Looking for an easy-care, beautiful plant that looks incredible in the flower garden all season long while keeping mosquitos away? Learn how to grow nepeta 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.
The size of Nepeta plants can vary depending on the specific species or cultivar and growing conditions but are generally about 12 to 24 inches tall and wide.
Light ConditionsNepeta generally prefers full sun, which means it needs at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day so it produces vibrant blooms and maintains a compact, bushy shape.
SoilCatmint plant likes things on the drier side and prefers well-draining soil that doesn’t stay excessively moist.It is adaptable to different soil pH and can tolerate a variety of soil types, including sandy, loamy, rocky, and clay.
Watering and FertilizingRegular watering, especially during the establishment period, is essential, but once established, nepeta plants can be drought-tolerant. They don't need fertilizer. Focus on soil quality instead.
Pest and Disease ProblemsNepeta is generally a low-maintenance and hardy plant that is not highly susceptible to pests and diseases. However, like most plants, it can still encounter some issues when its growing conditions are not optimal.
DeadheadingCut the plant back halfway after the first set of blooms fade to get a second set of flowers.
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