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Catnip Catnip Catnip
Nepeta cataria. This ancient herb has been used for centuries by humans in teas, potions and tinctures galore. Tea made from this perennial herb is said to be mildly relaxing and its leaves are sometimes dried for use in sachets. Catnip contains chemicals which act as an aphrodisiac in most cats - even lions. Growing it presents a challenge: transplants will be rolled upon, snorted and chewed and stand little chance of growing to a pretty 2' or taller plant with gray-green, slightly fuzzy leaves. Instead, sow the tiny seeds in well-draining soil in sun where they are to grow, marking the area. Oddly, cats behave indifferently toward Catnip which appears magically out of the ground. Bee friendly. Perennial. Hardiness zones: 3-9. Height: 24". (OP.)

Average seed life: 1 year.

One packet of about 300 seeds
Catalog #6110
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Gardening Tips

Catnip Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
Row Spacing:12”-18”
Seed Spacing:3”-6”
Plant Spacing: 12”

Herbs may be either direct-sown outdoors after the threat of frost has passed, or started indoors for transplanting or container gardening. Herbs require moderately rich, well-draining soil with at least 5 hours of bright sunlight. To start indoors: sow lightly in sterilized seed mix, lightly moisten and cover with plastic wrap until germination takes place. Do not water again until sprouts emerge. Remove plastic wrap once sprouted. Transplant outdoors when the threat of frost has passed. Some perennials like Lavender, Catnip or Savory prefer to be started indoors. Others such as Chives, Sage or Fennel prefer to be direct-sown outside once the soil has warmed. Most herbs dislike chemicals or over-fertilization. Feed lightly with kelp or fish emulsion once seedlings are well established. Keep lightly moist: never wet. Pinch back the plants to avoid flowering and to encourage leaf production.

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