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Catmint [Nepeta cataria]

Catmint [Nepeta cataria]

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Tips to reduce water requirements

We recommend mulching the beds
Experience has shown that by covering the floor with hay or straw, evaporation can be reduced by 80%. If you keep the beds evenly moist, an optimal humid microclimate will be created under the mulch. This not only promotes the growth of plants, but also enormously reduces water consumption. On our farm we only water every 2-3 days and irrigate a 200 m2 cultivation area in the Algarve in Portugal with 500l of water. Our beds are always moist, which promotes plant growth and harvest quality.

It is also advisable to keep the beds moist at all times, even if the bed is not used for a certain period of time
The desiccation of the soil leads to a huge decline in micro-and macro-organisms in the soil, resulting in a barren soil over time. Tests have shown that the water content in the entire bed with full-scale irrigation remains longer than if watering is only carried out selectively. Due to the small volume of the poured surfaces, in contrast to the large dry volume, they dry out faster than if the entire volume of the bed is filled with moisture. Similar to heating in an apartment.

Maintaining an energy level always requires less energy than having to achieve it again and again.

Shipping and pick-up information

We offer CTT shipping for Saagut Europe and USA far! With us you will always receive a tracking number to track your package. Shipping costs differ depending on the shipping region. Here is a list of regions and prices:

National Shipping
Portugal (with the Azores and Madeira Islands)
Envelope or package up to 500g = € 3.50
2 kg Bus Package = 8 €
Package over 2 kg = 16 €

Europe Shipping
Envelope up to 100g = 7 €
500g Bus Package = 9,50 €
1kg Bus Package = 14 €
2kg Bus Package = 20 €
Package over 2kg = 40 €

USA Shipping
Envelope up to 100g = € 7.50
500g Bus Package = 15,50 €
1 kg Bus Package = 24 €
2 kg Bus Package = 33,50 €
Package over 2 kg = 67 €

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Catmint is a perennial hardy tea, medicinal plant and bee pasture native to southern Europe. In Eurasia, the cat-loving plant is widespread and can be found in Europe at altitudes of up to 900 meters. Cats are especially crazy about this plant in the spring, which changes later in the year when the plant forms more essential oils. It develops characteristic small edible blue flowers that attract insects. It exudes a pleasant minty citrus scent that keeps mosquitoes away and has a mild taste. All parts of the plant can be used as a slightly soothing tea and can be mixed well with other herbs. The tea has a slightly sedative and hypnotic effect. The culture is straightforward and thrives on almost all soils.

General information
Plant family: Lamiaceae
Life Cycle: Perennial
Days to harvest: 100 days
Plant height approx.: 120 cm
Root Type: Deep Root
Nutrient requirements: Weak Eaters
Water Requirements: Low
Winter hardiness: Up to-15 °C
Location: Sunny
Floor: Persistent, sandy, stony, calcareous

PH: 6 to 7

Sowing and planting information
Germ Type: Light germ
Seed Depth: 0 cm
Optimal germination temperature: 15-20 °C
Germination time: 7-28 days
Planting, row spacing: 35x40 cm

Optimal mixed culture: -
Unfavorable mixed culture: -

Subtropic climate (Mediterranean) (e. g. B. Portugal, Spain, Italy)
Sow directly outdoors from February to July.

Moderate climate (e. g. B. Germany, Switzerland, Poland)
Sow directly outdoors from April to May. We recommend pre-cultivation in small bowls from March to April. The plants are separated into the bed from a height of approx. 8cm.

No-till sown is unfavorable due to the possible drying out or carrying away of small animals such as ants. Therefore, pre-cultivation often makes more sense. Plant mint seedlings or pre-cultivated plants in pots simply with enough space to each other directly in the field.
Catnip prefers a fully sunny location with permeable, dry to moist, sandy, stony and calcareous soil.

Additional tips
Cut the flower back immediately after the first flowering, then it blooms twice in the same year. Protect the plants from cats in the young stage, they can affect the small plants in growth, from which they always recover. Another option is sowing in large pots.

Type of propagation
Spread occurs via seeds or cuttings.

Care Plants
During long dry periods, it is advisable to give the plants additional water. Due to the initially slow growth of the plants, we recommend weeding the surrounding herbs regularly. M It animal manure prepared beds and planting in mixed culture, replaces additional fertilization.

Germination ability of seeds: 2-3 years

Other Names
Botanical names: Nepeta cataria
English Names: Catmint, Catnip
German names: Echte Katzenminze, Katzenkraut, Katzenmelisse, Steinmelisse
Portuguese names: Menta de gato
Spanish Names: Hierba gatera, Hierba gatuna
French names: Herbe à chat, Cataire

  • Made in harmony with nature
  • All seeds and seedlings are genetically stable for further propagation
  • Our seeds are always checked for germination at regular intervals
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