Watch your cats roll over, purr, and leap with excitement! Catnip plants sprout quickly and are easy to grow for great fun for you and your cat! Fresh catnip causes a stronger reaction among cats. Catnip was originally native to Europe and Asia and can grow to 3 feet high. If you crush the foliage of this herb, it releases oil that attracts cats. In fact, cats will rub up against the foliage themselves to bruise it and release the scent. Fresh catnip leaves are used in tea, which is said to relieve head colds, and can also be added to salads, stews, and sauces. Catnip is also said to attract good luck. Safe for ages 4 and up!
1. Pour soil into terra-cotta planter
2. Add one or two tablespoons of water, and blend with soil until saturated
3. Press soil smooth
4. Sprinkle the seeds on top of the germination mixture and press down on them lightly
5. Add about ½ tablespoon of water if necessary
6. Screw clear terrarium lid into place
7. Place on windowsill
8. Your Catnip plants will start sprouting in one week
9. Place the terrarium in a southern or eastern exposure
10. Make sure the soil is moist every couple of weeks
11. After removing the top, be sure to keep your plant moist as they will dry out very easily.
If planted outdoors, catnip can grow several feet tall and spread to cover a fairly wide area. This versatile herb can tolerate a wide range of conditions from full sun to light shade, rich soil to poor soil, or wet or dry conditions. Catnip is a member of the mint family. It is thought that the ability to detect catnip may be inherited among cats. Catnip has been said to aid in sleep. Fresh leaves of the catnip plant have a mint-like scent, while dried leaves smell like alfalfa.