I'm growing catnip for, you guessed it, cats and the bunch I have is continuously growing flowers. I've been chopping them off but it's never ending.

Is there a cause or will this just always happen?


Yes, it will always just happen. Nepeta is programmed to flower, and I'm not at all sure why you don't want the flowers - unless you're growing an annual variety, when it will flower and eventually die, most are perennial, and flowering is part of its natural cycle. Although most plants which flower can look a bit tatty after flowering, they recover and grow more foliage over time. I certainly didn't notice my cats disliking the flowers, but I never managed to keep plants for long - four cats fighting over them and rolling around in them consistently for hours on a daily basis meant they always gave up the unequal struggle and died.


Also from my reading, the flowers are very potent and is what is also used to dry to make the catnip filled toys. So trim it I guess, dry the flowers and make cat toys. I'm still waiting for mine to bloom. Hopefully another 6 inches and it will start.

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