Catnip Growing Guide

All you need to know to grow successfully!

Plant Family:
Lamiaceae
Plant Type:
Perennial

Square Foot Spacing:

4
Typical Season:
Warm season
Typical Zones Grown In:
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Growing Difficulty:
Easy

Growing catnip (Nepeta cataria) offers several advantages to gardeners and cat owners alike. First and foremost, catnip is easy to cultivate, making it an accessible choice for both experienced and novice gardeners. This hardy herb thrives in a variety of soil types and climates, making it adaptable to many regions. Its low maintenance requirements mean that it can flourish with minimal attention, and it often self-seeds, ensuring a steady supply year after year.

For cat owners, the primary advantage of growing catnip is its powerful attraction to felines. Catnip contains a compound called nepetalactone, which, when cats interact with it by sniffing, licking, or rolling in it, can induce a range of behaviors, from euphoria and playfulness to relaxation. Providing your pets with fresh catnip from your garden can be a cost-effective and natural way to enhance their well-being and entertainment. Additionally, catnip can be used in various DIY toys and treats, fostering a deeper bond between owners and their beloved feline companions. Overall, growing catnip is a win-win, offering an enjoyable and beneficial addition to your garden and your pet’s life.

In addition to its appeal to cats, catnip (Nepeta cataria) has been traditionally used by humans in herbal teas. Catnip tea is known for its mild, soothing properties. When brewed, catnip leaves and flowers create a fragrant and flavorful infusion that is often consumed for its potential health benefits. Some people find catnip tea to be a calming beverage, which can help with relaxation and alleviating stress or anxiety. It may also be used as a mild sleep aid, assisting individuals in getting a restful night’s sleep.

Planting Guidelines

The following are general guides to follow. However, nothing is set in stone. Feel free to experiment!

How to Start:
Indoor/ Outdoor
When to Direct Sow:
March, April, September, October
When to Start Indoors:
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Sprouting Time:
7-14 days

Ideal Temperature (C):

20-25°C
Depth:
1/4 inch
Spacing (cm):
30-45 cm
Row Spacing (cm):
45-60 cm
Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Maturity Time:
75-85 days
When To Harvest:
June, July, August, September
How to Harvest:
Harvest leaves before flowering

Health Benefits

Growing your own food is one of the best things you can do for your health. Let’s check out some of the health benefits!

Is It Edible?
Yes
Edible Parts:
Leaves
Potential Health Benefits:
Stress Reduction, Cough

Tips to Growing Organically

Growing without the use of pesticides and herbicides is easier than you may think and it’s better for the environment!

Companion Plants:
Chive, Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Marigold, Nasturtium, Lemon Balm, Dill, Lavender
What Plants to Avoid:
Fennel
Common Pests:
Aphids
Common Disease:
Leaf Spot
Bonus Grow Tips:
Prune regularly to prevent flowering and encourage leaf growth

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