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#1 Greasy6020 ONLINE  

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Posted March 16, 2016 - 08:47 AM

I have several questions on growing catnip. I was voluntold that I was going to grow catnip this year to sell it at the local farmers market.

Is it frost tolerant? We have a risk of frost the first week of June, don't need plants getting killed off if we don't cover them

How should I time the harvests? Should I take one cut in the fall when it has buds etc on it or, multiple cuts throughout the summer?

How should I plant it? Start it indoors and transplant or direct seed it?

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Posted March 16, 2016 - 08:49 AM

We have the stuff growing wild all over the house. Can't tell you about actually trying to grow it/harvesting it, but ours comes back every year and grows wild.


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Posted March 16, 2016 - 09:06 AM

Catnip grows wild around my place too. when you mow it down it grows back every bit as fast as the rest of the weeds.


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Posted March 16, 2016 - 09:33 AM

Thing is, I need it to be good potent stuff. I thought someone here would know...

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Posted March 16, 2016 - 09:40 AM

Check with a garden center, Earl May, or the internet.  Have it growing wild here also.  Never thought about it as a cash crop.



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Posted March 16, 2016 - 09:51 AM

Thing is, I need it to be good potent stuff. I thought someone here would know...

The stuff in my yard sure makes the cats go wild. You should have seen what happened when I left some in the mod lounge!


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Posted March 16, 2016 - 09:51 AM

Great idea,

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Posted March 16, 2016 - 10:31 AM

The stuff in my yard sure makes the cats go wild. You should have seen what happened when I left some in the mod lounge!

 

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Posted March 16, 2016 - 11:59 AM

It grows wild around here as well. My wife had two cats when I met her and we had some catnip in the backyard at our first house. Cats like every part of the plant, but the flower buds are the most potent. If I were you, I would just harvest the buds and leave the rest of the plant. It will come back year after year, so plan a spot that you don't need to till around. It is also supposed to repell rats, so planting around barns etc might be an idea. As for when to plant, I looked it up in a seed catalog and it says to sow outdoors in mid-May, does best with full sun. You might want to seed a little later up where you are.

 

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Posted March 16, 2016 - 12:55 PM

I direct seeded it in the garden early in May, by the time it came up there was no frost danger. As said, it will come back year after year and can be invasive from both seed and underground. Buds and leaves are the most potent.... I found that if I cut the plant back to around three inches when harvesting and then watered well it will come back quickly with nice tender second growth. Hang the branches to air dry and just crush the dried leaves, flowers/buds, and most tender stems, bag them up in baggies. If you want to go to the trouble, catnip can be picked green, like dill, and frozen in baggies to be given to cats that way. Just another way to make a mess, IMO., but my cats like it that way too.
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Posted March 16, 2016 - 04:04 PM

I have catnip I planted in my back yard. I've never caught cats sneaking around it.


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Posted March 16, 2016 - 04:21 PM

it's in the mint family , it grows the same as any other mint really just keep cutting and comes back. it's not a true perennial but more of biannual usually it re seeds. it's kinda of invasive once you get it growing
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Posted March 18, 2016 - 09:28 AM

The stuff in my yard sure makes the cats go wild. You should have seen what happened when I left some in the mod lounge!

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Posted March 18, 2016 - 09:56 AM

It grows wild around here as well. My wife had two cats when I met her and we had some catnip in the backyard at our first house. Cats like every part of the plant, but the flower buds are the most potent. If I were you, I would just harvest the buds and leave the rest of the plant. It will come back year after year, so plan a spot that you don't need to till around. It is also supposed to repell rats, so planting around barns etc might be an idea. As for when to plant, I looked it up in a seed catalog and it says to sow outdoors in mid-May, does best with full sun. You might want to seed a little later up where you are.

 

Jim

Seems the buds are always the best part!


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