Looking for an easy-care, beautiful plant that looks incredible in the flower garden all season long while keeping the mosquitos away? Learn how to care for nepeta plants with these simple tips.
About NepetaNepeta, also known as catmint, is an herbaceous perennial plant in the Lamiaceae (mint) family that thrives in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 8. It's a real breeze to take care of, but a little maintenance can go a long way.
Choose the Right LocationMake sure Nepeta is planted in full sun and well-draining soil.
MulchingApply a layer of organic mulch, such as straw or wood chips, around the plant base to help retain soil moisture, suppress weeds, and maintain an even soil temperature.
FertilizationIn general, nepeta doesn’t require fertilizers. Focus on providing good soil quality instead by amending the soil with organic matter.
DeadheadingTo encourage continuous blooming, remove spent flowers periodically. I typically don’t do this, but instead cut it back once during the season.
Cut BackIn mid-summer when the blooms fade, trim nepeta back by about one-third to promote a flush of new growth and blooms.
DivideEvery few years, divide catmint plant to keep it healthy and vigorous.
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