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How To Grow Your Own Catnip

Catnip is a great treat for your favorite cat. The best news is that catnip is easy to grow!

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Photo: Merlijin Hoek (flickr)

Catnip is sold in many stores and is pretty easy to grow.

Cats seem to love catnip. Why? Catnip produces Nepetalactone oil which is like an aphrodisiac for cats. Catnip is a tall herb, resembling mint, with grayish-green leaves and white flowers. Catnip can grow to be 50-100 centimeters tall which makes it the perfect feline companion. Cats love fresh catnip is most loved by cats and it is so easy to grow…

First, take a trip to your local pet or garden store. You can either buy catnip seeds or buy baby plants. Buying a plant makes life easier because it is already strong.

One way to grow catnip is in a hanging basket. Hanging baskets work well because they are wind and cat resistant! You can also chose to grow catnip in a pot.

If you do plant seeds, make sure to use sterilized soil that is free of pesticides.

Directions:

  1. To plant your seeds, chose an appropriate container and moisten the soil.
  2. Next, create small indentations no deeper than 1/8 inch.
  3. Place the seeds in the indentations and cover with soil.
  4. Make sure to keep the plant well watered.

Make sure to keep your catnip in a place that gets sun so that the leaves can form on the plant. It is important to pinch off new leaves to encourage leaf production in the future otherwise your plant will look bare.

When it’s time to harvest your catnip, all you have to do is cut off the amount your cat needs. Catnip is very difficult to kill so don’t worry if you have a hungry cat!

Read More:

  • Grow Your Own Catnip (Tipnut)
  • How To Grow Your Own Catnip (eHow)

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Margaret Aprison

Margaret is a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Telecommunications and a minor in Psychology. The daughter of two scientists, Margaret has been surrounded by the subject her entire life. She enjoys social media, writing, television, and, of course, science!

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