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Catnip - Live Plant
Catnip - Live Plant
Catnip - Live Plant
Catnip - Live Plant

Catnip - Live Plant

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Description

This is a perfect addition to any cat lover's home or garden. Our live catnip plant is a healthy and vibrant plant that comes ready to thrive in your care. The plant is grown in nutrient-rich soil, ensuring it has all the necessary nutrients for optimal growth. This seed-grown, easy-to-care-for plant is available in a 3.5” pot, and with proper watering and sunlight, it will grow quickly and produce fresh leaves continuously. It can be grown indoors or outdoors, making it a versatile plant for any living situation.

What tools and resources should I gather to cultivate Catnip effectively?

To thrive, Catnip requires attention to water, light, and soil. Upon receiving your plant, aim to position it in full sun to partial shade sunlight.

If you are growinging in a container, you can easily control the soil. However if you are growing in the ground, Catnip grows best in well-drained, loamy soil.

Familiarize yourself with the growth potential of Catnip. Providing 12-18 inches of space between plants is essential, considering they can expand to 12-24 inches in diameter and stand up to 18-24 inches tall.

The flowering period of Catnip varies; while it typically blooms summer, it may not flower until its second year, depending on the planting time.

What is Catnip good for?

Historically, Catnip has been renowned for its calming, digestive aid, with tea, tincture crafted from its leaves, flowers to harness its medicinal properties.

About Catnip

Nepeta cataria, also referred to as catnip, is a member of the mint family of plants. It is well known for its capacity to make cats feel euphoric when they smell or eat it. Nepetalactone, the active component of catnip, causes a brain reaction in cats that can result in excitement, playfulness, and relaxation. 

For millennia, catnip has been used as a medicine. It includes several substances that have been shown to have a variety of possible health advantages. The ability of catnip to relax and calm the nerves is among its most well-known medical advantages. It has a long history of use as an all-natural treatment for stress, insomnia, and nervousness. Additionally, the plant has antispasmodic qualities, which means it can lessen cramps and muscular spasms. Catnip may also be helpful in the treatment of infections due to its demonstrated antibacterial and antifungal qualities. Also, it can help in reducing stomach problems like gas and bloating.

 

How to Use Catnip

  • Tincture: Fresh or dried catnip leaves are chopped and macerated in grain alcohol for 4 to 6 weeks to formulate a tincture.
  • Tea: In hot water, dried catnip leaves are soaked for around 10 minutes to make tea.
  • Salve: Catnip oil can be combined with beeswax to form an anti-inflammatory salve. 
  • Vinegar infusion: Dried catnip leaves/flowers/stems can be soaked in apple cider vinegar for 3 to 6 weeks, shaking and adding vinegar during the period, to form catnip vinegar infusion.

Catnip - Live Plant Frequently Asked Questions

Is Catnip an annual or perennial plant?

Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a perennial plant, which means it can live for several years under the right growing conditions. Although it is indigenous to Europe and Asia, it has also naturalized in many regions of North America. It can reach a height of three feet and blooms in the summer with tiny white or pinkish blossoms.

 

How much space should be needed to grow a Catnip?

Catnip is a relatively small plant that does not require a lot of space to grow. A single plant has the potential to reach heights of 2-3 feet and widths of 2-3 feet. To ensure adequate air circulation and growth, it is advised to space catnip plants about 18 to 24 inches apart when planting them.

 

What zone does Catnip grow in?

It can grow in USDA hardiness zones 3-9, which cover a wide range of climates. In cooler climates, catnip can benefit from being planted in a location that receives full sun to help promote growth and development. In warmer climates, partial shade can help to protect the plant from intense heat and sun exposure.

 

When should I harvest Catnip?

For maximum potency, the best time to harvest catnip is just before the plant begins to flower. At this stage, the leaves are at their most flavorful and contain the highest concentration of essential oils.

 

Does Catnip flower or fruit?

Yes, the catnip plant (Nepeta cataria) blooms in the summer. The spikes of tiny, white to lavender-blue blooms are quite alluring to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. The flowers usually have a tubular shape and two lips, the lower of which has three lobes and an upper lip that is slightly hooded. The fruit of the plant, which is tiny, brown nutlets, replaces the flowers after fertilization. 

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