Catmint Planting and Care Guide
Quick Facts About Catmind
Catmint is a beautiful addition to the home garden with gray-green foliage and clusters of flowers that bloom all season long. Bees and other pollinators are attracted to Catmint, and there is also a long history of herbal uses including teas and insect repellants. Catmint is very similar to Catnip.
Catmint seeds can be started directly in the garden in the spring once frost danger has passed. To start the herb seeds earlier, start them indoors 6 - 8 weeks prior to the last expected frost.
Plant Catmint in full sun to partial shade. The plants need to have room to spread out, but they are extremely versatile and thrive in many locations.
How to Plant Catmint
- Work the garden soil several inches deep
- Add compost to the soil to improve drainage
- Directly sow the seeds 1/4 inch deep
- Keep the soil moist for germination
- Space the plants 18 - 24 inches apart
Care And Maintenance
- Catmint plants are perennial, so the first year of estalishment the plants will need regular irrigations
- Subsequent years, the plants tolerate drying out in-between irrigations
- Once the plants have bloomed, trim them back by 1/3 to encourage a second bloom
- Divide the plants every 3 - 4 years in the spring or fall