Herbs forum: Catnip

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Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
Apr 16, 2016 11:51 AM CST
I need tips on getting seeds of cattnip to germinate.
I've tried sowing indoors cool and warm no luck
I've tried sowing directly outdoors no luck

Maybe I'm just impatient and they take longer than I expect them to?
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Apr 16, 2016 12:17 PM CST
I've had similar experiences and usually just gave up and bought a couple of plants. I've seen these directions, but how is one to keep the temp in that narrow a range for that long?
http://homeguides.sfgate.com/germinate-catnip-29667.html
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Coppice
Apr 16, 2016 12:27 PM CST
Last time I started some, they popped under lights. I bet they would winter-sow OK though.

I just put some skullcap out in a WS-jug a couple weeks ago.

Skullcap is yet another mentha.
Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
Apr 16, 2016 1:48 PM CST
I'm happy to hear it's not just me being inexperienced with sowing them.
I did buy a plant today but being stubborn I still intend to try getting them to germinate from seeds.
Name: Sean B Murray
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Whitebeard
Apr 16, 2016 4:55 PM CST
As the seeds like it on the warm side, one would think direct sow, late(r) spring should do it. I know I am not one to wait too long before I get seeds in, so maybe timing is the trick. Or have you tried that already too?
Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
Apr 16, 2016 6:43 PM CST
Not yet. I ordered seeds from Harris Seeds I think and had no luck also got them in a swap once no luck so I'm thinking it is the timing that is the problem. Now I have my own plant and hope Meow doesn't care about it I am going to try getting seeds from it and see what happens.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Apr 16, 2016 9:03 PM CST
I have to put some cages around catnip plants. Otherwise the cats will love them to death!
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Apr 18, 2016 7:02 PM CST
Catnip self-sows for me like crazy... and I collected some seeds last fall and started them with my other seeds under lights and they sprouted without any problem. Possibly the seed needs to be fresh, or maybe it needs light to germinate? I think I also winter sowed some, but so far the only thing I have sprouting in any of my 15 jugs (which probably represents at least 30 different things planted), is some Sweet Annie just beginning to show.

My cats are crazy for it too -- but that's why I have it! Rolling my eyes.
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crazypetunias
Apr 19, 2016 9:28 AM CST
I grow a few catnip plants each year for my 2 indoor cats. This is what I do:

potting soil in a small tin tray
sprinkle some seeds on top
Spray with water to saturate
cover with saran wrap and secure with a rubber band
place on window sill

My seeds sprout in a bout 1~2 weeks. They are very small and spindly at first. Once they start leafing out, then I transplant into pots.
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gardengus
Apr 22, 2016 6:07 AM CST
Sounds like great advise Thumbs up
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 4, 2016 9:45 AM CST
I used to have a catnip plant but the cats rolled it to death. I've been taking starts from folks since then, but can't get them past the cat killing stage. I may have to cage it until it gets big enough for some feline lovin'.

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Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
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kittriana
Jun 20, 2016 2:46 PM CST
My cats have never liked catnip- I never tried Santolina instead, did have a lavender the old Rott tjought was his catnip...
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jun 20, 2016 6:53 PM CST
Catnip!

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(as if this cat needs to be any crazier...)
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