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Citronella (Anti-Mosquito Plant)

Pelargonium citronellum


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  • Ships week of Apr 7
  • Your price: $46.65 each
  • 4 inch pots

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-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.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planting Mix
Citronella (Anti-Mosquito Plant) Planting Mix

Helps your Citronella (Anti-Mosquito Plant) 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.

Coarse 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

Growing Zones: 5-11 patio / 9-10 outdoors
(hardy down to 30℉)

Growing Zones 9-10 outdoors
5-11 patio
9-10 outdoors

You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

2-3 ft.

Mature Width:

1-2 ft.



Growth Rate:


Botanical Name:

Pelargonium citronellum

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The All-Natural Mosquito Repellant

Here's why everyone's buzzing about Citronella:

- Attractive, citrus scented geranium
- Grows well on patios and decks
- 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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The Citronella plant arrived on time and looking very well. The plant is healthy and smells so nice. Unfortunately I failed to inquire about how to care for it during the colder months. It's beginning to look a little weak and the leaves are becoming sparce. But nonetheless, I will continue to care for it and hope it'll be ready for the next Summer season.
October 16, 2018
6 months ago
I have only one plant, however, since I put on the deck close to where I sit I've lost a lot less blood. seems like it works quite well.
August 14, 2018
6 months ago
Good plant to keep mosquitoes away
One of two plants ordered is doing great however second did not make the trip from the east coast to the west coast and arrived dead. Not surprised with all the heat across the country when ordered.
August 12, 2018
6 months ago
All is well
Please do not look at this as bad. They are difficult to ship. My other beautiful plants made it just fine,I may try again later for this as mosquitoes are going to be a problem, I am happy with this company. Credited it back. no problem. Jan
July 25, 2018
7 months ago
Slow to grow
I purchased two plants; one for the front and one for the back. Both are planted right next to the entrance steps. They appear to be OK as far as health but are slow to grow and spread. Since the aren't very large there is no apparent effect on the mosquitoes etc. They both get plenty of sun and lately plenty of rain. I'm hopeful they will spring forward.
July 19, 2018
10 months ago
Love it and it's doing Well!
I found this plant hard to find online, but found it here. It arrived healthy and is doing quite well!
July 11, 2018
8 months ago
Both plants I bought died. The first one was DOA which was refunded. The second plant didn’t last 2 weeks. Disappointed but it is what it is
July 4, 2018
7 months ago
Out of 4 plants only one survived. They were very Wilty upon arrival. But I followed the instructions in the box. No luck. I like doing business with y’all, so I gave you a 2 rating, for this shipment, otherwise the plants only get a 1
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July 4, 2018
7 months ago
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Not only is the plant growing, it works in keeping those terrible mosquitoes away. And, it is doing beautifully. We purchased a plant last year at a local nursery, and it did not do as well as this one from Fast-Growing!!!

It is amazing.
June 23, 2018
9 months ago
You don’t need chemicals for Mosquitoes, just these Plants!
I recently purchased 2 new Citronella Plants for this summer. These plants are truly remarkable at keeping away not only mosquitoes but all kinds of flying insects flying around our 2 lights on either side of our front door & of course coming into the house whenever they could! Prior to these plants we couldn’t even side on our small concrete stoop w/o being inundated with mosquitos, flies etc. Since buying these planted each year, we are mosquitoe free! I will never again go 1 year w/o these plants. I would recommend them to everyone with this problem, you will not be disappointed! And their price can not be beat! Thanks Fast Growing Trees! A very small price to pay for no mosquitoes in the summertime:)
June 21, 2018
over 3 years ago
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Planting & Care

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

Citronella (Anti-Mosquito Plant) Planting Diretions

Citronella (Pelargonium citronellum) is widely favored geranium thanks to its wonderful citrusy scent. It will give you an array of fuzzy, textured foliage that when crushed sends off a heavenly aroma. The plant grows to a height of about 2-3 feet and is best suited for USDA growing zones 9-11 as an evergreen perennial but can also be successfully grown in pots/planters if located in colder areas of the U.S. Citronella is also a great contrasting texture to gardens.


Choosing a location: If being ground planted then the best time to add it to your garden would be in the spring season after all the risks of frosts have passed. Try for a spot that gets more morning sun as the afternoon sun tends to be a bit more abrasive. The ideal amount of sun is about six hours a day. Although fairly tolerant of a wide range of soils, citronella prefers a moist, moderately rich soil for the best results.


Planting Directions (in ground):
1) Citronella does best if planted in a slightly acidic (6.5 pH is ideal), light, sandy soil that is well draining.
2) Make your hole twice as wide and just as deep as the container the plant came in. Space your plants about 1-2 feet apart if planting more than one.
3) Water the freshly planted citronella and add about 1-2 inches of chopped bark mulch or pine straw to help conserve soil moisture as well as deter competing weeds and grasses from growing up around it.

