Nepeta cataria

Catair    Catnip  Catnip   Katzenminze

Crop Rotation Group :Miscellaneouscatnip

Soil :Any average, well drained soil

Position : Full sun to partial afternoon shade

Frost tolerant : Hardy in cold climates provided plant is well-rooted and mulched. If desired, small plants can be potted up in fall and grown through winter indoors.


Helps: Eggplant
Helped by:
Parasitic wasps, parasitic flies
Flea beetles, ants, aphids


Sow and Plant :Catnip can be started from seeds sown indoors, or from a rooted cutting or purchased plant. Set out plants at about the time of your last frost. Pinching back in late spring helps to keep plants bushy and full, and it delays flowering. Catnip flower clusters are visited by numerous small beneficial insects. If you can, grow clumps in different parts of your garden.

Germination:  days

Spacing :Single Plants: 1′ 1″ (35cm) each wayñ Rows: 11″ (30cm) with 1′ 3″ (40cm) row gap

Feeding : Not generally needed.

Harvesting :Gather sprigs as desired for the pleasure of your cats. One small stem tip with four to eight leaves is plenty for one or two cats to enjoy. Gather stems for drying in early summer, just before the plants bloom.

Time to harvest: days

Troubleshooting :Clip off spent blossom clusters to limit reseeding in your garden.

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