Coltivare la propria erba gatta al chiuso

Outdoors, catnip known to spread easily, growing into jumbled patches that attract cats from miles around. Indoors, you can successfully grow it on a sunny windowsill, providing you give it enough water and remember to pinch out the flowers to encourage leaf growth. You can start pinching off leaves as soon as the plant reaches about 6 to 8 inches in height. Your cat will appreciate it. Aside from cats, the biggest challenge you’ll likely face is a lack of sufficient sunlight, which causes spindly and leggy plants.
While many people report that they like the fragrant, herbal smell of catnip, some people find that it has a vaguely skunky odor that is off-putting. Although catnip is a perennial plant , it’s probably easier to grow them indoors for only a single growing season, and replace them with smaller and more manageable specimens.
Catnip is not an especially difficult plant to grow indoors. It thrives on a sunny location in well-drained potting soil. If it goes into flower, snip off the flower buds to encourage stronger leaf growth. Catnip grown indoors will not have the same potency as catnip grown outdoors, but your cats will still immensely enjoy it .
Catnip is not particularly picky about outdoor sunlight, but indoors it must receive as much direct sunlight as possible, up to five hours a day of strong sunlight on a bright windowsill. Too little sunlight produces leggy and spindly growth.
Catnip prefers average-to-medium moisture. Potting soil must drain well and the container must have adequate drainage holes. The plant recovers quickly from wilting, so it’s best to err on the side of dry rather than too wet, which might encourage root rot.
Any good quality, rich, fast-draining potting soil will likely do.
Feed with a weak liquid fertilizer throughout the growing season.
Catnip propagates easily from both leaf-tip cuttings and seeds. To take a cutting, remove a small piece of new growth early in the growing season and plant, use a rooting hormone to increase chances of success, and plant the cutting in a fresh container of sterile potting soil. Mantieni la talea umida e mettila in luce filtrata finché non emerge una nuova crescita.
L’erba gatta è anche un’erba comune venduta nei garden center, quindi puoi sempre acquistare nuove piantine e trapiantarle in vasi più grandi fino al momento di scartare la pianta.
L’erba gatta è una pianta perenne che generalmente cresce da due a tre piedi se coltivata all’aperto. All’interno, a patto che gli diate abbastanza luce solare diretta e la giusta quantità d’acqua, potrebbe crescere fino a due piedi di altezza ma non così alta se coltivata all’aperto.
In realtà, l’erba gatta indoor non ha la potenza dell’erba gatta coltivata all’aperto e sembra più ragionevole coltivare piante indoor solo per una singola stagione di crescita. Puoi propagare nuove piante seminando nuovi semi o prelevando talee e facendole radicare
Se vuoi rinvasare una piccola pianta di erba gatta, aumenta la dimensione del vaso di una misura più grande, usa terriccio fresco e fai attenzione a non danneggiare l’apparato radicale.
Fai attenzione a non appannare eccessivamente le tue piante; l’eccessiva nebulizzazione favorisce la muffa. L’erba gatta è vulnerabile ai parassiti tra cui afidi, cocciniglie, squame e mosche bianche. Se possibile, identifica l’infestazione il prima possibile e trattala con l’opzione meno tossica.

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