Cutting back catnip plants are not only good for your health but they’re also beneficial for the environment. The catnip plant grows well in many different climates and soil types. You can grow it outdoors or indoors. It’s hardy plant, which means it will survive in harsh conditions such as cold winters and hot summers. It needs light to thrive so you need to provide that too! If you don’t provide enough light, the plant won’t get enough nutrients from sunlight.
If you want to grow catnip plants indoors, there are several ways to do it. One way is to use a hanging planter. Another method is using a raised bed system where the plant sits on top of a raised platform with water or other watering solution underneath it.
A third option is planting in pots and then covering them with plastic wrap when they’re done growing.
How to Grow Catnip Plants Indoors?
There are two main methods of growing catnip plants indoors. The first one is the hanging planter method. This type of indoor gardening involves placing a small container (or basket) filled with soil directly on top of a window sill or other flat surface. Then you place another container (or basket) containing potting mix inside the first one and secure it with string or some other kind of fastening material.
Then you simply take your catnip cutting and place it inside the potting mix. To water your catnip plant, simply pour water into the top container (the one placed on the flat surface) and it will seep through the potting mix and soil and water the whole thing. Make sure to leave enough space between the top container and the one placed underneath it so that water can easily pass through and not pool up in one place.
The second way of growing catnip plants indoors involves using a raised bed system or what some people call “plants on decks”. This method is similar to the hanging planters except instead of placing the containers on top of flat surfaces, they’re placed on top of raised wooden or plastic platforms. The reason for this is so that you can easily add potting mix without having to move or even touch the container.
The soil still gets watered in the same manner as the hanging planter method. The only difference is you place the potted catnip plant on top of a raised bed instead of a flat surface. You can still use planters and cover them with plastic wrap for quicker growth and easier maintenance.
Why grow catnip plants indoors?
Gardening enthusiasts love growing catnip plants because of how easy they are to maintain. Even if you’re a complete gardening beginner you can easily grow catnip plants with a little patience and knowledge about how they should look and feel.
Unlike other plants and vegetables that require a specific number of hours of sunlight to thrive, catnip can be grown anywhere as long as it has consistent water and sunlight. You can literally place a cutting in a small pot, cover it with plastic wrap and it will still grow (albeit much more slowly).
Of course, the growth will be much quicker if you place the catnip plant in a sunny window or on a windowsill. The sunlight helps the plant grow faster, which means you can cut it more regularly and harvest more leaves to dry and give to your furry friends.
What do I need to start growing Catnip?
You don’t need to be a rich person to start growing catnip. All you really need is some potting mix, soil, a container and something to cut the stems with. You can either buy these things or you can simply find them around your home.
Any container that can hold dirt will work just fine. You can reuse old containers such as milk jugs, plastic cups, plastic food containers or anything else that you no longer need. If you want to buy new containers, you can usually find cheap ones at your local dollar store or you can order online.
Either way, the most important thing is that the container has a drainage hole because catnip does not like to be waterlogged.
Containers can be placed on any indoor or outdoor surface as long as it has some sunlight exposure. If you want to place the container on your window, make sure there’s enough room for the sun to shine through (either in the morning or in the afternoon). You can either place it on top of something like a table so that it’s at the same height as the window or you can place it on the ground and move it whenever the sun moves (i.e.
from east to west throughout the day).
The potting mix is necessary to add nutrients to the soil. You can either buy some at your local garden supply store or you can make your own mixture. If you decide to go the route of making your own potting mix, then all you need is perlite, vermiculite, garden soil and peat moss.
These ingredients can all be found at your local garden supply store. Remember, do NOT use regular playground sand because it contains chemicals that can be harmful to your catnip plants.
Finally, you need something to cut the stems with. You can use small scissors or even a knife as long as you don’t damage the plant’s vascular system (meaning you don’t cut off the part that takes in nutrients and water).
How do I start growing Catnip from seeds?
Catnip seeds are very tiny and therefore they are very hard to sow. They’re about the size of a pinhead. You can either order them online or if you bought a catnip plant, you can simply take the seeds out of it.
