Growing Catnip in Containers
The catnip plant is usually grown for its leaves that are used for making medicinal preparations like herbal tea. It is also called the Nepeta plant. Catnip is a hardy, low-maintenance plant. It usually grows up to 4-feet tall. Catnips are often used for creating contrasting landscaping due to their compact, perennial green foliage. The seasonal bloom consists of bright, purple flowers. Growing catnips indoors is easy. It can be grown in containers and needs little maintenance.
Step 1 - Procuring Containers & Seeds
Plastic containers are ideal for indoor gardening. They can be bought from hardware or garden supply stores. Retailed, gardening (plastic) containers are equipped with precision holes that allow easy drainage. You can also use plastic containers found in your house. While buying catnip seeds, enquire about their sprouting attribute. The retailer should specify if these are late or early-blooming catnip seeds. The organic, fast-sprouting seeds are regarded as ideal for household gardening.
Step 2 - Preparing Potting Soil
Catnips are undemanding about the type of potting soil used. However, you should use nutritious soil to stimulate early sprouting of the seeds. Use potting soil that isn't more than one-season old. The soil should be free from any kind of chemical fertilizers or plastic mulches. Remove all weeds from the potting soil.
Step 3 - Preparing Potting Containers
Dry each pot by placing it under direct sunlight. The potting soil should be slightly moistened. It should not be dripping with water but should be soft enough to be easily, kneaded. If your garden soil does not drain well, add some sandy soil to the potting soil mix. Fill nearly ¾ of each pot with the potting soil.
Step 4 - Planting Seeds
Using your thumb, make a small depression in the potting soil. The indentation should be about 1/8-inch deep. Sprinkle some of the catnip seeds in this indentation. Cover the seeds with the potting soil. You don’t need to water the soil after placing the seeds or clamp it. After 24 hours of planting the seeds, cover the container with a plastic sheet. This helps to sustain a moist environment that stimulates growth within the seeds.
Step 5 - Basic Care
Place the container where it is slightly shaded. Catnip seeds are very vulnerable to waterlogging, so minimal watering is recommended. You should water the container only if the top soil seems a bit dry. When the first sprouts appear, remove the plastic sheet. When the sprouts are nearly 2-inches, the container can be moved to a permanent location. Hanging catnip containers is the norm. They are ideal plants to be grown in hanging pots since they need very little caring. You need to water the catnips occasionally. Besides this, seasonal pinching of some leaves ensure that new growth is stimulated. This also helps to prevent catnips developing a shrub-like appearance. You can prune the leaves if the plant appears clustered. However, pruning should be kept to a minimum and done prior to the spring season. Use lightweight gardening scissors for pruning catnips.