Monday, September 10, 2012

How To Grow Catnip

This article will explain to you how easy it is to grow catnip. It can be done outside or inside, catnip is a very hardy plant so if planted outside it will take over some parts of your yard (look out!). Cats enjoy catnip (they love the smell and the aroma and I think it makes them feel good).

It is so easy to grow catnip, you have no excuse to not always have a constant supply for your cats1 Your cats will love you for it.

You might be thinking

"Well I bought some catnip at the store and it didn't seem like the cat liked it that much."

This is true because catnip bought in a store is of low quality and is very dry and probably old. When your cats smell fresh catnip they will love it. Sometimes my cats will eat the green stuff like it makes their stomach feel better and at the same time roll around in it and are absorb some of the natural fragrance basically making them buzzed.

Okay so back to the guide. This is my step by step guide to show you how to grow catnip.

1. You can start by going to your local petstore. A small time pet shop may not have it but usually every Petsmart or Petco has it in season. If they don't have it I've asked them and they usually will get more in the following week. So buy a cheap Petgreens live catnip. It will look like this:
growing catnip

2. Okay after you buy the canip, don't give it to your cats right away! First make sure you also pick up a pot and some potting soil as well. What we are going to do is replant the catnip in a bigger pot and let it grow big and strong. Then your cats will have a constant supply of fresh catnip!

(If you want you can pick a few of the leaves or parts of the plant that may look dead. If it looks like it's overgrown or rootbound then you can thin it out and give those fresh leaves to your cat. That can be a preview.

3. Okay so you just turn your catnip start plant upside down and give it a slight tap and it should come out. There should be a root ball when it comes out. Fill a little soil in the bottom of your new pot and then plant the catnip and then spread soil underneath of it to make it look even across the pot. Don't overfill it. Give it a good water. Set in a window sill or other place that your cat can't reach it for now. Let it grow but keep an eye on it. After about 3 days then give another good watering.

After that the catnip plant will have room to grow. Try to not pick too much off for your plants or you will never get a good healthy start, which is important so your pets will have a good constant supply of catnip.

They will love your fresh catnip. It basically grows itself. So easy to grow a one armed monkey could do it.

That's all for now, check back for more updates and other articles about cats and pet care!

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