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About This Plant...
Family: Labiatae
Genus and species: Nepeta cataria
Plant type: perennial
Height and width: 12-36 inches high; spreads readily
Location and soil: sun or partial shade; tolerates moist or dry soil
Uses: dried leaves in tea; feline intoxicant; bees like flowers
Propagation methods: seeds and cuttings
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 6-10 weeks
When to transplant to garden: after last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: after last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: 7-10 days
Germination temp.: 60-70 degrees F.
Days to maturity: 80 days
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 18 inches
Spacing between rows: 24 inches
Growing On...
Harvest: pick young leaves and flowering tops when fully open, before they turn brown; dry on a wire rack in a shady place, then store in an airtight jar
Growing tips: grow plants in pots buried to the rim to prevent unwanted spreading

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