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For the cat free garden
on 11 April 2015
My second purchase of these very easy to grow plants; immediately on arrival, tease out the roots and straight into plant pots with slightly moist compost on the bathroom window ledge for a few days to recover from their journey - no losses. I also put the few leaves that had broken in transit, broken end down, into pots and found that they root quite easily into 'bonus' plants two to three weeks later.
Very pungent, more so when touched, bruised or brushed by cats. You will need slug pellets when you move them outdoors - I find them best planted in pairs/clumps somewhere along a cat's habitual route. If the cats brush them they have to use their tongues to clean themselves, adding a further deterrent to the smell. I use them around the base of my bird table. If you clip the plants back, they smell more and you can chop the leaves roughly up and put them in your watering can to get the most out of this useful plant
These are perennial herbs - they should last for a few years but need to be protected from frost. I plant mine in 4in plant pots and bury the pot. This means I can move them around to annoy the cats and also move them 'under glass' during the winter. Cut off the biggest leaves for the watering can at the end of the summer and put the plant pot back into place in the spring