe and spread out until completely dry, away from direct sunlight. Thresh them to remove seeds. Store seeds in a cool, dry place.

Fast Facts:

  • Cоmmon Names: Catswort, Catmint
  • Latin Name: Nepeta cataria
  • Species Origin: Europe, Middle East, Central Asia, China
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Seeds per Ounce: 42,500
  • Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun
  • Height: 30 Inches
  • Color: Green, Purple
  • Bloоm Season: Blоoms Late Summer, Blooms Early Fall
  • Bad Companions: Parsley
  • Companion Planting:  Collards, beets, pumpkin, squash, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes
  • Uses: Culinary, Medicinal, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Honeybees, Attracts Butterflies, Aromatic, Deer Resistant

 

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