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Why does my kitty grass always die a horrible death?

Asked by andrew (16172points) May 24th, 2009

I’ve tried watering every day, putting in sunlight… but it just goes limp and dies. Has anyone successfully cared for this?

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PandoraBoxx's avatar

By “kitty grass” are you referring to the digestif or the ‘nip?

Grisaille's avatar

Seriously. Every plant I’ve ever had has died.

Reminds me of a Demetri Martin Joke:

“You know, a while back, I friend gave me a cactus. And after a few days… it died.

“I thought to myself, ‘Damn. I am less nourishing than a desert.’”

andrew's avatar

@PandoraBoxx The wheatgrass-like plant that cats nibble on, not catnip.

breedmitch's avatar

Do you mean kitty grass as in barley grass? Oh I see you do.

Are you buying from seed or one of those plastic containers of ready-grown stuff by the register? I have noticed that the ready-grown stuff often hasn’t any soil in the pot. The seeds are sprouted in some sort of medium. It always dies in a week or so (but that’s ok since Ike prefers chewing on the dead grass, anyway). I have been able to keep some for longer by buying actual barley (or oat) grass seed and sprouting in soil myself.

andrew's avatar

AHhhh yes. Of course!

PandoraBoxx's avatar

I’ve grown barley grass in the clear plastic containers strawberries come in. The containers have drainage holes, and you can keep the lid on to create a greenhouse effect until the grass sprouts. Then take it off. Real soil works better than the growing medium, which is usually mostly peat moss, which doesn’t retain moisture very well.

chyna's avatar

I have never heard of kitty grass and was pretty much afraid to read this post.

cak's avatar

Also be sure not to over water it, that can kill it just as fast as under watering it.

Saturated_Brain's avatar

I’m sorry. Irrelevant here but for a moment I thought you were asking why your cute little kitten always died a horrible death. Jigsaw came to mind.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

Are you having hairball issues? Pumpkin puree is good for that (not pie filling). Freeze portions in an ice cube tray and add to food.

augustlan's avatar

Andrew, I think it might just be that you have a way with plants, a bad way. ;-)

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