Herbs Catnip

Herb Seed

Product ID: 916

Vigorous, high-yielding plants.

Cat-attracting perennial with gray-green leaves and white flowers. Markets for catnip include cat toy crafters, herbal tea companies, and retail plant sales. Flowers are very attractive to bees. Avg. 45,450 seeds/oz. Packet: 200 seeds.


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DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-10 days at 60-70°F (16-21°C).

SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Start 6-8 weeks before the last frost in the spring. Barely cover with vermiculite; seeds require light to germinate. Thin to one plant per cell, pinching out the growing tip for a bushier plant. Transplant outside when 3" tall with a final spacing of 12-18".
Direct seed: Direct seed after the last spring frost or in early fall, sowing 2-3 seeds per inch. Tamp seeds onto the surface of the soil or just barely cover them; seeds require light to germinate. Commercial growers should start with well-irrigated soil beds and roll the seeds into the soil. Rows should be 18" apart and individual plants thinned to 12-18" apart.


Catnip will grow almost anywhere, but ideally in sandy soil.




HARVEST: Harvest individual leaves when the plants have become established. The top 3/4 of the plant maybe harvested starting in the second year. To dry, hang branches upside down in a well-ventilated, dry location out of sunlight.

Note: Once established, catnip is very hardy and self-sows readily.

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Nepeta cataria

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Quick Facts

Latin Name

Nepeta cataria

Days To Maturity

Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.

75 - 85 Days

Life Cycle

Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).


Hybrid Status

Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.
Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.

Open Pollinated