catnip - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by cyntheen
June 30, 2010
is catgrass or catnip the same thing? is it easy to grow in bad soil and how long from seeds does it take??

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a member of the mint family. It's the stuff that usually makes cats goofy. Catgrass is some type of grain such as oats or wheat that they like to graze on. Both need improved soil to grow well. Catnip should sprout in 7-21 days. I often see catnip for sale in small pots in the herb section. It grows well outdoors in the Phoenix area, although planting in the midst of our summer heat is not recommended! Catgrass usually sprouts in a few days and does well indoors in bright sun. Good luck!

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