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Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors



Growing Zones 9-11 outdoors
This plant is recommended for zones:

4-11 patio
  /  
9-11 outdoors


You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

1-2 ft.

Mature Width:

1-2 ft.

Sunlight:

Full to Partial

Botanical Name:

Pelargonium citronellum

Does Not Ship To:

AZ

The All-Natural Mosquito Repellant

Here's why everyone's buzzing about Citronella:

  • Attractive, citrus scented geranium
  • Grows well on patios and decks
  • Nicknamed the Mosquito plant, for its natural mosquito repelling oil in the leaves.
  • Convenient size, plant in containers and place them anywhere

The Sweet Scent of Citrus

If you love the great outdoors make sure you pick up a few Citronella plants. Not only is this geranium a drought-tolerant, vigorous grower, its thick green leaves give off a pleasant, citrusy fragrance that will carry throughout your garden or patio the whole summer long. Quickly growing up to 2 feet high, their compact mature size makes them a convenient plant to pot up and strategically place at patio entrances, along decks and throughout your garden. Plant them around your backyard retreat to make summer nights memorable.

Say Hello to Summer Nights

Citronella is the perfect outdoor plant. Not only does it look great in a decorative pot, the fresh scent of citrus will surround your outdoor spaces like no other plant can. Its fragrant leaves will also freshen up any room indoors. Once outdoors, let your Citronella plant work its magic. Try crushing one of the leaves, for a natural insect repellant that goes anywhere.

Citronella has soft leaves, similar to herbs like mint or basil. We grow your plants large, and then cut it back so it ships better. When they arrive, give them a drink then remove any damaged stems or leaves. Within days you’ll start seeing new foliage and stems popping out everywhere. Citronella is extremely fast growing.

This summer, it's time to enjoy your favorite outdoor spaces. Make sure you order several Citronella plants today.





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Customer Reviews

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Keeps the mosquitos away
This is a very effective plant. I have it right by my back door and no mosquitos this summer! It also has a very nice scent -- not too strong.
July 23, 2015
Fremont, CA
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11
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Every yard should have this plant!
every yard should have this plant on their patio! Then take a clipping, root it in water. Then plant it was another section of your yard or a neighbors yard.
Also nursery's should advertise this plant. By chance I came across it on line and ordered two plants.
July 29, 2015
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Happy Plant
There's lots of mosquitos around here because I live by a lot of water and it has been raining more than usual. But when the Citronella plant is nearby, the mosquitos are not. I couldn't ask for it to be better than that.
July 25, 2015
Tunkhannock, PA
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1 year ago
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6
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Worth it
Plants came with no damage and smell good. We able to sit on deck at night without being eating up. Have to say l never purchase plants this way but judging by how well they where package l would do it again.
July 28, 2015
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smells wonderful
we bought 6 but one expired we were credited for it we love these plants not one bug on back deck able to enjoy our summer without getting bet best investment they are growing perfect this is a must buy
July 29, 2015
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1 year ago
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8
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Great plant for full sun.
this plant is hardy and looks very neat and tidy. So far no Mosquitos!
July 29, 2015
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
9
Citronella
I have ordered a lot of trees from this website and this is the first time I received a dead plant. The plant is almost dead when it arrived. The body is all twig and dry. It may have been pruned prior to shipping but it does not show any sign of survival until now. I have sent in an email to notify the customer service of pt's status upon arrival but has not received an email yet. I am still waiting for a response.
September 10, 2015
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1 year ago
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8
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I love the cirtonella!
This plant basically takes care of itself. I bought 2 little plants & put them in one big pot. They started to grow noticeably immediately, and after 3 to 4 weeks they were almost as full as the picture above. I find that after I water the plant it gives off a very strong pleasant citrus scent and I can sit outside without being attacked by mosquitos.

I plan to buy several next year for my patio area. This is a very attractive container plant, with a beautiful fresh green color & is a great addition to any sitting area or garden.
July 26, 2015
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1 year ago
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Love the Scent!
These arrived looking pretty good for sitting out on the front porch until I got home (Jupiter, FL) and it was HOT that day. I planted them right away. They perked up pretty fast. They all have new growth and the scent is lovely. I've even rubbed a couple of leaves on my fingers then applied the scent to my skin to ward off those nasty Florida insects. I plan on purchasing a couple more next year.
July 29, 2015
Jupiter, FL
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1 year ago
Growing Zone:
10
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Wonderful for patio.
Mosquitoes were horrible last summer 2014 making my mom's patio unusable. Bought these for this summer and we have enjoyed being outside all season.
August 8, 2015
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
7

Planting & Care



It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Citronella (Anti-Mosquito Plant)



Step 1: Dig Your Hole


Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Citronella (Anti-Mosquito Plant).

