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  • Citronella Grass (Cymbopogon nardus) for Sale

    Citronella Grass (Cymbopogon nardus) for Sale

 
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Citronella Grass (Cymbopogon nardus)

Cymbopogon nardus

$24.95

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-t- Planting Mix
Citronella Grass (Cymbopogon nardus) Planting Mix

Helps your Citronella Grass (Cymbopogon nardus) get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.


Soil Contents
$6.95
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

APPLICATION:
1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
$4.95
-t- Planket™ - Frost & Cold Protection
PLanket 10-20 ft.

Protect your sensitive plants and shrubs with the Planket™

Benefits include:

  1. Lightweight fabric allows your plants to breather while also protecting them from the frost and cold winds.

  2. 6ft. round size makes it easy to protect sensitive container plants.

$19.95
Add A Decorative Pot

Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
(hardy down to 30℉)



Growing Zones 9-11 outdoors
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

5-6 ft.

Mature Width:

4-6 ft.

Sunlight:

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Spacing:

6-8 ft.

Growth Rate:

Moderate

Drought Tolerance:

Great

Botanical Name:

Cymbopogon nardus

Does Not Ship To:

AZ

Natural Insect Repellent

Reclaim the backyard from those pesky mosquitos! With citronella the days of itchy bites or dangerous synthetic chemicals are over. It is effective at repelling mosquitos for up to two hours.

It is also useful in ridding cats and dogs of fleas.

The easiest way to experience the repelling effects of Citronella is to crush the leaves in your hands and rub the essential oil on your skin! You will smell fresh and lemony while keeing mosquitos at bay.

A Beautiful Supplement to any Surrounding

This plant brightens its surroundings and makes a wonderful addition to your yard, patio or garden setting, and and is often harvested for its useful and wonderfully aromatic oil.

Make your Own Scented Lotions

Citronella grass is well known for containing citronella oil, an ingredient that is commonly used in lotions.  Homemade Citronella lotion is easy to make. Simply mix the essential oils into your favorite lotion. 

Create Candles that fill the Air With Lemony Freshness

Citronella oil is often used as a basic ingredient in scented candles, as its lemony fresh scent creates a very pleasant and invigorating atmosphere.  

And even MORE Valuable Uses!
Cymbopogon nardus is related to cymbopogon citratus, which is commonly referred to as lemon grass and is often used as an ingredient in Asian cuisine. Both plants share an unmistakable citrus aroma that is often credited for warding off pests that can eat up crops.

Have your plant shipped to you today and watch your garden or patio come to life!





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Planting & Care



It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Citronella Grass (Cymbopogon nardus)


Citronella Grass (Cymbopogon nardus) Planting Diretions

Seasonal Information:

Citronella Grass can be grown as a perennial in USDA Zones 9-11.  Otherwise, you should plan to grow them in pots or containers. It requires a long, warm growing season, with regular watering or rainfall in a well drained soil.  They won’t tolerate cool, damp winters very well.  With that in mind, if you’re in a zone that might be prone to that, plan to do some dividing in the early winter and take some small clumps indoors for the winter just in case.  If you’re growing them in pots and temperatures might drop to 32OF, bring them indoors to be safe.

 

Location Preferences:

Citronella can tolerate and actually prefers full sun, but if the soil dries out, it can cause scorch and withering.  Locate outdoor plantings in an area where they are shaded for a portion of the day to help rectify this.  A good guide is 6-8 hours of sunlight per day.  If in pots, you can move the plants to  partially shaded areas if and when you see stress.   Citronella is not considered an ‘invasive’ grass because it doesn’t spread rhizomes (underground roots), but is an aggressive bunch grass and can grow very tall.  Avoid planting where it might shade out other plants in the garden that don’t like shade.  It’s often best to grow Citronella in a grass container, a planter, or in an enclosed area with a heavy mulch barrier around it.  Finally, avoid exposures that might be subject to strong winds or rain.

 

Soil Preferences:

Soil in your garden or pots can contain all four textures (sand, silt, clay, loam) in any combination as long as it is well drained but holds moisture and nutrients well.  A fertile ‘loam’ is ideal.  Its preferred pH is near neutral, say, 6.1-7.8, not much higher or lower than that range.  Citronella cannot tolerate soggy soil.

 

Planting:

In Pots and Containers – Choose a large container, and fill it about 1/3 full of potting soil.  Spread the root ball and arrange the plant in the pot at about the same depth it had been growing in.  Fill and tamp additional potting soil around the sides of the plant ensuring that the roots make good contact with the soil and to minimize air pockets around them.  Water immediately and thoroughly, adding water until you see it run out of the holes in the bottom of the container.  During early establishment, allow the soil to dry out between waterings but not so much as to cause wilting.  Add water when the surface inch or so is feeling dry.  Fertilize lightly with a complete and balanced fertilizer, say a 5-5-5 or 10-10-10 and follow directions on the label. Follow with light fertilization monthly.