Sow the seeds on top of the potting mix and gently cover it with more potting mix. Remember, do NOT water the seeds before they germinate! If you put them in a sunny spot (maybe on top of your refrigerator where it gets direct sunlight for a few hours), most of them should sprout within 2 weeks.
Once they’ve sprouted, water the potting mix so it’s slightly damp. Don’t make it soggy or soaking wet because catnip can rot if it stays in water for too long.
After 3-4 months, the plant should be big enough to start harvesting.
What type of soil should I use to grow Catnip?
Catnip grows very well in normal potting mix (mixed with perlite or vermiculite). You can either buy some at your local garden store or you can make your own. To make your own potting mix, you will need peat moss, vermiculite and garden soil. You can find these ingredients at your local garden center or you can simply look in your backyard. Any type of soil will do as long as it isn’t salt based (such as beach sand).
How much water does Catnip need and how often should I water it?
Always make sure the soil is damp before watering. If the soil is dry, then your plant will start to droop. The best way to tell if your potting mix is dry or not is to stick your finger in it. If it feels like a bag of Doritos (i.e. it’s crunchy), then it isn’t dry. If it feels like a bag of fresh Halloween candy (i.e. it’s soft but not super squishy), then it’s perfect.
If you can’t tell by finger, then use what is called the “finger poke” method. Stick your finger in the potting mix and pull it out. If it’s wet, then the potting mix doesn’t need watering.
If it’s dry, then it needs water. It’s that simple!
You can water your catnip plant as much or as little as you like. Just be sure to empty out the drainage tray(s) underneath because wet potting mix can cause root rot if you over water it.
How do I harvest Catnip?
Harvesting catnip is easy if you’re using the cut and come again method. Simply cut off the top portion of the plant above where the leaves have started to yellow (usually 2-3 feet). By doing this, it gives your plant a chance to grow more! Also, the new growth that you’ve given the plant will produce stronger smelling oils.
Is Catnip hard to grow?
Catnip is not hard to grow. As long as you water it every once in a while and give it some sunlight, it should grow quite easily. The one thing you need to watch out for is if your room is too hot or too cold. If it’s too hot, the plant will try to sweat the moisture out of its body which will cause all of its leaves to curl up. If it’s too cold, the leaves will turn brown.
If either of these things happen, make sure you take extra special care of them. You can place them in a more suitable environment (i.e.
bring the plant closer to an air conditioner on a hot day or place by a heater on a cold day) and water it as needed.
If you do not feel comfortable trying to grow catnip after reading this, then we suggest you buy catnip from a local store or online.
What are the different types of catnip?
We get asked this question all the time! The short answer is: there isn’t any! Other than genetically modified strains or plants that have been cultivated in unnatural soils or environments, there really isn’t anything else out there that is considered catnip.
Is catnip safe for humans to smoke?
NO. It isn’t safe and it isn’t effective. Our senses of smell and taste are different from that of a cat’s. Just because it smells good to you, does not mean it will have the desired affect on your cat. Consider buying some regular marijuana instead.
Can I smoke marijuana with my cat?
While we strongly discourage you from doing any drugs at all, if you insist on doing so, then yes you may. Just don’t do it around your cat and don’t let your cat do it around you! Marijuana contains THC which is a psychoactive ingredient that can make some people feel “high”. If you’ve ever seen a picture of a cat under the effects of THC, they pretty much look like this.
Why is my cat acting weird?
This could be for a few different reasons.
Your cat might not like the type of catnip you’re giving it. Try buying some different types of catnip and see if that works.
If that doesn’t work, your cat may have gotten into something he or she shouldn’t have. Try looking around your house for potential poisons, drugs, or anything that may be poisonous. If you find something and you’re not sure if it’s poisonous or not, don’t touch it and contact animal poison control immediately.
If you can’t find anything after searching your house, take your cat to the vet to get him or her looked at.
My cat is still acting weird, what should I do?
Try not to panic! There are a few things you can do.
First, try giving your cat something else to smell or taste. If you’ve been using a certain type of catnip, try giving your cat something else. There are tons of different types of herbs and plants that your cat may like more than the catnip you’ve been giving it.
You can also try buying commercial cat toys in an attempt to distract your cat.
Second, take your cat to the vet! It’s always possible that your cat may be ill and in need of medical attention. This is especially true if your cat seems to be having a hard time walking or is vomiting.