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant


Next, separate the roots of your Citronella (Anti-Mosquito Plant) gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole


As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Citronella (Anti-Mosquito Plant) again after the transplant is complete.


Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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Fight against mosquitos
Tommie P on Aug 28, 2016
This is a great smelling plant
ISELA L on Jul 26, 2016
Fight against mosquitos
Tommie P on Aug 28, 2016
To keep away mosquitos, the ones that lived did work. Had a set of 5 that were too small of a root to make it.
Lorrie M on Aug 18, 2016
This is a great smelling plant
ISELA L on Jul 26, 2016
We live in south Florida, so having a plant that keeps mosquitos away is a must. Now we can enjoy the outside without getting eaten alive.
Valentin F on Jul 23, 2016
I hope it will help drive mosquitoes in our backyard every spring, summer and fall. I think the female mosquitoes lay their
eggs in the soil between lawn grasses. The bites are lethal as it leaves welts.
LEOPOLDO D on Jul 19, 2016
I live in Florida right on the water. This time of year the mosquitos can be bad.
Sylvia R on Jul 10, 2016
i hate frigging mosquitos
jane q on Jul 8, 2016
50% arrived alive and the other didn't. Owing to the stringent packing, this delicate plant struggled through the delivery. They are a little more comfortable now and is helping ward off mosquitos. I live by a creek in the Catskills.
Christina L on Jul 6, 2016
to keep mosquitos away. I hope it works
claudye s on Jul 4, 2016
repellent value and natural beauty of foliage
Donna S on Jul 4, 2016
We have mosquitoes so I seen this on pinterest
Kenneth H on Jul 3, 2016
i read the reviews and nothing but good words to say . We need to deter cats and mosquitoes from our patio and porch. I hope this works for us.
Drema C on Jul 2, 2016
We have many, many EXTREEMLY hungry Mosquitoes in our area.
Robert T on Jul 2, 2016
We have a bad reactions to mosquito bites. It was suggested to me by word of mouth that these plants would help reduce the number of the pesky insects. I'm hoping planting these miracle plants around the fire pit patio and porch will encourage to make it human friendly again.
Mimi B on Jul 1, 2016
Mosquitos
Margaret B on Jul 1, 2016
I just love this plant!!!! I've been ordering from Fast Growing Trees for some time now, and I've always had great results with all of my purchases!
Donna W on Jun 28, 2016
Lots of mosquitos where I live
salvatore f on Jun 28, 2016
repelent the muskitos
from the balkon and I love the plant with it flower and smell good. Natural repelent.
Laszlo F on Jun 27, 2016
I was discussing this plant with my friends while visiting their house.
Dawn C on Jun 27, 2016
To help rid mosquitoes
Sheila B on Jun 26, 2016
for mosquito repellent in my Gazebo
Gardner on Jun 24, 2016
Worried about mosquitos as I have a special needs son... You're site looked secure and reputable
Linda B on Jun 24, 2016
I bought it from the store a few years ago
eva t on Jun 23, 2016
As mosquito repellant
Cheryl M on Apr 22, 2016
mosquito repellant
Leah O on Apr 21, 2016
anti-mosquito; who can resist that?
Pamela F on Apr 21, 2016
Great plant
Ken N on Apr 20, 2016
To repel mosquitoes in both front & back yards & I love the texture of these plants.
Linda B on Apr 19, 2016
To prevent mosquitos to attack me .....
Byron T on Apr 19, 2016
To have a mosquito free yard.
Sally F on Apr 19, 2016
looks pretty and hope it will ward off mosquitos on my patio
Ekaterina S on Apr 18, 2016
I live on a lake
Amy H on Apr 18, 2016
potted and ready to go.
norene w on Apr 18, 2016
Mosquito Repellent
Melissa R on Apr 17, 2016
To keep mosquitoes away on our deck!
Diandre A on Apr 17, 2016
Got to watch out for the zika virus, so hopefully this will help!
MARLA V on Apr 17, 2016
I have a lot of mosquitos
Vanessa F on Apr 16, 2016
I live on a creek and have a lot of mosquitos so I purchased several of these plants to deter the pests in our sitting areas. The plants arrived smashed and ½ the size due to breakage during shipment. I took pics, sent to customer service, and all they told me was hopefully they will come back! HORRIBLE customer service.
Anne L on Apr 16, 2016
I was looking for a natural product to keep mosquitos away from my pool, deck and house. Because I have severe allergies to pesticides, I chose to go natural. Hopefully, I will not be disappointed.,
Ellen B on Apr 14, 2016
I choose this because it repels insects and I live near water so mosquitos are bad in my area
Mary C on Apr 14, 2016
I bought the citronella plant because we get mosquitoes here every summer, I am hoping it will hinder them from hanging out. I may try using our herb scissors & cut some of the leaves up & put them in candles & see if that helps keep them away.
Linda Y on Apr 13, 2016
with all the water this winter in Northern California , the mosquitos that have hatched are highly active
I needed a natural way to combat these creatures.
Herman E on Apr 13, 2016
Mosquitoes are a problem here and I like to sit outside.
Sherry F on Apr 8, 2016
Keeping the pesky bugs away!
Linda K on Apr 7, 2016
Good sent and keeps the mosquitos away
Steve E on Apr 7, 2016
for our deck, we live near water
Diana M on Apr 6, 2016
The pleasant smell of citrus with the added bonus of keeping mosquitos away during the summer months is very, very appealing
chris s on Apr 4, 2016
We are not right on the river but do have a river close by. I am hoping this plant will not only keep the misquitos away but also the wasp and box elder bugs that are thick in our area. I like a citrus smell and am hoping this works.
Diane C on Apr 3, 2016
Mosquitos
Cathleen T on Apr 2, 2016
Severely allergic to Mosquito bites--sure hope that this one,and the Phenomenal Lavender will keep these "Blood Suckers" away from my house and patio.
Susan D G on Mar 31, 2016
To keep away mosquitos, the ones that lived did work. Had a set of 5 that were too small of a root to make it.
Lorrie M on Aug 18, 2016
We live in south Florida, so having a plant that keeps mosquitos away is a must. Now we can enjoy the outside without getting eaten alive.
Valentin F on Jul 23, 2016
is this plant safe for children and pets?
Caroline G on Apr 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The citronella plant is safe. It isn't recommended for eating, and can cause diarrhea and vomiting in dogs and cats if ingested.
does the mosquito bush survive the winter months?
Darrell B on Jul 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: If you're in zones 9 - 11 the Mosquito Plant is an evergreen. In zones 8 - 4 the Mosquito plant survives the winter, but dies back during it.
Does this plant bloom?
A shopper on Jul 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes the Citronella provides lavender blooms all summer.
is it possible to break one plant down into small plants?
dea71365 on May 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I cut off a branch, removed lower leaves and placed it in water for a couple of weeks. I then planted it in potting soil and am having great luck with it.
