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May 25, 2018 10:57 PM CST
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Dear Group.

I am new to this group. Last summer, I grew a big pot of catnip, which I make into tea to help me sleep. When it started to get cold, I brought the catnip indoors and put it in a south east facing window under a plant light. After a brief adjustment period, the catnip grew again.

Last month, when it got warm again, I put it back out on my deck in the sun. Last summer it thrived in this environment. However, the plant immediately wilted and died. This happened within 3 days or so. I watered it, but it was too late.

Does anybody have any idea what happened? I had to buy a new plant.
May 26, 2018 3:00 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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Jeez, I didn't think anything short of spraying it with a weed killer would do it in. I have a bunch of it that the Spousal Unit mows off everytime we mow yard. Still comes back. I guess I need to tell him to avoid it for a couple of mowings............the kitties LOVE their fresh 'nip.

Can't help you with your problem.
May 26, 2018 5:12 AM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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Did you accustom it gradually to being back outdoors in the sun? Do you know what kind of catnip it was, was it Nepeta cataria (which is a short-lived perennial)? If it was short of water there comes a point where watering is too late to save a plant but I'd have thought a plant like that might have regrown from the base even if the top died back.
May 26, 2018 6:04 AM CST
Name: Christine
NY zone 5a
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I agree with Sue, if you put it out directly into bright sun thats what killed it. I learned that the hard way, now I know to acclimate them over a weeks period.
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