Planting Directions (potted):
1) Select a pot that is 8-12 inches wide at the top with multiple drainage holes, drainage is essential.
2) Using a high quality potting mix, fill the pot halfway full. A potting soil with some light amounts of fertilizer can be used.
3) Place your new citronella into the container so that the root ball tip is about 2 inches from the top of the pot. Add your soil so the root ball is at the same depth as its original container then water to settle the soil and eliminate any air pockets.
4) Place the pot in an area that gets full sun to partial shade. A good six hours of direct sun is recommended.


Watering: Keep your soil dampened as the plants get situated. Once they have fully established you should only need to supplement water once weekly during dry periods. For potted citronella, keep the soil evenly moistened without over saturating. You can closely monitor this by using your index finger. Stick it into the potting soil and if it feels dry to the touch, add just enough water to where you see it escaping the drainage holes and stop. If the leaves are turning a brown or yellow color then it is not receiving enough water.


Fertilizing: Ground grown citronella should be fertilized with a balanced fertilizer once monthly which will help support production. Citronella that is grown in pots can benefit from being fertilized monthly with a water soluble houseplant fertilizer in the spring and summer seasons.


Pruning (in ground): From the soil to the tip of the foliage, cut back about a Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
My sister in law recommended it !!!
She was advised by her neighbor about this plant and she bought it !!! Called me because I have always been bitten when ever I visit her !!! Hope it works for me !!!!!
Elizabeth Tenety T on Aug 4, 2018
to help with mosquito problems on patio
Patricia H on Aug 2, 2018
My sister in law recommended it !!!
She was advised by her neighbor about this plant and she bought it !!! Called me because I have always been bitten when ever I visit her !!! Hope it works for me !!!!!
Elizabeth Tenety T on Aug 4, 2018
We have mosquitos in our yard so we figured this would make a great outdoor table plant!
Joseph W on Aug 4, 2018
to help with mosquito problems on patio
Patricia H on Aug 2, 2018
I am creating a indoor/outdoor garden of useful plants. F.G.T. has the largest selection of unique plants I have found. I can't wait for them to arrive.
Tyler H on Jul 27, 2018
citronella to keep mosquitos away
Pal T on Jul 21, 2018
South Central Texas!!! Are you kidding...extra large mosquitoes here!!!
Elaine B on Jul 17, 2018
had it before...
Mauricio M on Jul 14, 2018
mosquito repellent and bright green leaves make it a good add to the landscape
Edward B on Jul 14, 2018
I'm hoping it will keeps mosquito's away on my porch.
Richard H on Jul 13, 2018
We have a Mosquito problem when these aren't planted on our patio! They are not native to the Northeast so we just buy a few and replant them every year and during the summer months they help keep the mosquitos away.
Benjamin N on Jun 17, 2018
Am beginning to see a few more mosquitos around so I figured this couldn't hurt!
Judy L on May 27, 2018
To fight mosquitos by my pool.
Margaret R on May 26, 2018
I purchased them 2 years ago and loved having them in my yard.
Lillian S on May 26, 2018
Hope it keeps the mosquitoes away!
William M D on May 25, 2018
to help stop mosquitos
timothy w r on May 24, 2018
I live in the mosquito capital of the USA, but I love sitting outside in the balmy air. Hopefully, i can do this without swatting those pesky insects. Heard about this plant from a friend who swears that it works.
Lynne N on May 21, 2018
Hope to control the mosquitoes.
Frank M on May 21, 2018
Plant has interesting foliage. I have a lot of mosquitoes seen I live near a river. It's an anti mosquito, a natural repellent.
Marie B on May 14, 2018
Love the look
Nina M on May 12, 2018
Always wanted to see if this plant really repels mosquitoes?
Lawrence C on May 9, 2018
Have tried them in the past work great not able to get them to grow the next year I am trying again
Edward B on May 9, 2018
I’ve used the citronella candles and know they work but with a plant it lessons the smoke from a candle .
danita q on May 9, 2018
I used it before I liked it
Kamini S on May 9, 2018
Natural mosquito repellent instead of using chemicals
denise r on May 8, 2018
I bought this to help keep mosquitoes away from my patio, and I love scented geraniums! Purchasing this also qualified me for free shipping. Thanks!
Lisa M on May 5, 2018
these plants help with keeping mosquito's at bay.
Arlene R on May 5, 2018
Hopeful these will help with mosquitoes. They are very pretty.
Mary-Lynne R on May 5, 2018
I chose this plant from other reviews. I'm hoping we won't be eaten alive this summer in the Central Valley of California.
Carol R on Apr 20, 2018
Easy maintenance and they actually work!!
Wendy A on Apr 8, 2018
On sale, wanted to try on patios & deck. But didn't get my free shipping even though put in promo code. Order over the required amt.
Doris K on Apr 7, 2018
I'm growing eggplants, strawberries, tomatoes and perennials for butterflies. I've already seen a few mosquitos and don't want to use pesticides.
Darrelyn F on Apr 7, 2018
Amy S on Apr 5, 2018
I purchased for mosquito protection!
Elaine W on Apr 4, 2018
Keeps mosquitoes away even in the woods!
Meg T on Mar 22, 2018
want to try it
sara d on Mar 20, 2018
Nicole F on Mar 15, 2018
I like the idea of natural mosquito repellants
Grace S on Mar 6, 2018
Have many mosquito, hope these plants control this problem.
Cathleen S on Feb 24, 2018
i live in Florida a lot of mosquitoes
iliana s on Feb 13, 2018
I was looking for interesting plants & if they help with mosquitos, even better.
tina m s on Feb 5, 2018
Anh N on Feb 5, 2018
