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Catnip is not only very popular with cats, more and more gardeners are seeing planting catnip. Read here what you need to consider.Catnip: Perennial plant with a great fragrance
Different shapes and colors available
The perennial blooming catnip is available in the garden market in different flower colors (white, yellow, pink, purple, blue, etc.) and with differently shaped flower heads. You can even place several different herbaceous plants in one garden bed at the same time. Among other things, long-flowering varieties of catnip are considered Walkers Low and Six Hills Giant.
You can make tea from catnip, among other things. This is known for its particularly diuretic effect. In addition, such a tea mixture also has an antipyretic and antispasmodic effect. Many also like to use catnip as a cake spice.
Cats like the mint smell
Due to its pleasant mint smell, cat mint grows up to 100 centimeters and is now one of the most popular perennial plants of our latitudes (suitable for the fragrance garden). It once got its name because even cats are captivated by its pleasant fragrance. However, this is not the case for varieties that smell slightly of lemon in addition to mint. Because cats don't like them at all.Cats like the mint smell
By the way:
Cats like the traditional catnip very much, but cannot be lured explicitly through the perennial into a garden. So don't be afraid of a cat infestation.
Catnip is also very popular with bees and bumblebees. Here it is one of the coveted food plants. Since these animal species today require special protection on our part, you can make an important contribution to this by planting this perennial plant!
Plant catnip - this is how it's done
The mostly small perennials can either be planted directly in a bed or kept as a container plant on a balcony or terrace. Catnip does not make any special demands on the soil.
When choosing a location, you should choose a place that is as sunny as possible and at least partially shaded, where there is no risk of waterlogging. Otherwise, catnip threatens root rot and it will die.
Catnip goes very well with rose bushes, which is why you can plant both plants in close proximity to each other.
Casting / fertilizing:
If it is dry, you need to water the perennials regularly. In addition, you should fertilize them in early spring with little nitrogen-poor full fertilizer. Alternatively, you can of course also incorporate compost around the plant.
Cut back the catnip early in July after its first main bloom, usually sprouts it a second time and blooms well into autumn. These shoots can then remain standing over the winter and should only be cut off again in the spring (winter protection). However, varieties are also available that only bloom from July to September and therefore do not guarantee a second inflorescence.
If you want to multiply catnip, then it is best to choose a larger perennial. You can then easily share them in the spring and thus multiply the plant.