Citronella Mosquito Plant



CITRONELLA MOSQUITO PLANT

aka Pelargonium citronellum, citronella plant, the mosquito plant, citronella geranium.


GROW

Propagate: cuttings, seedings

Light: sunny

Water: once a day

Soil: good drainage

Fertilizer: twice a month


USES

Topical Insect Repellent : While citronella grass does not act as an insect repellent in the pot, its crushed leaves or oil from those leaves work well to discourage mosquitoes and other small flying insects. Iowa State University recommends applying the oil directly to the skin or clothing, but notes that some people may be allergic to this plant. Test for an allergy to the citronella oil by applying it to the inner forearm a day or so before using it as a topical rep