Catnip is a garden herb that’s part of the mint family and is most notably known for being a stimulant for cats. If you have cats wandering your garden, it’s a good idea to learn how to grow catnip so that your garden is cat friendly! A perennial herb, catnip can also be used to make soothing teas and makes an overall great addition to any garden. Catnip can be grown either from a small plant or directly from seeds. Keep reading to learn how to grow catnip in your garden.

How to Grow Catnip

cat with catnip

Planting Catnip:

  • If you’re growing catnip from seeds, you’ll first need to prepare the seeds. Catnip seeds need to be properly stratified before they can sprout.
  • Place the seeds in the freezer overnight and then place them in a bowl of water for 24 hours.
  • After the 24 hours have elapsed, you may plant the seeds outdoors or in pots.
  • Thin them to one plant per 20 inches after the sprout.
  • Each plant should be spaced between 18-20 inches apart.
  • Plant in well draining soil and in full sun.
  • Catnip does not need to be fertilized, just as long as it gets watered on a regular basis.
  • Be sure to remove the flowers before they go to seed, otherwise catnip can become invasive in your garden.



  • Catnip doesn’t require much care.
  • Be sure that the soil is well draining and the plants receive full sun.
  • If it doesn’t rain, water the cat nip plants once a week.


So now that you know how to grow catnip, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to planting!

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How to Grow Catnip