is the mosquito plant a perennial or annual?
A shopper on Jul 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: These are treated as "tender perennials" although they are grown as annuals in many locales. I continually cut clippings o root for new plants....
I read recently that it had been scientifically proven that this type of citronella plant had zero effect against mosquitos. Are you sure your claim that "Mosquitos will avoid it at all costs." is correct?
Margaret H on May 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: There are several plants that mosquitoes will avoid. Among them are the Citronella plants. There may be some cases depending on the area and climate, where the mosquitoes appear immune to the plant. There are usually environmental explanations for that. For the most part Citronella has proven to be a natural repellent to mosquitoes and several other insects.
I have followed all the directions on planting for my patio. But it keeps getting dry leaves. The patio is covered but it still gets pretty hot there . Could this be my problem?
Trula H on Sep 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I see that it is sitting on a brick floor which attracts heat and pulls the moisture from the pot. Get some air beneath it and the floor, with either an upside down saucer, or pot legs. Treat like a Mum.
does this plant grow indoors?
A shopper on Oct 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes! You can grow these plants indoors, with proper plant planting and care.
How to care for mosquito plant?
A shopper on Jul 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Water your citronella mosquito plant near the soil surface when the soil feels dry to the touch, and remove dried or yellowed leaves. Deadhead flowers to increase blooming and pinch the stem below the node to encourage your plant to grow in a bushy habit. Citronella plants require neutral to alkaline soil. Geraniums require a ready source of nitrogen for optimum growth, so apply a 5-10-5 or 6-12-12 fertilizer before planting at a rate of 2 to 3 pounds per 100 square feet of soil, or 1 heaping tablespoon per square foot. Follow with applications of 10-10-10 or 8-8-8 slow-release fertilizer every four to six weeks throughout the growing season. When growing indoors, make sure your citronella mosquito plant has lots of light, and maintain temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and about 55 degrees at night. Use a well-draining potting mix and fertilize with a water-soluble houseplant fertilizer every month in the spring and summer. Cut fertilization back to every other month during the fall and winter. According to North Carolina State University, a potting mix of equal parts garden soil, perlite and peat moss is an ideal growing medium, but you can substitute leaf mold, composted yard waste or pine bark for peat moss.
How often do you water and how much?
Charlotte G on May 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Citronella plants prefer their soil to be moist. How often you water your plant, depends on your climate. You can test the moisture of your soil by sticking your finger about 2 inches into the soil. If the soil is dry than it is okay to water your plant. However, if it is moist then your plant does not require any additional water.
What size Pot is used to plant the Citronella?
Judy M on Oct 31, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I would use a 5 gallon.
What Zone is Atlanta , GA located in?
A shopper on Oct 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: one answer says if you plant it outdoors, it will die back in winter and then come back. Other comment says you will have to plant in pots and bring inside in the winter. Which is it? I'm also in Atlanta, zone 7.
HOW DO YOU KEEP THEM IN WINTER?
MARHEA on Aug 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: If planted outdoors you can place hay, pine straw or pine needles around the base to keep the roots warm. You can cover it with a towel or sheet at night to protect it from frost. If planted in a pot bring it indoors during cold snaps and inclement winter weather.
if i plant this plant out side will it grow back every year ? and with the snow weather kill it
A shopper on Sep 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Citronella can be grown directly in the ground in climate zones where frost does not occur. In northern climate zones citronella needs to be grown in a large pot or planter, ideally with casters, so it can be rolled indoors during winter.
Why are citronella plants measured in gallons?
Chris on May 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The reason they are listed as gallon sizes is because they are not guaranteed to come in at a specific height. You are receiving a mature root system that will quickly become an established part of your landscape.
Why do some of the leaves turn brown?
Karen V on Jul 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hi, When plants get brown tips on their leaves it's generally an indication of poor watering habits. The best way to water a plant is to thoroughly flush it until water runs freely out the drainage holes. Shallow watering an cause brown tips on the leaves. But, brown tips are also an indication of lack of humidity.Here are a couple of useful tips for citronella: for a thicker fuller plant do not hesitate to give it a good haircut and don't waste the cuttings, they are a beautiful accent to an arrangement.
are the three pictures same plant ?
alexander c on Aug 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes they are
Is this plant an annual?
Laine M on Jun 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: That would depend on where you are located. If you live in zones 4-8 then they will be an annual.
Do you have the citronella bush to plant in the ground?
Yolanda M on Oct 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: If you live in zones 9-11 you can plant in the ground.
Do Citronella spread by running under/along surface of the ground? I'm wondering if they multiply in SE Louisiana.
Linda F on Sep 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: They do not multiply.
Are citronella plants harmful for humans or animals if ingested?
Melissa B on Jul 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Citronella plant isn't harmful to humans, unless they're prone to plant allergies. However Citronella can cause vomiting and diarrhea in cats and dogs if digested.
is it a perennial?
Bob p on Jul 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The outdoor growing zones are 9-11. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/USDA-Plant-Hardiness-Zone-Map.htm Zones 2-8 you would need to bring indoors in the winter.
I live in Jackson, Tn. Is it ok to leave plant in pot outside during the winter months?
wilma h on Oct 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Wilma. I live in Southern California, where it doesn't really get cold. I find these plants very hardy. I tried growing one in the house, and it took off like a weed. Very long branches. It was hardier and fuller, growing outside. I took a couple of branches off and started new plants in other pots...very simple.

