Citronella plant is commonly known as the mosquito plant. The plant belongs to the family of the geranium. The foliage of the plant contains citronella which makes it a mosquito repellent plant.
This is a low maintenance plant. The plant is grown in clumps. The plant is easy to grow, all it needs basic caring. Make sure you buy the real citronella plant which is like lemongrass and not the imposter.
If you are dining outdoors then the fragrance of the plant would be an addition to other fresh flowers.
You can plant it during the spring after the frost as the plant loves warmer resources to stimulate its starting growth.
They are tolerant to a wide range of draining soils. The plant could brilliantly adapt the drought-prone areas
Moderately rich and moist soil would be favorable for this plant.
The plant is very tender thus it requires loamy soil which can hold the sections grown from the roots.
A well-draining soil with balance ph level would be perfect.
The plant is heat tolerant. 7 to 8 hours of sunlight is required by the plant.
If you feel that the plant is losing its leaves and drying up then move it to a shady place.
Natural direct sunlight will be helpful.
Water the plant two times a day - 2 cups of water each in the morning and evening.
As the plant enjoys the warmer climate the water requirements also increase.
The plant requires abundant of water but make sure you don't overwater it.
The plants bear flowers during the summer. They are small and tender. The flower growth is limited
They are purplish-white in color. You can grow this plant on your terrace, courtyard or in the backyard.
The average height is around 2 to 3 feet. They can spread around 4 feet.
The leaves of the plant are small and are lush green. They are around 5 to 7 cm in length.
Use potting mix and organic fertilizers.
Make sure that the roots of the grass are not drying out and if they are, then add alkaline rich fertilizers.
You can add rotted manure to make the soil more aerated in nature.
The plant has a distinct lemon scented smell. They can repel mosquitoes effectively.
All you have to do is to just rub the leaves around your infected area. Apart from this, they can also help you to cure your fever, cholesterol, stress cough and cold.
The plant is valuable to cure your acne, pimple and menstrual problems
Not many pests affect this plant as the plant itself is a repellent. The plant act as a savior for the plants preventing ants ticks and mosquitoes
The plant is a risk to dogs and cats. It is poisonous to them. It has active toxics in them making it harmful for the pets.
The plants may get subjected to certain fungal infection and bugs. You can get rid of it by using certain fertilizers and organic compost.