Why does my Cat Nip not germinate?

General    Racine WI

Started Cat Nip indoors under lights 14 Days ago, followed directions temp is about 60 Deg but getting nothing. help!

Posted by: Wayne Clingman (2 points) Wayne Clingman
Posted: April 10, 2013


I found that while germinating very fine seeds like catnip I had to keep the top of the soil fairly moist since the seeds are not planted very deeply and the surface dries out so fast. A walmart sack or cut translucent plastic set on top of the seed starting area helped retain moisture while waiting for germination so I did not have to mist the soil twice a day. It took my cat nip at least 14 days to germinate.

Same with lemon balm, basil and most plants in that mint family (Lamiaceae http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamiaceae) very fine seeded and shallow requiring more care to maintain moisture.

Anyhow, keep em moist, horticulture is a test of patience and good luck.

Posted by: Wurgulf (1 point) Wurgulf
Posted: April 11, 2013

Wayne Clingman commented,
Thank you!
over 10 years ago.

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