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Nepeta Blue Prelude

Scientific Name : Nepeta hybrid
Common Name : Japanese Cat Mint
Hardiness Zone : 5a - 9a
Hardiness Degree : -20°F (-29°C)
Blooming Season : Summer, Late Spring
Plant Habit : Mounded
Characteristics : Attracts Bees, Attracts Butterflies, Scented Foliage
Water : Medium
Fertilizer : Once a month
Spacing : 36 - 48" (91 - 122cm)
Height : 28 - 36" (71 - 91cm)
Width : 24 - 30" (61 - 76cm)
Exposure : Sun
General Information : This beautiful Nepeta will flower for months in the Spring and Summer. Attracts pollinators with its fragrant leaves.
Idea & Tips : Plant in a sunny location with plenty of room to grow. Trim plants to the ground each Fall.
Grower InformationFirst-year-flowering, robust plant in the landscape with large flowers and medium controlled habit. 
  • Scales to 3 ft. in the second year. 
  • Offers pest and disease resistance.
  • Features a long flowering season.
  • Attracts pollinators with its fragrant foliage.
  • Minty fragrance to leaves. 
  • Ideal for 2.5-qt. and 1-gal. pot sizes. 
'Balneplud'
Protection InformationEU PBRAF; PPAF
(Flowering Only License)
Breeder : Darwin Perennials
  • Propagation Guide

    • Media EC/pH:
      EC 0.75-0.80 mmhos/pH 5.8-6.2
      Soil Temperature:
      70-72°F (21-22°C)
      Rooting Hormone:
      500-1,000 ppm IBA
      Mist:
      Moderate
      Fertilization:
      50-75 ppm N
      Pinching:
      Recommended.
      Transplanting:
      35-42 days after sticking
      Comments:
      Roots quickly. Plan to pinch in liner tray.
  • Finishing Guide

    • Media pH:
      5.8-6.2
      Temperature:
      Nights: 55 to 70°F (13 to 21°C) Days: 60 to 80°F (15 to 27°C)
      Light Level (fc):
      5,000 to 8,000
      Vernalization:
      No
      Daylength:
      Long day facultative
      Watering:
      Allow media to dry moderately between watering.
      Fertilization:
      Use a balanced fertilizer at a rate of 125 to 150 ppm.
      Pinch After Transplant:
      Not necessary when pinched in liner.
      Plant Growth Regulators:
      Use B-Nine/Cycocel 2,500/800 ppm to control height
      Pests and Fungal Diseases:
      Aphids, White fly, Spider mites
  • Crop Scheduling

    • 1–qt. (10–cm) pot, 1 plant per pot:
      Not recommended
      1–gal. (15–cm) pot, 1 plant per pot:
      Unrooted: 15-17 wks Rooted: 10-12 wks
      2 to 3–gal. (25 to 30–cm) pot, 3 plants per pot:
      Unrooted: 15-17 wks Rooted: 10-12 wks
      Bloom Months:
      March to September

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