Catnip Nepeta cataria
Vibrant green leaves of catnip are not only attractive to cats but are popular in tea as well. Flowers are very attractive to bees.
Catnip seeds are tough and need to be stratified or slightly damaged before they will sprout. You can do this by placing the seeds in the freezer overnight and then placing the seeds in a bowl of water for up to 24 hours. This will cause damage the seed coat and will make it much easier for the catnip seeds to sprout. After you have stratified the seeds, you can plant them indoors or outdoors. Thin them to one plant per about 20 inches.
- Zone - 3-9
- Germination Time - 7-10 Days
- Days to Maturity - 75 Days
- Maximum Height - 12-30in
- Spread - 12-24 in
- Bloom Color - Purple
- Exposure/Light Requirements - Full Sun
- Soil Requirements - Well drained
- Approx. 48,450 seed per ounce
CLASSIFICATION: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Non-Gmo
Open pollinated means this plants flowers are fertilized by bees, moths, birds, bats, and even the wind or rain. The seed that forms produces the same plant the following year.
All heirlooms are open pollinated, but not all open pollinated plants are heirlooms. Only a small fraction of the plant world is considered heirloom. This variety has a history of being passed down within communities and families as early as the 1700's, similar to the generational sharing of items like jewelry or furniture.