Plant Care Catnip


4.8 out of 5 (28 experiences)

Catnip has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Catnip

Catnip is a popular houseplant 🌿 that is a fun challenge to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as a fast grower with a whopping 555 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Catnip likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

⚠️ Catnip is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


Nepeta cataria

Also known as

Catmint and Catswort

How to care for Catnip


How often to water your Catnip

Water needs for Catnip
0.5 cups
every 9

Catnip needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Catnip

Water 0.5 cups every

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Catnip in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Catnip: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Catnip love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Catnip does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Catnip in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Catnip

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Catnip: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Catnip after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Catnip can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Catnip



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Catnip has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 20
Catnip has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 15
Catnip has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 6
Catnip has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 5
Catnip has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 4
Catnip has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Dphannum avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 113 XP

If you have cats this is easy to grow and will keep them happy

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 99 XP
globe Middletown, NY

My cat destroyed this plant in mere hours. Now she is barely hanging on you dear life as I try to muster as much strength and power to nurture another creature of this world. God knows I do try.

Livigratz avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 306 XP
globe Columbus, OH

It’s my cat’s favorite plant. Grows super fast so I give my cat the clippings

Fast grower Fast grower
Leeanne avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 71 XP
globe Rohnert Park, CA

Beautiful flowers that attract lots of pollinators!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Elle avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 78 XP

A gift from a friend. Grows easy and low maintenance as long as you water

Fast grower Fast grower
Karsyn avatar
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 121 XP
globe College Station, TX

I bought a grow kit online that included it’s own little “greenhouse” to lock in moisture and was able to grow the plant from seeds with no problem and I have almost zero experience.

Fast grower Fast grower
Paige avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 97 XP
globe Knoxville, TN

Wilts when it is upset but if you put it in a dish with water it will perk back up in hours. Will wilt in direct sun . Will wilt if thirsty.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Kayla avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 26 XP
globe Lititz, PA

my cat loves it, super easy to grow

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Froggyplants avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 140 XP
globe Gastonia, NC

I started noticing leaves grow in less than a week when I planted my Catnip, made me happy :)

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Bbuaqt avatar
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 152 XP

Mildred is wonderful. My cat loves her and she is very easy to take care of. Mildred was super easy to grow from seed and as long as you give her constant water and put her near a window she will live for months.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Kam kam
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 199 XP


Abby avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 83 XP
globe Grafton, MA

Very nice and fun to own!! Super easy, if kept well! 100% recommend

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower

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