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Planting Instructions for Nepeta (catmint, catnip):

Bloom Time:  Summer Light:  Full sun to part sun
Soil:  Average to loamy, well-drained Moisture:  Average to dry, drought tolerant
Planting Depth:  1/2" deep, mulch lightly Spacing:  18 to 24" or more

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Bare root Nepeta should be dry in storage, so if condensation has formed on the inside of the bag, open and let it air out. Plant everything within a day or two.

Soil/Location:  Plant your Nepeta in a sunny spot in average to loamy, loose and airy, well-drained soil. Add compost or peat humus to enrich and loosen the soil if needed, but they are very adaptable to almost any soil conditions other than heavy clay or wet areas. Remember to keep the soil light and airy for perennials, so cover them with loose soil and don't pack it in after planting, and if needed build up above heavy soil rather than trying to plant into it.

Moisture:  Nepeta require little moisture, even after they are actively growing. Early season plantings (April and May) and plants that have no foliage should be started on the dry side. During that time we like to bury the roots, water lightly once and then we rarely water again, especially not when there isn't any foliage. When actively growing they can be watered a couple times a month if needed, allowing the soil to dry out between watering, however they are quite drought tolerant once established. In our growing areas we rarely water them, and in our hot, sunny display gardens they almost never get supplemental water.

Spacing:  18 to 24" or more

Depth:  Plant with the top of the crown about 1/2" below soil level. New sprouts will emerge at slightly varying depths and no roots or crown should be showing after planting. Mulch lightly around the plants for weed prevention.

General Instructions:  Amend your garden with compost or peat humus to enrich or loosen the soil, if needed, however Nepeta are very adaptable to any loose, well-draining soil, even a sandy, gravely loam. Mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting hole if desired. Plant the roots as listed above, then water in once lightly. They prefer a slightly dry start when they are dormant in spring and have no foliage. Once they are actively growing it is alright to give them supplemental water once in a while, but they rarely need it.

Landscape Uses:  Nepeta makes a great addition to the butterfly and hummingbird garden or a natural wildflower garden. Use the lower growing catmint as a sunny border plant along paths and garden edges where their aroma will fill the air when brushed against in passing. They make good companions with other summer perennials such as yarrow, daylilies, Veronica, Dianthus, Sedum, and red valerian (Centranthus).

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