Catnip Seed Pack

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Most cat owners will grow common catnip as a treat for their feline buddies, but as a member of the mint family, humans may find uses for it as well. Catnip has long been used for medicinal purposes, and a tea made from the dried leaves purportedly relieves digestive upsets, coughs, and even helps reduce stress. The three-foot tall plant is allegedly a natural bug repellent as well, deterring mosquitoes and coackroaches. Catnip tends to self-sow and thus may become a nuisance. The easiest way to prevent that, aside from planting it in pots, is to pinch off flowers or trim back the entire shrub when blooms appear. This will keep the shrub compact, with enough time for it to grow back before harvesting in the fall. 

Botanical Name: Nepeta cataria
Mature Size: 3 feet tall and wide
Light: Full sun to partial sun
Cold Hardiness: -35 ° F
When to Sow Outside: 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date. Optimal soil temp 60 - 70 degrees F
When to Start Inside: 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date
Special Germination Instructions: Sow as late as 2 months before your average first fall frost date
Days to Emerge: 10 - 15 days
Seed Depth: 1/8" - 1/4"
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12"
Row Spacing: 36"
Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 12"
Maturity Date: Can take a first harvest after first bloom set.
When to Harvest: Harvest in the fall by cutting the entire shrub back to 4" from ground.
Additional Info: Consider growing catnip inside a cage or any immovable open-topped structure, as cats may try to eat it or roll on it. Pinching stems as the plant grows will create a more compact plant.
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