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Cat Grass, Variegated

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A sharp accent in the garden or in pots indoors.

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This annual cat grass sprouts fast-growing, bold leaves in bright white and green! Easy and fun to grow indoors or out.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun, Part Sun

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

7-60 days

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.


Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

24-48 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

6-8 inches

Additional Uses Additional ways in which the product may be used in the garden.

Container Plant

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Sowing Cat Grass Seed Indoors

  • To grow cat grass as a houseplant, sow indoors at any time.
  • Sow seeds ¼ inch deep in seed starting formula in the container where the plants will grow.
  • Keep the soil moist at 70 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.

Sowing Cat Grass Directly in the Garden

  • Sow cat grass outdoors in spring after all danger of frost has passed in average soil in full sun.
  • Remove weeds and work organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Sow seeds ¼ inch deep in rows 1 inch apart.
  • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge 7-14 days.
  • Variegated Cat GrassKeep weeds under control during the cat grass growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • For best results, water just as soil surface dries.
  • Re-sow often to maintain months of vibrant grass.
  • Trim back to 1 inch every second week to promote fresh growth.
  • Cat grass usually re-grows quickly several times after being nibbled.
  • Monitor grass for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Cat Grass Harvesting and Preserving Tips

  • Pets may graze plants at will.
  • People can make smoothies with young green leaves cut at 1 inch from the ground as needed.

Growing Cat Grass Herbs in Containers

Full Sun, Part Sun
Days To Maturity
7-60 days
Life Cycle
24-48 inches
6-8 inches
Additional Uses
Container Plant
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
6 inches
Cat Grass, Variegated is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cat is now an addict. I bought these a while back and have done several succession plantings indoors since then. It grows fairly well. Not quite as quickly as the wheat grass, but it's a nice change to just the solid green. The cat loves it. I've since had to move the planter to a different room and keep the door closed most of the time so she doesn't make herself sick. She now sits at that door looking pitiful if she hasn't been allowed in for a few days.
Date published: 2019-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from At first my cats were quizical from a distance After adjusting to it the cats really enjoyed the variegated as did we humans. It broke up the very simple all green.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different Didn't grow quite as well as regular cat grass but grew well enough. Very fun different look. Sadly eaten by chickens when I wasn't looking.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So pretty! Planted this last week and it's already looking great. Cat likes it too! Going to plant more because the color is beautiful.
Date published: 2016-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great and interesting cat grass! This cat grass grows fast and my cats love it. It's a great indoor plant and cats love to chew the tops off of the chutes. Great Plant!
Date published: 2014-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cat Loved it! My cat loves to munch on this grass as much as the regular "green" kind. It grows very quickly (ready to eat in less than a week!) and is also just a pretty plant for my back porch. I will be ordering many more packets as my cat will probably eat the plants faster than I can grow them.
Date published: 2012-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cat loves this We had been buying untreated oat seeds to grow for our cat to eat. He likes chomping on grass and other greens. We found that he preferred the variegated cat grass over the greens of the oat seeds. My husband starts a small pot every couple of weeks so as one pot gets eaten a fresh batch of grass is ready.
Date published: 2010-12-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eh... I planted my seeds in pots to have indoors during the early spring. They all quickly grew, and continued to grow, deep green and pure white shoots. Unfortunately, that's all that they were good for. Unless you are using the grass for some sort of landscaping, it is pointless to have them as an indoor plant. Yes, it grew immediately with very little effort on my part, but eventually it got too tall and began to fall over on itself. It lasted over a month, but what was the point?
Date published: 2009-06-02
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