Herb. Nepetilla, Lesser Calamint


Herb. Nepetilla, Lesser Calamint

Lesser calamint produces fine, upright stems which are covered with small, shiny, dark green leaves, forming a little bush from 12 to 18 inches tall, and twice as wide. In late August, it produces a cloud of infinitesimal pale lavender flowers that continue blooming for up to six weeks. As the days become cooler, the color of the tiny, lipped blossoms deepens.

Noteworthy Characteristics:  A member of the mint family, it spreads, but is not invasive. Fragrant leaves.
Care:  Site in full sun or part shade and moist but well-drained soil.
Propagation:  Sow seed in containers in spring, or divide in early spring.
Problems:  Powdery mildew.
Nepetilla is best started indoors under controlled conditions for best results in germination.
Container: Nepetilla like to spread it’s roots. A 2-3″ starting pot is best.
Media: A light, sterile growing media that has moderate moisture retaining qualities.
Light: Sunlight is required for good germination.
Cover depth: Barely cover the seeds so sunlight can penetrate to the growing seed.
Moisture: Water thoroughly for the first day or two and then KEEP MOIST but not wet thereafter. If the seeds are allowed to dry at any stage of germination they WILL NOT produce plants.
Keep new plants moist but NOT WET throughout the early growth.
Transplanting outdoors: After all danger of frost is past and the plant is about 3-4″ tall. Transplanting too soon will send the young tender plant into shock and it may not recover.
Maintaining: Keep the young Nepetilla plants watered on a regular basis. After the plants have acclimated and grown a good root system they are fairly drought tolerant and will survive most winters.
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