Catmint (Nepeta) Propagation

>> Saturday, January 15, 2011

Catmint is one of my favorite perennials in the garden. It's extremely easy to take care of, looks great, and attracts a significant number of pollinators. When the leaves are crushed the plant emits a strong minty flavor that makes it nearly impossible to walk by without pulling a leaf or two to smell! It is very similar to catnip but with a stronger minty scent.  

How to Propagate:
Cuttings: stem tip

Best Times to Propagate Catmint:
Spring through Summer

How to make cuttings of catmint.

  • Take 3-4 inch long cuttings.
  • Remove all the leaves except for two to four at the top of the cutting.  
  • Pinch the tip to encourage branching.
  • Dip the end in rooting hormone and place it in a rooting medium. Rooting hormone isn't necessary but will speed rooting.
  • Keep the cuttings moist and monitor the cutting for a week to two weeks. I've found some catmint cuttings will root in as little as 5 days under the right conditions. 

 Every time a stem tip cut is made it will result in branching which encourages a bushier plant and gives you more material for future cuttings!


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