Plant Care Catnip

Catnip

4.8 out of 5 (28 experiences)

Catnip has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Catnip

Catnip is a super 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 1101 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.

Taxonomy

Nepeta cataria
Nepeta
Lamiaceae
Lamiales

Also known as

Catmint and Catswort

How to care for Catnip

💦 Water

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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

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 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

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.

💡 FAQs
⭐ 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!

Common Catnip Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Catnip prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Catnip Water Frequency →

Catnip Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Catnip requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Catnip Light Requirements →

Catnip Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

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.


💨 Humidity

Catnip doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Catnip Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Catnip does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Catnip →


💩 Fertilizer

Catnip should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Catnip →


🌎 Native Region

Catnip is native to Europe, Asia, and Africa.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Catnip bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Catnip Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Catnip is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Catnip can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Catnip Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Catnip can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

How to Propagate Catnip →


🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Catnip, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Catnip

Catnip

Catnip


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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
@Dphannum
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 113 XP
08/17/2021

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
@teddyliveshere avatar
@@teddyliveshere
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 99 XP
globe Middletown, NY
08/15/2021

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
@@Livigratz
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 422 XP
globe Columbus, OH
08/07/2021

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Leeanne avatar
@Leeanne
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 87 XP
globe Rohnert Park, CA
07/29/2021

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
@Elle
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 78 XP
07/20/2021

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Karsyn avatar
@Karsyn
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 121 XP
globe College Station, TX
06/26/2021

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
@Paige
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 97 XP
globe Knoxville, TN
06/02/2021

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
@Kayla
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 26 XP
globe Lititz, PA
05/22/2021

my cat loves it, super easy to grow

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@FroggyPlants avatar
@@FroggyPlants
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 140 XP
globe Gastonia, NC
05/20/2021

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
@@Bbuaqt
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 152 XP
05/12/2021

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
Kam kam avatar
@Kam kam
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 199 XP
05/04/2021

DRUG UR CATS TODAY👌👌👌👌👌

Abby avatar
@Abby
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 83 XP
globe Grafton, MA
05/03/2021

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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