Gardening

Catnip: cats love it


Catnip is a pretty flower with blue tones reminiscent of lavender, it is nicknamed Cat Grass.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name: Nepeta cataria
FamilyLamiaceae
Type: Perennial

Height
: 40 to 80 cm
Exposure: Sunny
Ground: Lightweight, well drained

Flowering
: April May

Also called Cat Grass, it has a euphoric effect on our cat friends.

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Planting catnip

Taking care of the planting of catnip conditions the good recovery of your flowers and the growth of your catnip.

Properly planting the catnip:

The best time to plant your catnip is autumn and the spring.

  • Respect a distance of 25 to 30 cm between each foot
  • Prefer good situations sunny, or even partial shade
  • It is a plant that loveswell-drained soils, even slightly stony

Catnip maintenance

Very easy to maintain, it is a plant that requires little care, especially when it has been planted well and is well established.

Sometimes invasive, it is then necessary to maintain its development by tearing the feet that have become troublesome.

Watering catnip

Catnip supports periods of temporary drought. It tolerates the sun well, but should bewatered in hot weatheror prolonged drought.

Catnip in pot:

Catnip is very suitable for container culture.

On the other hand, for thepot culture, do not wait until the soil is completely dry before watering, but without excess.

Multiplication of catnip:

If you like it, you can also easily multiply it.

With the catch, it is simple, we use the catnip cutting as well as the seedling or even layering

For the sowing of catnip, it ismultiplied by seedat the end of winter, in a box and at a temperature of about 18 °

  • Keep the substrate slightly damp
  • Good light but no direct sun
  • You will transplant once in a bucket during April
  • You will put in the ground from the month of May

You can multiply catnip in spring or fall bydivision of the tuft.

Harvesting catnip leaves

Catnip leaves have many properties and have long been recognized for their medicinal properties.foliage is very fragrant.

The catnip leaves are harvested in spring and summer.

But it can also be done as long as your catnip is well stocked to makedelicious infusions and herbal teas of catnip.

  • Wait until the plant has a good clump before picking the first leaves
  • Dried catnip leaves keep very well for many months

Note that when you crumple the leaves and flowers of catnip, it gives off a very pleasant sweet scent of slightly aniseed mint.

To know about catnip

Appreciated as a ground cover, it is a very ornamental plant to garnish your flower beds and borders.

Decorative and aromatic, this plant is therefore also suitable foradorn a gardenthat forto cook delicious flavored dishes, herbal teas and infusions.

Catnip is also calledCatnip. She has the power to attract our feline friends thanks to her euphoric power.

Catnip and cats:

About 2/3 of cats are sensitive toeuphoric power of catnip. When he rubs or rolls in it, chews it or simply licks it, he feels for several minutes an excitement and euphoria that transports him elsewhere. Purring and meowing characterize this situation without side effects ...

Plantmeliferous, the catnip will be just as good behind the massif as on the edge, in a rocky or sandy bed and even as a planter, on your balcony or your terrace.

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Smart tip about catnip

Less rustic, it replaces thelavender in areas with a cold and humid climate.


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Video: Why Do Cats Like Catnip? (October 2020).