Leroy Pettigrew
Is this plant annual or perennial?
Arnold L on Sep 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It depends on what zone you are in. If you are in zones 9-11 it would be a perennial. Zones 4-8 it would be an annual if kept outdoors.
What should I do with this plant in the Winter...zone 7?
Jana G on Aug 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have mine in pots and bring them into the house when the first frost is expected. They add a fresh, citrus smell to the house if you crush a couple of leaves each time you water.
Do the plant ward off mosquito?
Gerald T on Jan 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: it seems to work best in a location that will allow movement - wind, people walking by, etc - it gives off a stronger citronella scent when the branches/leaves are stirred around
zones 1-10?
A shopper on Oct 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: We recommend Citronella plants for zones 9-11.
should I cut back my plant in the fall if I am leaving it outdoors, or in a place where there isn't a lot of sun light?
Marcia R on Sep 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes pruning will help promote healthy new growth. If your in the recommended outdoor growing zone then leave it in Full to Partial sun.
If your outside the recommended outdoor growing zones then move them indoors in the winter.
The outdoor growing zones are 9-11. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/USDA-Plant-Hardiness-Zone-Map.htm
After this plant produces flowers and drops seed should it be trimmed back?
Neva A on Aug 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Pruning a plant will only promote new healthy growth.
Can this plant growth outside in Northeast Arkansas?
MeChelle on Jul 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The outdoor growing zones are 9-11. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/USDA-Plant-Hardiness-Zone-Map.htm For zones 4-8 you would need to bring indoors in the winter.

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