How to Grow Catnip from Seed – Step by Step

Our cat Lucy loves catnip since we brought her home catnip for the first time she was delighted. That’s why in this article we will explain how to grow catnip from seed, all explained step by step.

You will probably find catnip for sale, but we will explain how to grow it from seed, as it is a fun and inexpensive process.

How to Grow Catnip from Seed

To grow catnip from seed we need the following things:

  • A container or pot where you will plant the seeds.
  • Substrate (without chemicals as much as possible).
  • Catnip seeds.
  • Water.

If you already have everything you need, we will now explain how to grow catnip from seed.

1- Place the substrate in the container of your choice. Make sure it has good drainage.

2- Place the catnip seeds.

3- Cover the catnip seeds with a thin layer of soil.

4- Water them gently, if possible, using a sprinkler.

5- Finally, cover the pot with plastic film.

After 4 to 5 days, you should start to see small catnip sprouts. You can get the seeds in nurseries in your city or directly on the internet.

As I mentioned above, I recommend using soil without chemical treatments, since your cat will be playing with this herb.

Hopefully this article will be helpful and you will be able to successfully grow catnip in your home.

how to grow catnip from seed

Uses for Catnip

Catnip is used to calm and relax the most active cats. It can also serve as a reward to make the cat feel good. Some toys have catnip inside to encourage cats to play.

Why Does Catnip Make Cats Crazy

I have been asked this question several times and it has an explanation. Catnip has a molecule called nepetalactone that activates the nervous system of cats. But don’t worry, this herb will not harm your cat.

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About Henry Morgan

We are the Morgans, Henry, and Julia, both agronomists from the University of Michigan, where we met. We are experts in putting our hands in the soil and developing organic foods and improving production processes for decades. Likewise, we have worked for companies such as Mondelez International, BASF, Monsanto, etc. currently in our role as science writers for as well as advisors in promoting large scale food growing in urbanized areas. In this website, we share what we are most passionate about, gardening and farming. Enjoy and see real photos on our website.