Catnip Planting and Care Guide
Quick Facts About Catnip
Catnip plants not only attract cats, but they are also rich in nectar for bees, butterflies and other pollinators. The herb has also been grown and harvested for teas and has relaxing and claming affects.
Catnip seeds can be started directly in the garden after frost danger has passed. Or, start the seeds indoors 6 weeks prior to the last expected frost date.
Catnip plants do best growing in full sun to partial shade. They tend to be floppy plants and need room to spread.
How to Plant Catnip
- Work the garden soil to a depth of 6 - 8 inches
- Add compost to improve soil quality
- Sow the herb seeds 1/8 inch deep, gently cover
- Keep the seeds moist for germination
- Thin the seedlings to 12 inches apart
- Pinch the seedlings to encourage a bushier growth
Care And Maintenance
- After establishment, only irrigate when the soil is dry
- Cut the Catnip plant back each spring to encourage a neater appearance
- Divide the plants every 3 - 4 years
- Harvest by cutting the stems
- Wait until the flowers form before harvesting for the strongest scent and affect on cats