Living in Florida I have mosquitoes year round and it is such a beautiful plant.
Theresa R on Oct 29, 2017
Flea and mosquito repellant
thwene b on Oct 14, 2017
Maria A on Oct 11, 2017
We have been bombarded with mosquitos this year and cannot go out on our deck. Hope these plants work. Thank you.
Beverly G on Oct 8, 2017
I put around other plants so my cat won't eat them - cats do not like smell of lemongrass
janice c on Oct 6, 2017
This plant was my choice because of its anti-mosquito ability and I do need it in this climate.
Brenda A on Oct 6, 2017
Growing well
mary v on Oct 5, 2017
I choose it because I want to make a French patio.
Monica N on Sep 30, 2017
Mosquito Repellent
Timothy H on Sep 20, 2017
We have mosquitos in our yard so we figured this would make a great outdoor table plant!
Joseph W on Aug 4, 2018
I am creating a indoor/outdoor garden of useful plants. F.G.T. has the largest selection of unique plants I have found. I can't wait for them to arrive.
Tyler H on Jul 27, 2018
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.
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.
Does this plant bloom?
A shopper on Jul 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes the Citronella provides lavender blooms all summer.
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.
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....
does this plant grow indoors?
A shopper on Oct 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: They do grow more rapid indoors. They string out more, searching for the sun.
Is the citronella plant harmful to dogs?
Keath B on May 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Is the citronella plant harmful to dogs?
What size Pot is used to plant the Citronella?
Judy M on Oct 31, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I would use a 5 gallon.
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.
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.
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.
is it a perennial?
Bob p on Jul 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I bought a few of these, the one I planted in the ground did not come back this year so no. I put the rest in planters and brought them indoors over the winter, great smell and they are growing beautifully,
I am in growing zone 7. Is it too late to consider purchasing these in mid-August?
Mark H on Aug 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We planted ours in the fall
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.
are the three pictures same plant ?
alexander c on Aug 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes they are
Is this Cybopogon nardus or Citronella winterianus?
Tricia W on Jul 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Botanical name for the Citronella plants we carry is Pelargonium Citronellum.
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.
Will this plant come back year after year?
Barbara K on May 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I think it depends on whether you have ideal conditions for the plant. I live in grow zone 7 and our New York weather doesn’t always follow a pattern for temperature. I still have my plant that I brought last year because I brought it in when the fall weather starting getting too cool for the plant to stay outside. During the winter, I placed in by a window light away from the heat from the radiators and the plant did well, after loosing a few leaves adjusting to being indoor. I am going to keep this one inside and get another for my outside container pot area for the rest of the spring and thru the summer and will take it in come fall. It won’t die if treated properly with right temperature and lightening exposure. I have had citronella plants in another apartment kept inside just like another potted plant. Nice smell, plus helps keep the spiders out.
How often to water citronella plant in pot?
Margaret L on Apr 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Keep your soil dampened as the plants get situated. Once they have fully established you should only need to supplement water once weekly during dry periods. For potted citronella, keep the soil evenly moistened without over saturating. You can closely monitor this by using your index finger. Stick it into the potting soil and if it feels dry to the touch, add just enough water to where you see it escaping the drainage holes and stop. If the leaves are turning a brown or yellow color then it is not receiving enough water.
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.

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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 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.
Can Citronella grow in Houston TX?
Edsel S on Oct 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If there is a variety that is adapted for your zone? Check your temperature/growing zone by putting in your zip code. Once you know the zone then search if you find a citronella that is adapted or bred to grow in that climate.
I have cats. Are they ok to have around them?
Sarah M on Jun 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I've had no problem and, although the scent is strong, it's lovely, keeps mosquitoes away and has loved little flowers. I have a bird feeder nearby as well and they don't seem to mind at all! You might try a little leaf "pinch" or even a candle to see if it bothers you cats. Best, Linda K
Is this plant dog safe?
Colleen L on May 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I am not a veterinarian but my beagle had no problems being around them. I don't think the smell is appetizing
does the plant grow year round?
Edna H on Sep 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Ours has grown all year. We live in Florida.

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