How to grow Catnip indoors?

Are you wondering how to grow catnip indoors and unlock the benefits of this herb right in the comfort of your own home? Look no further! With Gardyn’s support and expertise, you will be able to create a thriving herb garden right at home.

In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the process of cultivating catnip indoors. From selecting seeds and ensuring proper germination, to providing the right care and maintenance, you will learn everything you need to know for successful indoor catnip cultivation.


10-14 DAYS


40-50 DAYS


8-10 WEEKS

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Care & Harvest

🌡️ Temperature

Prefers cooler temperatures ranging from 60 to 70°F.

✂️ Pruning

Remove any leaves with brown spots that appear. Conduct monthly root checks and trim any brown roots or those extending beyond the yPod.

🥬 Harvest

Regular harvesting contributes to extending the plant’s lifespan. Pinch off individual leaves or use clean shears to cut stems above the growth nodes. The growth nodes are located just above the two largest leaves on a stem and are characterized by a small set of leaves or knobs. Cut the stem 1/4 to 1/2 inch above the nodes, and you’ll witness the small leaves growing into larger ones!

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Why Grow Catnip Indoors?

Growing catnip indoors not only provides your feline companion with a safe and enriching source of stimulation, but it can also serve as a natural stress reliever and aid in digestive health. Need to know more? Let us show you the benefits of growing this herb right at home.

Enjoy Catnip at Your Fingertips All Year Round

Even when it is not summer or spring, its natural outdoor growing season, you can still grow catnip indoors to have a fresh and readily available supply all year long. You are no longer limited by the constraints of changing seasons or unpredictable weather conditions.

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Make the Most of Small Space

Whether you live in an apartment, or simply want to utilize your indoor areas effectively, growing catnip in pots or containers is a smart solution. You can place them in a multitude of spots, on your windowsill, a kitchen countertop, or even outside on a porch or balcony making every inch count with a Gardyn Home Kit.

Settle for Easy Care

Catnip is a perennial herb that is easy to grow and thrives with minimal care, making it an excellent choice for indoor gardening enthusiasts of all levels. By following simple care instructions, you can have a flourishing catnip plant without much hassle.

Bring Joy to Your Favorite Companion

Growing catnip indoors ensures that the delightful aroma of the herb fills your living spaces, providing your feline friend with a sensory treat. Cats are naturally drawn to the scent of catnip and watching them playfully interact with the plant is a joy for any pet owner.

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What do You Need to Grow Catnip Indoors?

Before you embark on the journey of growing catnip indoors, you need to understand the essential elements and tools required for successful indoor catnip cultivation. Here is everything you need to know to ensure the flourishing growth of your indoor catnip garden and set the stage for a thriving herb haven:

  • Get your catnip seeds or seedlings from a reputable source;
  • Select a container with drainage holes to allow water to escape and avoid waterlogging the roots;
  • Choose a high-quality potting mix with good drainage, to prevent water from accumulating, as it could cause root rot;
  • Catnip prefers moderate temperatures ranging from 65 °F to 75 °F (18 °C to 24°C). Keep the indoor environment within this temperature range for optimal growth;
  • Maintain a humidity level between at least 40% and 50%, as excessive humidity can lead to fungal diseases.

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How to Plant Catnip Indoors?

Growing catnip is a straightforward and rewarding experience. This herb is known for its resilience and adaptability, making it an ideal choice for all environments. Now that you know what you need to cultivate this herb, we will walk you through the process of successfully planting catnip indoors.

Step 1: Prepare Your Container

Select a suitable container for planting catnip indoors. Fill the container with a well-draining potting soil suitable for herbs or vegetables. Ensure the potting mix is loose and well aerated to promote healthy root growth. Leave about an inch of space at the top for watering.

Step 2: Find the Perfect Location

Place the container in a well-lit room near a window so your catnip plant can receive six to eight hours of direct sunlight per day. If natural light is limited, you can supplement with fluorescent plant grow lights to ensure sufficient light for plant growth.