In the Garden – method 1: planting in a hole – this is a good method if you’re planting in bunches or small groups, or as individuals around a space.  Dig a hole twice as wide, and about 2 inches deeper than the root ball will sit.  Add a handful of compost and a handful of peat or coir in the hole and mix it with the soil.  This will create a richer soil without adversely affecting drainage.  Remove the plant from the container you received it in, and knock the soil off around the roots gently.  Add about 2” of your amended soil into the hole, then spread the roots and set the plant into the new soil.  Cover half of the root ball with your soil mix, and water to settle the soil around the roots.  Continue filling the hole with your amended mix, gently pressing it into the hole and around the roots.  Keep in mind you want the plant to be at the same level as it was in the pot it came in after planting.

In the Garden – method 2 - planting in a group or as an area planting—When planting in a prepared bed, plan to space your Citronella about 12-24 inches apart.  Till the area to a depth of 8”.  If the soil needs amendment, follow the instructions as above using compost and peat or coir.  Set the plants to the same depth they were planted in before, spread the roots to encourage new roots, firm the soil around the roots as you plant them, and water thoroughly when you’re done.  Use the same approach as above…allow the soil to dry out after the initial watering, but not so much so that the surface inch or two become droughty. Observe for wilting or scorching and water as needed if seen.  Fertilize lightly at first and then monthly afterwards with a balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10 or 5-5-5.  You can pinch back the plants to shape them.  Remove the branch tips just above the leave node to encourage bushiness.

 

Watering once Established:  When the top of the soil feels dry, water your Citronella.  Keep in mind that they do not like soggy soil.  Keep in mind that they will need water especially when hot and dry conditions exist.  This can happen quickly in full sun exposures.

 

Maintenance Fertilizer once Established:  Shift to analyses that have a little more nitrogen on plants you are managing as perennials (outdoors in the garden overwintering each year).  10-5-5 or 20-10-10 are examples. Fertilize in the spring and again in the fall.  Always follow manufacturer’s label directions.

 

Propogating/Dividing:  Citronella Grass can be propagated by dividing the clumps. Do it before winter, and keep some smaller clumps indoors so as to ensure live plants in the spring; or if you want to plant them elsewhere in your landscape. Plant and care for the divided clumps in the same manner as described above.  The clumps in perennial plantings will grow larger with age and can be transplanted in the fall.  Otherwise, early winter so as to gain as much growth as possible.

Other than regular watering, Citronella Grass requires very little additional maintenance.

Planting & Care

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Hopefully to keep the mosquitoes away
Sara O on Apr 25, 2017
Family is allergic to mosquitoes
Erin M on Mar 23, 2017
Hopefully to keep the mosquitoes away
Sara O on Apr 25, 2017
Mosquito repellent. Fresh scent
Geraldine F on Apr 9, 2017
Family is allergic to mosquitoes
Erin M on Mar 23, 2017
to help keep misquitos away from the house and it looks like a good plant
rhonda p on Feb 11, 2017
Mosquito repellent. Fresh scent
Geraldine F on Apr 9, 2017
to help keep misquitos away from the house and it looks like a good plant
rhonda p on Feb 11, 2017
How do I treat it in the fall for a better spring beginning?
Chad L on Sep 13, 2017
We want to plant some Citronella to help control mosquitoes. I know it will not be 100% effective but it can't hurt. I was wondering if anyone has an experience with grass vs plant for mosquito control? Where we are planting it, we could do either.
Faith E on Jul 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This is my first yr planting the citronella grass. I have it in large clay pots on either side of my garden side back door. This is the first year I have not had our Florida humming bird size mosquitos waiting to take me away...mind you there are a couple but nothing like before the plants and they have grown large and full. Hope this helps. Oh when we are having company to cook out I will cut off a couple pieces and it helps.
How tall will the Citronetta Grass grow?
Tom K on Feb 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They can grow to 5-6ft tall at maturity.
WI'll it grow well in poor soil?
Is it drought tolerant?
Gayle E on Feb 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Soil in your garden or pots can contain all four textures (sand, silt, clay, loam) in any combination as long as it is well drained but holds moisture and nutrients well. A fertile ‘loam’ is ideal. Its preferred pH is near neutral, say, 6.1-7.8, not much higher or lower than that range. Citronella cannot tolerate soggy soil. If the soil dries out, it can cause scorch and withering.

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