Sowing: Catmint prefers well drained soil and full sun, though it can grow quite well in almost any soil. Direct sow the seeds after the last spring frost, planting them 1/4″ deep in rows 20″ apart; when the seedlings appear, thin to 18-24″ apart. Catmint also grows well as a container plant.
When should I start catmint seeds?
Catmint (Nepeta mussinii) – Key Growing Information SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Start 6-8 weeks before the last frost in the spring. Press the seeds into the soil mix and cover lightly. For fuller, bushier plants, pinch back the growing tips of the seedlings when they are 2-3″ tall.
How long does it take catmint to flower from seed?
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Does catmint need full sun?
Give catmint plenty of space as it tends to grow wider than tall. Although it prefers full sun, catmint will thrive with some afternoon shade. Keep new plants or transplants watered until they can fend for themselves. After that, established plantings are drought and heat tolerant.
Does catmint bloom all summer?
Water catmint plants regularly until they become well established. Once plants are a few inches (8 cm.) tall, pinch them back to promote bushier growth. Catmint blooms throughout summer and fall.
What can I plant next to catmint?
Try growing catmint plant companions such as verbena, agastache, lavender, and tufted hairgrass together….Catmint’s blue flowers combine beautifully with other perennials that enjoy the same growing conditions such as:
Can I eat catmint?
Edibility and culinary use Despite being known for its effects on cats, cats aren’t the only ones who can enjoy catmint. This plant is edible for humans and it even has some medicinal benefits. The leaves and flowers can be steeped to make tea. Alternatively, you can also eat the leaves.
What kind of flower is a Nepeta catmint?
One of the most cold hardy of the catmints, award-winning Nepeta sibirica ‘Souvenir d’André Chaudron’ (Catmint) is a compact, suckering perennial boasting loose spikes of lavender-blue flowers held in many whorls.
When do you cut back a Nepeta catmint?
Deadhead spent flowers and cut hard back at the end of the flowering season or in early spring. Propagate by division in spring or autumn; take softwood stem-tip cuttings in early summer or semi-ripe cuttings in early autumn. Not sure which Nepeta – Catmints to pick?
Where to plant Nepeta sibirica in the summer?
Appreciates afternoon shade in hot summer areas. Avoid fertile and moist soils, where it may produce rather lanky growth. A remarkably low-maintenance plant, this excellent performer is highly versatile and can be used in many situations: beds and borders, gravel gardens, city gardens, cottage gardens, coastal gardens.