Plant Care Dwarf catnip

Dwarf catnip

About Dwarf catnip

Dwarf catnip is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy 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.

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

Dwarf catnip belongs to the Nepeta genus, and is native to the Caucasus, Iran, Iraq, and Turkey.


Nepeta racemosa

Also known as

Raceme catnip

How to care for Dwarf catnip


How often to water your Dwarf catnip

Water needs for Dwarf catnip
0.5 cups
every 9

Dwarf 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 Dwarf catnip

Water 0.5 cups every

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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 Dwarf catnip in your home

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

Dwarf catnip love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Dwarf catnip does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Dwarf catnip

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Dwarf 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 Dwarf catnip after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Dwarf catnip is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
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Native Region
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Dwarf catnip

Dwarf catnip

Dwarf 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.

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