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Catnip, also known as Nepeta cataria, is a perennial herb that is a member of the mint family. Catnip seeds are small, brown seeds that can be used to grow new catnip plants.

Catnip is known for its strong and distinctive scent, which is particularly attractive to cats. When cats smell or ingest catnip, they may exhibit a range of behaviors, including rolling, rubbing, and licking. Some cats may also become more playful or aggressive after being exposed to catnip.

In addition to its uses for cats, catnip has been used in traditional medicine for its potential health benefits. The plant has been used to treat a variety of conditions, including digestive issues, headaches, and anxiety.

To grow catnip from seeds, here are some steps you can follow:

  1. Choose a location: Catnip prefers well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. Choose a spot in your garden or a container that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.

  2. Prepare the soil: Work some compost or well-rotted manure into the soil to improve its nutrient content and structure. Make sure the soil is moist but not waterlogged.

  3. Sow the seeds: Sow the catnip seeds about 1/4 inch deep in the soil, spacing them at least 6 inches apart. Water the soil well after planting.

  4. Water and fertilize: Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged, and fertilize with a balanced fertilizer every 4 to 6 weeks during the growing season.

  5. Care for the plant: Catnip is a relatively low-maintenance plant, but it does require regular pruning to promote bushier growth and prevent it from becoming too large. You can also harvest the leaves and flowers to use in teas or to dry for use in cat toys.

Overall, growing catnip from seeds can be a fun and rewarding process, whether you're growing it for your cats or for its potential health benefits. With proper care, you can enjoy the beauty and benefits of catnip in your garden or in your home.

Herb Specifications

  • Season: Perennial
  • USDA Zones: 3 - 8
  • Height: 24 inches
  • Bloom Season: Summer
  • Bloom Color: Blue
  • Environment: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 6.1 - 7.8
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • House Plant: No
  • Latin Name: Nepeta Cataria

Planting Directions

  • Temperature: 60 - 70F
  • Average Germ Time: 7 - 14 days
  • Light Required: Yes
  • Depth: 1/8 inch
  • Sowing Rate: 1 seed every 2 inches
  • Moisture: Keep moist until germination
  • Plant Spacing: Rows 18 inches a part; thin seedlings 12 inches

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The herbal information on this web site is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information on this web site is not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Please see a medical professional about any health concerns you have and before beginning any herbal regimen.