Walker's Low Catmint

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Catmint Walker's Low (Nepeta x faassenii 'Walker's Low')
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Walker's Low Catmint is another great plant for the sunny perennial border. It's fragrant, gray-green foliage is fine textured and is a great backdrop to the lavender blue flowers. Find a sunny location in almost any kind of soil and you will be all set for this easy maintenance perennial. The Lavender-blue flowers adorn this plant almost all season long. Height of 18-24" if planted in good rich soils, it can get up to 2½' across. It will remain smaller in heavier soils.

Planting & Care for Catmint Perennial Plants 

Preparation

  • Catmint prefers an open, sunny position but tolerates partial shade.
  • It will be most fragrant if it’s planted in a sunny site.
  • Catmint does best in fertile sandy loams.
  • They are low-growing perennials reaching 1-3 feet in height.
  • Catmint can be planted in March-June, September or October.
  • Hardy to 4 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Plant it near vegetables to deter flea beetles. The scent is also said to deter rats.
  • As members of the mint family have a high water requirement, keep this plant moist at all times. Do not stand pots in water, however, as this can drown the plant.
  • Mulch lightly in spring and fall, and give a balanced general fertilizer in spring.
  • Feed with nitrogen-rich fertilizer such as poultry manure in spring for more leaf growth.

Opening Plant Material

  • Completely saturate all container plants by putting in a larger container of water until stops bubbling, then remove the plant from the container. 

Planting containers

  • Catmint can be planted in March-June, September or October.
  • Dig a hole no deeper than the depth of the container and 6" or more wider on the sides.
  • Slide plant from pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot.
  • With shovel or knife trim bottom 2" off of the root ball for plants in plastic containers.
  • Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move plants by the tops.
  • Place the root ball in the hole.
  • Adjust the plant height so the root crown is slightly higher than the ground.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer
  • Back-fill the hole with soil, making sure the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle soil around the root ball.
  • Water frequently when newly planted. 

Pruning - After Planting

  • Although it is not essential for container plants to be pruned after planting, a light pruning to remove any broken branches during shipment and improve shape will help the looks of your new planting.

Pruning - Through-out the Season

  • Prune catmint during or after flowering also to encourage new growth and possibly a second round of flowers. When it flowers in the spring and early summer, individually prune spent flowers to the ground, or cut the entire plant back by one-half to two-thirds after it is finished flowers. Discard the trimmings.

Watering - After Planting

  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as often as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

Watering - Through-out the Season

  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

 

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Handling & Planting Guidelines

Special Features & Videos on Catmint Perennial Plants 

Special Plant Features & Tips

  • Catmint prefers an open, sunny position but tolerates partial shade.
  • It will be most fragrant if it’s planted in a sunny site.
  • Catmint does best in fertile sandy loams.
  • They are low-growing perennials reaching 1-3 feet in height.
  • Catmint can be planted in March-June, September or October.
  • Hardy to 4 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Plant it near vegetables to deter flea beetles. The scent is also said to deter rats.
  • As members of the mint family have a high water requirement, keep this plant moist at all times. Do not stand pots in water, however, as this can drown the plant.
  • Mulch lightly in spring and fall, and give a balanced general fertilizer in spring.
  • Feed with nitrogen-rich fertilizer such as poultry manure in spring for more leaf growth.
  • Prune catmint during or after flowering also to encourage new growth and possibly a second round of flowers. When it flowers in the spring and early summer, individually prune spent flowers to the ground, or cut the entire plant back by one-half to two-thirds after it is finished flowers. Discard the trimmings.
  • Catmint can be planted in March-June, September or October. 

How to plant containers

 

Pruning Perennials in their Dormancy

 

ItemApprox Weight (lbs.)Approx Base Dimensions (diameter)Approx Height
#7 Grow Bag** 35-50 14-16" 5-8'
#10 Grow Bag** 55-70 18" 6-8'
#15 Grow Bag** 65-80 22" 6-10'
#20 Grow Bag** 75-100 24" 8-12'
1 1/4" B&B** 250-500 22" for single stems, 28" for multiple stems  8-11'
1 1/2" B&B** 325-600 24" for single stems, 30" for multiple stems  10-12'
2" B&B** 500-700 28" for single stems, 32" for multiple stems 10-14'
2 1/2" B&B** 600-1000 30" for single stems, 36" for multiple stems 10-15'
3" B&B** 850-1000 34"-36"  12-16'
3 1/2" B&B** 1000 36"  12-18'
10' B&B** 250 22"  10'
12' B&B** 325 24"  12'
14' B&B** 500 28" 14'
16' B&B** 600 30"  16'
2' B&B** 50 12-16"  2'
3' B&B** 60-250 16-22"  3'
4' B&B** 250 22-24" 4'
5' B&B** 325 22-24"  5'
6' B&B** 150-325 16-24" 6'
7' B&B** 500-700 28-32"  7'
8' B&B** 600-700 14-30"  8'
9' B&B** 700 32"  9'
#3 container* Less than 35  10" 10" 
#5 container** 40 11" 10.5" 
#7 container** 60 14" 12" 
#10 container** 80 14" 14 
#20 container** 160 19.5" 17" 
Bare Root* varies, but always lighter no soil on roots varies depending on item

*#1 - #3 containers and bare root are the only items that can be shipped FedEx and/or by our delivery trucks (see below for more information regarding pick-up and local delivery. 

**Any items over 100 Ibs., #5 - #20 containers or B&B can only be delivered by our trucks due to FedEx shipping weight and size restrictions. Our trusted trucks only deliver around a 100 miles radius from our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Any item you order can be picked-up at our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin or our new retail garden center Winterland Nursery for free (bare root orders cannot be picked up at Winterland due to lack of bare root coolers). See our estimated delivery schedule here

Growing Zones: 4-9

Bloom Time: June-Frost
Color: Blue, Green, Purple
Plant Size: 18-30" tall (if planted in good rich soils)
Flower Color: purple
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Low Maintenance: Yes
Deer Resistant: Yes
Attracts Butterflies: Yes
Attracts Bees: Yes
Attracts Birds: No
Edible: No
Native: No

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