Sow Outside: Seeds: Cover seed. Start of spring - before the last frost, or towards the end of autumn.
Sow Inside: Germination time: one to three weeks. Temperature: 60 to 70°F (15—21°C). Start two months in advance. Transplant outdoors just before the expected last light frost or towards the end of autumn. Spacing 10 to 24 inches (20 to 60 cm).
Requirements and care: Full sunlight or partial shade. Soil pH 5.5 to 7.0. Sandy soil. Light soil. Can survive in dry soils. Cutback with sheers once flowering has occurred; this may result in further blooming. To maintain vigour it is recommended to divide Nepeta plants every three years or so. Propagate: by dividing at the beginning of spring or by taking cuttings once flowering has finished.
Closely Related Species: Mint and Sage.
Miscellaneous: Cats love this plant as it contains nepetalactone; if there are cats in your area and you do not want them in your garden it is not recommended to grow this plant. If you are a cat lover however… then both leaves and flowers can be dried and given as a gift to your feline friend. Can also be used to repel mosquitos. Can be invasive in some areas, so best to grow in a contained area to prevent spread.