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Herb seed - Catnip : Euphoric effects for felines.

Herb - Catnip

Nepeta cataria

Euphoric effects for felines. 30-50" tall herb resembling mint in appearance, with grayish-green leaves. Stratify seeds and sow in spring. Expect naturally low germination but does fine once established. Prefers well-drained soils. Hardy perennial.(0.4 Gram Packet)

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Average Seed / oz Seed / 100' Row Average Yield / 100' Row Days to Harvest
42500 n/a n/a 75-85
Planting Season Ideal Soil Temp Sun Frost Tolerance
After Last Frost 65-85°F Full Sun Frost Sensitive
Sowing Method Seed Depth Direct Seed Spacing Seeds Per Packet
Transplant or Direct Seed 1/8" 18" 700
Mature Spacing Days to Sprout Production Cycle Seed Viability
24" 7-10 Perennial 4-5 years

Site Selection

Catnip is a hardy perennial that prefers full sun, but will tolerate partial shade. Does best in well-drained soil.


Germination is naturally low for catnip seeds (50%). For best germination, expose seeds to cool, moist conditions (stratification) for 2-4 weeks before sowing. The refrigerator works well for this. Direct sow stratified seeds outdoors once the danger of frost has passed. Optimal soil temperatures for germination are 65-85°F. Sow seeds 1/8" deep and 18" apart. Seeds will germinate in 7-10 days. Thin seedlings so mature plants are 24" apart. Seed can also be started indoors and transplanted outside once the danger of frost has passed.


Above ground parts can be harvested multiple times throughout the growing season. Snip or cut catnip, leaving 3-4" of growth above the soil. Catnip can be used fresh or dried.