Lemon Catnip Seed

Nepta cataria


Nepta cataria

Cat-attracting perennial with gray-green leaves and white flowers. Markets for catnip include cat toy crafters, herbal tea companies, and retail plant sales. Flowers are very attractive to bees. Vigorous, high-yielding variety with a hint of lemon.


Care Information


7 – 10 days.

Days to Maturity

75 – 85 days.


Transplant (recommended): Start 6-8 weeks before the last frost in the spring. Barely cover with vermiculite; seeds require light to germinate. Thin to one plant per cell, pinching out the growing tip for a bushier plant. Transplant outside when 3″ tall with a final spacing of 12-18″.
Direct seed: Direct seed after the last spring frost or in early fall, sowing 2-3 seeds per inch. Tamp seeds onto the surface of the soil or just barely cover them; seeds require light to germinate. Commercial growers should start with well-irrigated soil beds and roll the seeds into the soil. Rows should be 18″ apart and individual plants thinned to 12-18″ apart. 

Soil Requirements

Catnip will grow almost anywhere, but ideally in sandy soil.

Light Preference

Full Sun (6 hours of direct light or more)

Plant Spacing

12 – 18″

Hardiness Zones

Zones 3 – 9


Harvest individual leaves when the plants have become established. The top 3/4 of the plant maybe harvested starting in the second year. To dry, hang branches upside down in a well-ventilated, dry location out of sunlight.


As its name suggests, Catnip is largely used as a mild euphoriant and sedative in house cats. It can also be used in herbal teas for flavor and for its calming properties.
For more information on this herb, explore our farm library

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