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Citronella (Anti-Mosquito Plant)

Pelargonium citronellum

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



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

You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

1-2 ft.

Mature Width:

1-2 ft.

Sunlight:

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Spacing:

1-2 ft

Growth Rate:

Fast

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.


We have recently cut-back our Citronella Plants. We do this to protect the plant in shipping to make sure you receive a viable, healthy product. These are fast growers and will take off once they are transplanted in a container or in your garden.




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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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
11
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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
6
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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
8
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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
8
Great plant for full sun.
this plant is hardy and looks very neat and tidy. So far no Mosquitos!
July 29, 2015
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
9
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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
10
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
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
7

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/width 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 ⅓ of the plant’s height at a 45 degree angle, making your cut just above a node. Be sure to remove any dead foliage from the plant or around the base. Sterilizing your trimmers with some rubbing alcohol will ensure nice, clean cuts.

 

Pruning (potted): Just before the plant tends to slow down a bit for the cold season and is brought indoors, cutback about a ⅓ of the height. Make a 45 degree angle cut just above where a leaf extends from the stem. Repeat this process all across the plant until the top has a flat looking appearance (kind of like a hedge). After only a few days, the plant will begin to re-grow again. You can actually take some of the leaves from your cuttings and place them in a small pot with a root medium to propagate!

Citronella responds quite well to being pruned. Summer bouquets make fantastic outdoor dining center pieces and the fragrance is wonderfully aromatic.

Planting & Care

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Living in Florida I have mosquitoes year round and it is such a beautiful plant.
Theresa R on Oct 29, 2017
mosquitos
Maria A on Oct 11, 2017
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
mosquitos
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
Looking for this plants for Mosquito
Ana F on Aug 14, 2017
Natural mosquito repellant
ida g on Aug 13, 2017
We live near a wildlife area and the a large river. We have a big problem with mosquitos. I am hoping this will help and give use more time to enjoy being outside and for our grandchildren to enjoy paying outside and get back to having our picnics.
Barbara M on Aug 12, 2017
To keep mosquitos from our patio and doors
Lyla H on Aug 10, 2017
We get a lot of mosquitos
KARLA M on Aug 6, 2017
I live in a lower lying area and Have mosquitoes around frequently
tristen c on Aug 4, 2017
I want to plant it in my vegitable garden to keep the mosquitos away. If it works, I will order more of these plants (when they are on sale, again)...
Ahmed Q on Aug 4, 2017
Needed it for free nnshipping.
Susan S on Jul 31, 2017
Living in Florida, Mosquitos are one of the biggest problems when it comes to entertaining out doors. Hopefully the Citronella Plant will work good. It will be a change from the candles we get.
William M. R on Jul 27, 2017
mosquito
August W on Jul 27, 2017
anti mosquito
Catherine P on Jul 26, 2017
To help prevent mosquitoes from attacking in the humid summers
Elda M on Jul 23, 2017
Mosquito repellent on our back patio
S T on Jul 21, 2017
For mosquito control
Melissa W on Jul 20, 2017
A beautiful alternative to citronella candles to keep away pesky mosquitos.
Allison P on Jul 19, 2017
I was in search of lemon grass but this plant came up on a search. Checked out the page and read many of the reviews which were all very positive. So I decided to go for this plant instead of my original .. hope I have the same positive experience.
Myra G on Jul 19, 2017
To get rid of mosquitos
Mary B on Jul 16, 2017
Could not locate a nursery in Northern CA. Found it right away on the internet.

MS. Baker
Cathy B on Jul 14, 2017
I used to have does plants but I gave them to my children when they moved out of our home and time to replace it.
sara k on Jul 13, 2017
Anti mosquito and smells great
McKenzie C on Jul 12, 2017
Pretty and useful
rosemarie c on Jul 11, 2017
Need anti-mosquito plants for patio
Madelon K on Jul 11, 2017
Many mosquitos in Florida. Hoping that it will work as well as review comments.
Roberto D on Jul 9, 2017
just love the smell ..
Rhonda B on Jul 8, 2017
I've had these plants before and they are wonderful.They work great.I will continue to buy them as needed.
Gloria J on Jul 6, 2017
Having just moved to Florida with all the rain lately mosquitoes are abundant. So we'll see how this works.
Jeri L on Jul 5, 2017
i chose this item because i have a whole bunch of mosquitos!!!! i hope it works!
Tamara D on Jul 5, 2017
My wife will not go outside unless I have the mosquito problem under control... I'm hopeful this citronella plant will do the job.
Angel N on Jul 4, 2017
Mosquitos because this has been a wet Spring/Summer.
Dusty G on Jul 4, 2017
Nice looking & functional plant.
Sonja M on Jul 3, 2017
Mosquitoes and a very good web site. Thank you
Donald D on Jun 30, 2017
For mosquito and love the smell
Ashley S on Jun 29, 2017
To keep Mosquito away in my patio
Roberta Daniella P on Jun 29, 2017
I am SO allergic to mosquito bites ~~ which take extra long to heal on me ~~ AND this plant is SOO pretty they will really dress up our new patio.
Britton C on Jun 29, 2017
Because of Anti mosquito.
One question. I thought I should get the free delivery for over $75 . Why still charged me the shipping fee($36.75) for the total of $114.85that I bought??
Franklin T on Jun 28, 2017
My family and I get chewed up by mosquito's in the summer and I like to spend time in my garden. I chose this item because of the rave reviews about it's effectiveness.
Danysha S on Jun 28, 2017
to repel Mosquitoes.
Its been a rather wet spring and a wet start to the summer,
anything I can do to prevent from Spraying would be of great value.
Paul R on Jun 27, 2017
We have much mosquitos n am hoping this will help.
Maria A on Jun 27, 2017
Get rid of those pesky pests
Nicholas P on Jun 25, 2017
The mosquitoes in Wisconsin are as big as dragonflies this year. I want this by MY outdoor chair!
DEBORAH W on Jun 22, 2017
natural defense against mosquito = no pestasides
MARTHA Z on Jun 18, 2017
Flea and mosquito repellant
thwene b on Oct 14, 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
are the three pictures same plant ?
alexander c on Aug 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes they are
Is the citronella plant harmful to dogs?
Keath B on May 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Is the citronella plant harmful to dogs?
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.
does the plant grow year round?
Edna H on Sep 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes. But, I recommend you purchase the "guaranteed" plant.
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 you replant every year?
Vicki M on Oct 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It’s not working for mosquitoes
What zone am I in?
Jeannie on Sep 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Twilight Zone?! There's a map to tell you what zone!!!
What about the winter months?
Kevin M on Sep 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Kevin we live in the Texas Hill Country and it freezes here so I bring it in during the winter months. It does very well in the house and the smell is really wonderful inside too. It also has lovely pink flowers in the spring, it's a beautiful plant.
When you bring in your plants can you cut them back without harming them?
Mary S on Oct 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can trim them back, which can promote healthy growth.
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.

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