Starting Catnip From Seed
I like to grow my catnip along my deer fence lines that protect my crops. When in bloom, catnip attracts many beneficial pollinators. I will often find myself buried in both catnip & bees while I trim away the leaves for my leaf only catnip (no stems). This takes a considerable amount of time to harvest & is a very peaceful process. I am never stung, the bees simply buzz around, gathering nectar while I harvest the leaves. My cats love to roll around & nap in the growing catnip. Thankfully, I grow a lot of catnip so I don't have to worry if they mangle & squash some of the plants. Unless uprooted, most plants will recover. Gold Finches love catnip seeds. If you don't want to harvest yours, you can leave it to feed the birds.
Catnip for humans: It is very calming for both the body & the mind. It is very useful for children with digestive &/or emotional disturbances. The essential oil can be used as a fragrance in perfumes, as a culinary flavoring, & as an insect repellent. Note: Pregnant women should avoid catnip, as it can induce uterine contractions.
Catnip for cats: It gets cats high, it makes them happy, spunky, & silly. They enjoy the plant live or dried. The buds are the most potent part of the plant. Put it into cat toys or give it to them as is. They will love you for it! Note: Kittens younger than eight weeks old aren't able to enjoy catnip, wait until they are older.
Catnip seeds need plenty of time to germinate. Plants in the Lamiaceae (aka Mint) family tend to be more difficult to germinate, many novice gardeners fail at growing catnip due to a lack of understanding how plants in the Lamianceae family work. This is why many folks buy started plants from the Mint family rather than try to grow from seed. Note: the seed I sell (like all of my seeds) are the very same seed I use here on my eco farm. I grow it every year, slowly expanding the size of my catnip border garden. I have found most folks don't give the seeds enough time to germinate & unfairly assume they are bad seeds. I can assure you this is not the case. Also, be sure to use sterile seed starting soil, full sun & warmth. Catnip is a summer herb. The cooler the weather, the longer you will have to wait for it to germinate.
Catnip likes light sandy soils & grows best in full sun. You do not need to soak the seeds in water prior to planting. I like to water the seeds daily until they come up. This helps keep the soil moist & the damp soil deters the cats from using the catnip bed as a litter box or place to sleep. Have patience, & be sure to water well until the plants become established. Established plants do not need to be watered as often. Allow soil to go almost dry between watering, then soak thoroughly. During growth, pinch the tips to promote a bushier plant. If you prefer a tall plant, leave the tips alone.
Light: Full sun
Days to emerge: 8 -16 (1+ week - 2 weeks)
Seed depth: 1/8 - 1/4"
Seed Spacing: 18" - 24"
Botanical Name: Nepeta cataria
Harvesting the seeds:
You can plant the seeds immediately, or store them in a cool dry location in a sealed light proof container until ready to plant.
Drying the plants:
Plants are dry when the stalks break, rather than bend & the leaves crumble.Store in an airtight container out of the light.
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8/19/2017 05:39:26 am
Hi, I successfully grow cat's nip from the seed, which I collected myself. I had to stratify the seeds, and everything went well. However, I have problem. When I water the small seedlings, I noticed that even when I'm very careful, I still manage to uproot the small seedlings or cover them with soil. Any advice?
10/1/2017 08:51:41 pm
Use a fine spray bottle to water new seedlings, will dampen the soil consistently and won't knock them over. Consistent moisture is crucial in starting most seeds.
4/19/2018 12:55:07 pm
I've never grown catnip before and thought it would help keep the neighbors cats from digging up my beds but three months in and the seedlings are less than an inch tall and are the most delicate little things I have ever seen.
7/21/2018 07:00:20 pm
Same exact thing is happening to me. The seedlings look healthy and each have 2 or 3 pairs of leaves, but they are growing slower than molasses. I’ve been trying to figure out if this is normal, or if I’m doing something wrong.
7/26/2018 04:23:36 pm
4/9/2019 05:26:07 pm
Do catnip seeds need to be soaked overnight before planting?
5/31/2019 02:43:57 am
Is it true that catnip seeds need to soak overnight before planting them?
9/14/2019 09:09:19 am
4/19/2020 08:59:43 pm
Hello! I recently ordered some feathers and Catnip stalks and am so happy I discovered your farm! I am now looking for catnip seed. Do you offer catnip seed for sale?
4/22/2020 07:55:22 am
6/29/2020 12:16:37 pm
Hi! My seeds sprouted but they are very close to each other. Do I need to replant them individually or is it fine that they are all clumped together? Thank you.
7/2/2020 11:35:41 am
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