I want to stop giving my cat psychoactive substances, what should I do?
We applaud you for making this decision! It will most likely take some time for your cat to get over the withdrawls but it will eventually get over it. If your cat is over 10 weeks old, then you can start weening it off by slowly reducing the amount you’ve been giving it each day. If your cat is under 10 weeks old, then we still recomend that you stop giving it the substance, but you’ll also have to supplement its diet with some other foods to make up for the nutrition it won’t be getting from the psychoactive substance.
Where can I get seeds?
If you live in the United States, you can’t. It is illegal to ship cannabis seeds to your home address if you live in the U.S. because the government has declared it illegal to grow cannabis plants even if they are not ripe and ready to harvest. You may have better luck with buying them locally if you have friends who are into growing cannabis. However, keep in mind that many seed companies have strict policies about selling cannabis seeds to people who don’t live in countries where it is legal to grow cannabis.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, then it is possible to buy seeds online as long as they are shipped to a country where growing cannabis is legal.
You can try searching for seeds on Amazon, but keep in mind that they restrict certain items from being sold on their website so they may not offer seeds. Most seed companies sell their seeds on their own official websites so you can try searching for those.
Where can I learn more?
Check out the Additional Resources section for links to more informative pages!
Catnip: A herb related to mint that produces a chemical called Nepetalactone that is pleasing to cats. Most, if not all, cats go wild for catnip.
Cannabinoids: A group of chemical compounds that can be found in the cannabis plant. These include THC and CBD, among many others.
CBD: Cannabidiol. A cannabinoid found in cannabis which has been known to have medical benefits. Unlike THC, it is not psychoactive.
Cat psychology: A collection of theories and ideas related to how cats think and act. All cats are different, but most of these theories can be applied to all cats to some degree.
THC: Tetrahydrocannabinol. The main psychoactive component of cannabis.
Why does my cat like it?
It could be a few different reasons. Most cats like catnip, so that isn’t too surprising. It is thought that the substance mimics a feline pheromone, explaining why cats go wild for it. Other theories involve the ability of the substance to mimic mouse movements, and it’s ability to stimulate a cat’s hunting instincts.
But my cat doesn’t like catnip!
That may be true, but most cats do. If your cat does not like catnip then it could be because it has a single genetic difference which prevents it from reacting to the nepetalactone in catnip. Or maybe your cat is just a crazy cat.
How much should I give my cat?
We cannot tell you that, as we do not know how strong your particular batch of catnip is. Always start out with a small amount before feeding your cat and watch to see if it is having a positive or negative effect. If the effects are negative then discontinue use, but if they are positive then go from there.
Is it safe?
It is safe for most cats. In some cases, older cats may suffer from cardiac or respiratory arrest after ingesting large amounts of catnip. If you notice your cat having issues after eating it, take it to a vet. Other than that, it’s safe!
I live in (federal hemp freedom state).
Can I legally grow it now?
Maybe. Federal law still may apply, and if you are arrested and have seeds on you then you may face federal charges even in a state with legal cannabis. Always be careful.
Do you sell seeds?
No, we do not sell or distribute seeds of any kind.
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The International Cat Association – A great resource for identifying cat breeds, showing pictures of cats, and more!
The Cat Fanciers’ Association – Another great resource for showing pictures, breed profiles, and more!
The American Cat Fanciers Association – Yet another resource for cat fanciers!
Cat Breeds – A website all about, you guessed it, cat breeds.
Cat & Kitten Care – A great resource for general cat care!
Cat Behavior – A Wikipedia article about cat behavior.
Cat Lovers Only – A forum for cat fanciers to talk about their cats!
The Cat Site – Another forum, this one is user friendly!
Cat Videos – Nothing but cat videos here. Seriously.
CatCam – The world’s first (and only) cat-eye view!
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We appreciate your time and effort in exploring our humble page. We hope you learned a bit about the history of catnip, as well as some cool, fun facts. Please, before you leave, take a look at our guide on how to grow your own catnip.
It may save your cat’s life someday! If you have any questions, please, don’t be afraid to contact us. We will try to answer your questions as quickly as possible.
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