When catmint leaves are picked, dried and kept away from sunlight, it has a pungent smell that is intensely refreshing. Many cat owners find this herb very aromatic. Catmint is a natural essential oil with several benefits. It is often found in toothpaste, soaps, shampoos, and mouthwashes. Some cat owners like to grow catmint in a pot, adding it to the garden when the plant has established itself as an attractive blooming plant.
A similar essential oil, jasmine, is found in lavender and Rosemary. Both of these essential oils are distilled from the plants. When growing herbs for aromatherapy, lavender and Rosemary are ideal choices. They have pleasing citrus flavors. Both lavender and Rosemary are also found to be appealing to feline pets, with some of them displaying a sweetly induced euphoria upon the smell of the flowers.
For a cat-owner, the most obvious choice for growing herbs for their cat’s health is lavender. However, catmint has another advantage over lavender flowers. It is a stronger, more potent herb. This makes lavender flowers more expensive than pet lavender flowers. Because of this, some cat owners choose to supplement their cat’s diet with catmint. Since the two herbs compete for the same nutrients, the result is a balanced cat herb garden with the two plants producing a mutually beneficial relationship.
Basil is another popular choice for growing herbs for the cat. In fact, many cat owners prefer basil for their indoor herb garden because it does not dry out as fast as some of the other houseplants. Basil also goes well with other plants, such as chives and scented grass. You can place basil in hanging baskets on the windowsill or you can place it in pots on the windowsill. Keep the plants watered while they’re growing.
Catmint plants are hardy plants that do not require a lot of care. As long as you follow the proper planting instructions, you should be able to get an excellent crop each year. If you plant your mint in a container, you should place it in a spot that receives an average amount of sun during the day and shade at night. Mint tends to grow much better when it is planted in a container versus being planted in soil.
When you choose which varieties of catmint plants you will plant, you need to keep in mind how fast they mature. Mint that is kept in pots will tend to mature faster than ones that are planted in flower beds. Keep in mind that the plants don’t all produce the same amount of leaves each year. Mint leaves that are harvested from the flowering buds are the strongest. Keep in mind that the flowering buds don’t produce as much foliage as the main foliage of the plant does.
After you have selected which varieties of catmint you will be growing, you’ll need to know how to take care of them properly. It helps to take a sharp knife and cut off some of the leaf tissue along the stem cuttings before planting them. The cuttings will produce new shoots as long as there is enough of the stem cuttings for them to grow. The shoots should be planted in medium-sized pots. Before you plant them, remember to moisten the growing media (potting mix) to help the roots develop properly.
If you are interested in growing mint in a container, try growing some of these other mint favorites first. You can also purchase annual herbs at your local nursery or online and save money by growing your herbs in containers. This is especially nice if you are growing herbs for consumption. In addition, these containers are ideal for growing herbs that don’t require replanting after they bloom. In this case, you just have to remove the flowers from the pot, water them a bit, and then plant them in your garden. These easy methods will ensure that your plants have an abundant supply of moisture throughout the growing season, making it easier to maintain your indoor herb garden.