Heirloom, Non-GMO grains and cover crops make great farmer seeds for small homesteads

Expand your knowledge of growing survival food

Catnip Seeds

The most inexpensive and rewarding way to have plenty of high-quality catnip on hand is growing your own from catnip seeds. This perennial herb will remain in your garden space for years. Besides its usefulness to make cats happy, these seeds grow into a powerful medicinal herb with many benefits for humans, too. Catnip can be used for making teas and other medicines, makes a wonderful hair rinse, and serves as nature’s insect repellent. Catnip grows best in direct sunlight and well-drained soil. The blooms serve as food for bees and butterflies, which makes catnip useful for other vegetables and flowers in the area.

Survival Garden Seeds offers catnip plant seeds with high germination rates, perfect for creating a feline-friendly oasis. Our non-GMO seeds are chosen to ensure a lush catnip harvest.

Growing Catnip Seeds in Your Garden

  • Entices cats and attracts pollinators
  • Medicinal herb with aromatic leaves
  • Heirloom, non-GMO seeds
  • Excellent companion plant and pest repellent


Catnip is a part of the mint family. Native to Europe and Asia, it has become common throughout different regions. This is a hardy plant and is easy to grow outdoors in USDA zones 3 to 12, or indoors anywhere with sufficient light. Adaptable to different environments, it successfully grows year after year.

Nepetalactone, the active compound in catnips, attracts cats, giving them a sense of euphoria that can be either stimulating or calming. For humans, catnip has calming properties and is used in herbal remedies that are especially useful for digestive complaints.


For best results, start by cold-stratifying your catnip seeds. Dampen a paper towel and roll the seeds up inside. Place them into a refrigerator for 4-6 weeks. Next comes planting catnip seeds indoors (6 to 8 weeks before the last frost). You can also sow directly in the garden in spring or fall. These seeds need light to germinate so press them gently onto the soil surface without covering them. Make sure the soil is moist, and germination will occur within 7-10 days. Transplant seedlings to stand 12-18 inches apart.


Once established, catnip is relatively easy to maintain, only requiring occasional watering. Although it prefers direct sunlight, in hot climates it can benefit from partial shading. Because it self-seeds abundantly, remove flowers if you wish to contain the spread. Harvest leaves in the morning before the plant flowers so that the leaves have the best aroma, especially useful if you intend to use them for tea or cat toys.

With Survival Garden Seeds' catnip seeds, gardeners can enjoy all of the benefits of this wonderful herb. Catnip is essential for any herb garden, whether you have cats or not. See for yourself the joys of growing your own catnip.

Search our shop