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Catnip Seeds

Nepeta cataria
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Catnip has a minty aroma that cats absolutely love. Dry leaves can be used in cat toys or sprinkled sparingly on cat food as a special treat. This is a great variety for both indoor and outdoor growing.

  • SKU: 142202
Growing Information Chevron Down Chevron Forward
Grow best in
Grows
Best In:
Full sun
Days to germination
Days to
Germination:
14 to 21 days
Water needs
Water
Needs:
Average 2.5-5 cm (1-2") per week
Days to maturity
Days to
Maturity:
75 days
Best container size
Best
Container Size:
12"+
Growing height
Growing Height:
30-90 cm (12-36")
Key Features Chevron Down Chevron Forward
  • Plant Type: Herb
  • Botanical Name: Nepeta cataria
  • Fill Weight (grams): 0.35
  • Approximate Seed Count: 560-575
  • Characteristics: easy to grow | container friendly | attracts pollinators| attracts cats
  • Planting Method: Sow Direct | Start Indoors
  • Seed Type: Heirloom
  • Water Needs: Average 2.5-5 cm (1-2") per week
  • Growth Habit: clump forming
  • Flavor: Lemony-mint
  • Tolerance: tolerates poor soils|drought tolerant
  • Preparation Ideas: Use in your tea and cats won't be the only ones who can't resist this herb.
Instructions Chevron Down Chevron Forward
    Growing Instructions:

    Catnip seeds can be sown directly into the garden when the soil is warm and all danger of frost is passed. Soil temperature (not air temperature) should be warmer than 16°C (60°F) for seeds to germinate. Planting at a lower temperature will delay germination. Space seeds and plant to the depth indicated below. Press seeds into the soil to ensure good contact and cover with 6 mm (1/4") of soil. After planting, water the seeds with a gentle mist or shower. A hard spray can wash soil away, dislodge seeds and clump them together. It is critical to keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy during germination. Do not let the soil dry out, as young plants have underdeveloped roots and can quickly dehydrate, particularly in windy conditions. When your seedlings reach a height of a few centimetres (inches) and have developed 2 or 3 pairs of leaves, it is important to thin them out, according to the plant spacing indicated below to provide good air circulation and room to grow.

    For an earlier crop, seeds can be started indoors 6 weeks before the last frost in your area. Follow the seed depth and spacing guidelines indicated below. Once all danger of frost has passed, seedlings should be hardened off before planting in their growing location. Seedlings should be transplanted according to the plant spacing directions below. Regularly monitor your plants and ensure that the soil remains moist while they establish themselves in their new environment. When your seedlings reach a height of a few centimetres (inches) and have developed 2 or 3 pairs of leaves, it is important to thin them out, according to the plant spacing indicated below to provide good air circulation.

    Click here to read more information on planning and planting a garden.

  • Planting Depth: 6 mm (1/4")
  • Plant Spacing: 45 cm (18")
  • Row Spacing: 45 cm (18")

  • Instructions for Nutrient Care: Feed plants SUPERthrive once per week. Mix 1.2 ml (1/4 tsp) per 4L (1 gallon) of water in a watering can and apply solution to the base of the plants.
Suggestions Chevron Down Chevron Forward
Growing Suggestions:
  • Catnip seeds can be started at anytime for indoor use.
  • Dislikes hot humid climates.
  • To harvest catnip, it's best to wait until it's in bloom. The ideal time for harvesting is late morning after the dew has evaporated, but before the day heats up to avoid wilting. You can cut off the entire plant or just the stems. Catnip plants are perfect for making catnip, which your feline friend will love. You can use dried catnip in sachets, teas, or cat toys. After harvesting, hang the stems upside-down in a dark, dry, and well-ventilated area for drying as soon as possible. It usually takes two to three weeks for the leaves and flowers to dry completely. Once dry, you can crumble them to use in various ways.

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