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

💦 Water

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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

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 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

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.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Dwarf catnip →

Common Dwarf catnip Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Dwarf 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.

Dwarf catnip Water Frequency →

Dwarf catnip Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Dwarf 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 🏡.

Dwarf catnip Light Requirements →

Dwarf catnip Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

💨 Humidity

Dwarf 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.

Dwarf catnip Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Dwarf 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 Dwarf catnip →

When and How to Successfully Repot Dwarf catnip →

💩 Fertilizer

Dwarf 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!

🌎 Native Region

Dwarf catnip is native to Europe, Asia, and Africa.

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Dwarf catnip can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Dwarf catnip Temperature Tolerance →

🧐 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 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.

Trending in your area

Similar to Dwarf catnip

Discover rare plants