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Questions About Catmint Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
July 31, 2011

Q. Catmint Placement

What type of sun exposure do Catmint prefer? Soil type? Maximum size for them?

Answered by
Nikki on
August 1, 2011
Certified Expert
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This plant is extremely easy to grow. It requires full sun to partial shade and average, well-draining soil. Catmint does require lots of space to grow and are aggressive growers, crowding out other plants if given the chance. Therefore, surround it with a border edging or use containers (bottomless if in garden).

Catmint is usually grown from seed and sown in the garden during spring, spaced 12" apart. While size varies with variety, it can reach between 1-4 feet high with a 1-3 foot spread.

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Asked by
becky on
August 4, 2011

Q. Catmint Plants

I planted new catmint plants in July, about a month ago, when should I trim the plants, still this summer or wait till fall? How much water is needed for new plants? Thank You

Answered by
Susan75023 on
August 5, 2011
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This is a focus plant on this site but I have provided the link to it.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/mint/catmint-plant.htm

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Asked by
Beachgrandma on
September 2, 2012

Q. Is catmint deer resistant

I have catmint in my garden in NY, where I live in the country and where deer are plentiful. The deer do not touch the catmint, although they happily munch on other plants in my garden. I love this plant because it is as reliable a plant as there can be. It does not require any maintenance and establishes and propagates very quickly–so quickly, in fact, that it probably qualifies as being invasive. I am ok with its invasive nature on my property because I have four acres of hillside to cover, so it fits my needs well, but you may want to take care when considering this plant for your garden.

Answered by
Nikki on
September 3, 2012
Certified Expert
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While no plant is 100% deer proof, catmint does seem to deter deer most of the time, along with other fragrant plants. And yes, they are also aggressive growers too.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 6, 2015

Q. catmint care

Will cutting back catmint during or after bloom encourage reblooming?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 8, 2015
Certified Expert
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Yes, deadheading spent blooms promotes additional flowering.

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Asked by
pjxcooper on
July 1, 2015
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Q. foliage looks dead on my catmint plant

Why does the foliage all look so dead on my catmint plant after blooms fade? The plant looks healthy and beautiful in the spring and around and of June they look horrible. All leaves start to turn brown and crispy from the bottom up.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 2, 2015
Certified Expert
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I just actually walked around the garden where I have my Catmint planted!
After the flowers have faded I find that the foliage also begins to fade. I cut my plants down to about 8 inches from the ground.
I have been able to encourage a 2nd blooming from my plants the last two summers by doing this.

You could give the plants a light feeding of an all purpose fertilizer after cutting back.
Here is a link with growing information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/mint/catmint-plant.htm

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Asked by
catmiintbob on
April 15, 2016
Bloomington Minnesota zone 4

Q. Preparing Catmint seed for propagation

Do you have to pre-moisten the seed before putting in the soil? In general, what is the right way to start from seed with catmint?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 17, 2016
Certified Expert
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No you do not need to soak the seeds prior to planting.
Press them into the moistened soil and keep them moist until germination.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/mint/catmint-plant.htm

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Asked by
vina callanan on
August 7, 2016
11930

Q. nepeta

My nepeta, which is often robust and covered with flowers, has this year become sparse with yellow leaves at the base. What am I doing wrong?

Answered by
Alisma on
August 8, 2016
Certified Expert
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Yellowing of the leaves at the base along with poor growth can indicate nitrogen deficiency, or less commonly, magnesium or potassium deficiency. Try supplementing with a fertilizer that provides these nutrients. Conventional and organic options are available in gardening stores.

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