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Yes it true! Cats love Catnip! There was a time I did not believe it myself, and thought it was just a fictional joke in cartoons. They love to nip the leaves. They love to roll in it. They sometimes will take a nap in a bed of it. They just plain love it. And, you will too. A member of the Mint family, Catnip is a strong smelling, aromatic herb. It has clusters of white or purplish-blue flowers atop toothy, heart shaped leaves. There is also an uncommon yellow variety. The leaves have a lemon-mint flavor and scent. It is fun to grow for your kitties, and as an herbal tea for you. Catnip is a perennial, and grows two to three feet. It is native to North America. In addition to cats, bees are also fond of Catnip. Propagation: Grow Catnip plants from seed. Sow Catnip seeds into your garden in the spring. Space seedlings or thin plants to 20" apart. When growing catnip, allow for plenty of space. It will overcrowd nearby plants in your herb garden, if allowed. How to Grow Catnip Plants: Catnip plants are easy to grow. They thrive in sun or partial shade. Grow these plants in average, well drained soil. They grow well with little attention, and withstand crowding. Fertilizer is not usually required, except in the poorest of soils. In average soil, fertilizer is not needed. After the plants have grown a few inches, pinch back the shoots to promote bushy growth. It will first bloom in mid summer. After harvest, trim back the plants again. With luck, you will get three harvests in a growing season. Catnip are aggressive growers, crowding out other plants if given the chance. Give them plenty of space away from other plants in your garden. Or, better still, surround the plants, with deep border edging. Harvest leaves as the flowers begin to bloom. Cut off the top leaves, stems and flowers. They can be used fresh, dried or frozen. Spread leaves out to dry in a cool and ventilated area. Main Uses: The most popular use of Catnip is for cats. Rubbing oil on your cats' toys will drive them wild. With a lemony mint flavor, Catnip is also used cooking and especially in herbal teas. Medicinal Uses: Catnip herbal tea is often used in treating colds and cold symptoms. Related Topics: - Buy Catnip seeds and all of your favorite herb seeds. - more on growing all of your favorite herbs. - 500 varieties of garden and herb seeds. Better quality, discount prices. Attractive, long lasting and affordable.
You can grow your own catnip plants in a home garden. You can buy more mature plants from a nursery or plant the seeds after the last major frost of the season. It is important to put the plant in an area where it has plenty of room to grow. Take steps to protect the growing plant from your cat so they don’t tear it out of the soil before it is fully mature.
Much like mankind’s favorite plant, not all catnip is the same. There are many different strains that vary greatly in Nepetalactone content, and remember, when it comes to the other guys, organic does not necessarily mean potent. The virtual entirety of what is currently available on the retail catnip market is absolute crap. The depressing reality is that “status quo” catnip suppliers mass produce cheap and therefore weak strains of herb. They use funky pesticides and take whatever means necessary to swell their corporate catnip pockets. Their barely salable product is then factory machine packed into hard crinkly plastic bags and wholesaled to American retailers. That’s not cool! Then sure enough Joe Catnip goes walking into his local pet shop intending to do fluffy a favor, unwittingly buys a bag of bunk and ends up bringing his little buddy a bell ringer. If the average consumer is even lucky enough to find some half decent bud or leaf, it is still coming from midgrade catnip plants at best.This is the magic plant when it comes to cats because it is very likely to work on that small percentage of cats who do not react to catnip! Remember, this effect doesn’t happen with all honeysuckle plants. It only works with , also called tartarian honeysuckle sawdust. Unlike catnip, this honeysuckle’s effects can be revived by dampening it. Just make sure that you of honeysuckle, which you can buy at a pet store, and not the seeds or berries. The seeds and berries of honeysuckle plants can be toxic to cats and cause bad stomach issues.You may be able to buy cat toys infused with silver vine or use silver vine’s brown powder on cat toys, similarly to how you’d use catnip. Cats also love to roll around in the plant itself. The effects can last 5 to 30 minutes but silver vine is more potent than catnip, so you likely won’t need as much.To start a catnip crop, purchase seed from an herb dealer or buy small plants from a mail order nursery. Here are some sources (which will supply catalogs on request)