A few days ago we told you about the nepeta cataria, also known as catnip, catnip, or cat basil, a plant famous for its effect on cats. Well, today we are going to tell you how to grow this species in your garden.
Nepeta cataria is a perennial plant with a grayish, hairy and branched stem that reaches 20-60 cm in height. It has opposite leaves, petiolate, cordate, with jagged edges and hairy on the underside. The numerous flowers are yellowish and pink flecked with purple, grouped in a loose stalked spike. The plant gives off a strong minty scent that attracts cats. If you want to know everything about how to grow catnipkeep reading this Green Ecology article.
Nepeta cataria seeds
First of all you have to acquire seeds of nepeta cataria and plant them in a small pot. It is also possible to find already grown plants in some garden stores.
Of course, keep in mind that planting from seeds is always much cheaper. The best time to sow it is early spring, outdoors.
Where to locate the plant
After planting the seeds you must choose a sunny place to locate the plant. Also, you should keep in mind that Nepeta cataria requires a frequent watering and lots of drainage to prevent excess water from rotting its roots, leading to the death of the plant.
It is true that this grass tolerates places with some shade and poor soil, but it is better that it has some organic matter.
It is also important keep the cat away until the plant grows a little, since it could eat the whole plant or lie on it. It’s a good idea to put a fence around the plant to avoid problems, especially if there are more cats in the neighborhood.
On the other hand, you must bear in mind that this plant is from the mint family and, therefore, it spreads easily and can become a harmful weed for your garden.
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