Step 3: Plant Your Catnip Seeds

If you are starting from seeds, make small indentations in the potting soil with your finger or a small tool. Space the indentations approximately 1 inch apart. Place a catnip seed in each indentation and cover it with a thin layer of potting soil. Gently press the soil to ensure good seed-to-soil contact.

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How to Care for Your Catnip?

Taking proper care of your catnip plants is essential to ensure their health and vitality. By following these simple care guidelines, you can create the ideal environment for your catnip to thrive indoors. Here are all our secrets to grow healthy catnip indoors:

  • Water your catnip plant regularly to keep the soil evenly moist. Remember that catnip prefers slightly dry conditions, so avoid overwatering;
  • Feed your catnip plant with a balanced liquid fertilizer formulated for herbs or vegetables every four to six weeks. This helps promote healthy growth and enhances the flavor of the leaves;
  • Regularly trim your catnip plant to encourage bushier growth and prevent it from becoming leggy. Pruning also helps maintain the plant’s shape and promotes the development of fresh leaves.
  • Like any other plant, catnip may face challenges from garden pests: aphids, spider mites, slugs, caterpillars, etc. To safeguard your catnip plants from insects, conduct regular inspections of your catnip plants to catch any pest infestations early. You can also remove any fallen leaves or debris around your catnip plants, as they can provide hiding spots and breeding grounds for pests. If any are found, embrace natural deterrents or organic insecticide to keep pests at bay to avoid harming your plants.

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Harvesting and Using Your Catnip

Once your catnip plants have reached a desirable size, it is time to harvest and make the most out of it. Whether you plan to use it in cooking, for its medicinal properties, for decorative purposes or for your pet, here is how to harvest and utilize your catnip effectively.

How and When to Properly Harvest Your Catnip?

The best time to harvest catnip is when the plant is in full bloom: the leaves and flowers contain the highest concentration of essential oils and aroma at this stage. Snip catnip anytime once the plant is 6 inches tall or taller. Using pruning shears, cut the stems approximately 2 to 3 inches above the soil level. You can also use very sharp scissors. Select the healthiest stems and avoid those with signs of disease or pest infestation.

To preserve the essential oils, harvest your catnip plants in the morning after the dew has dried but before the heat of the day. Leave some stems intact to encourage new growth and continuous harvest throughout the season.

Get the Most Out of Your Homegrown Catnip

Catnip is not just a favorite of feline friends; it can also be a delightful addition to your culinary endeavors. Catnip belongs to the mint family; hence its flavor profile often being described as minty, with hints of lemon and earthiness. Fresh or dried, it pairs well with a variety of ingredients, allowing you to get creative in the kitchen. We highly recommend you use it to add flavor to salads.

Catnip has also long been used for its medicinal properties. It is known for its calming effects, soothing digestive issues, and promoting relaxation. Catnip tea is a popular remedy for insomnia and anxiety.

Dried catnip flowers and leaves can be used to create decorative arrangements or potpourri as well. Hang the harvested stems upside down in a cool, well-ventilated area until they are completely dry. Once dry, remove the leaves and flowers from the stems and store them in airtight containers.

Recipe: Catnip Pesto

Here is a simple recipe that you might want to try, to discover the minty flavor of catnip:


  • 2 cups fresh catnip leaves;
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese;
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts;
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced;
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil;
  • Salt and pepper to taste.


  • Place all the ingredients, except the olive oil, in a food processor and blend until well combined;
  • Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while the food processor is running until a smooth paste forms;
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste;
  • Use the catnip pesto as a sauce for pasta, spread it on toast, or mix it into salads for a refreshing twist.

Elevate Your Indoor Catnip Gardening Experience With Gardyn

Embark on your indoor catnip growing journey today and experience the joy of cultivating this remarkable herb right at home. With its easy cultivation, delightful aroma, and versatile uses, catnip is a good addition to your indoor garden.

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