Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a mint that is well known for its many benefits in both animals and human. The primary use of this mint is to induce your cat into a hallucinogenic state. Catnip is often called catmint, catswort, and field balm.
Catnip is quite easy and inexpensive to grow which might have been what led you to want to grow catnip. Catnip is a perennial plant that will grow up to about four feet high and will have light green foliage that grow on spikes up to about 4 to 6 inches long.
How to Grow Catnip
You will want to ultimately grow your catnip in a place where your cat can have access to it without having access to your other plants. You do not want your cat to roll in the catnip and accidentally damage your other plants in the process while rolling around in his hallucinogenic state.
You can grow your catnip inside or outside. You might choose to grow the catnip in pots if your cat is inside only. It is vital to remember that catnip requires light most of the day regardless of where you plant the catnip at. If you cannot find a spot to give the plant light you will need to move your pots outside often to give it light.
If there is no way to grow your plants outside, you can resort to using fluorescent lamps for lighting. You will want to keep your lamps about 3-4 inches from the top of your plants. You will also want to purchase an oscillating fan for the purpose of stirring your seedlings every 2-3 hours.
Planting and Caring for Catnip
You will want to grow your plants in the spring, after the cold has ended and the snow has stopped falling. When growing catnip you will want to keep your plants spaced at least 19-20 inches apart to be on the safe side.
Catnip will germinate in 7-10 days in the soil but may germinate in as few as 6 days. There is an average of 1100 seeds per gram.
You might decide that it could benefit you to cover each of your archs with chicken wire to prevent them from being completely damaged. The chicken wire will allow the stems of the plant to grow up through the holes without allowing the roots and base to be rolled over.