Plant Care Citronella (anti-mosquito plant)

Citronella (anti-mosquito plant)

3.8 out of 5 (4 experiences)

Citronella (anti-mosquito plant) has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Citronella (anti-mosquito plant) has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Taxonomy

Pelargonium citronellum
Pelargonium
Geraniaceae
Geraniales

How to care for Citronella (anti-mosquito plant)

💦 Water

How often to water your Citronella (anti-mosquito plant)

Water needs for Citronella (anti-mosquito plant)
0.5 cups
every 9

Citronella (anti-mosquito plant) needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Citronella (anti-mosquito plant)

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Citronella (anti-mosquito plant) in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Citronella (anti-mosquito plant): 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Citronella (anti-mosquito plant) love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Citronella (anti-mosquito plant) does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Citronella (anti-mosquito plant) in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Citronella (anti-mosquito plant)

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Citronella (anti-mosquito plant): repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Citronella (anti-mosquito plant) after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Citronella (anti-mosquito plant) prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Citronella (anti-mosquito plant) Water Frequency →

Citronella (anti-mosquito plant) Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Citronella (anti-mosquito plant) requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Citronella (anti-mosquito plant) Light Requirements →

Citronella (anti-mosquito plant) Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Citronella (anti-mosquito plant) doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Citronella (anti-mosquito plant) Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Citronella (anti-mosquito plant) does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Citronella (anti-mosquito plant) →

When and How to Successfully Repot Citronella (anti-mosquito plant) →


💩 Fertilizer

Citronella (anti-mosquito plant) should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

Citronella (anti-mosquito plant) is native to Tropical and Subtropical regions worldwide.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Citronella (anti-mosquito plant)

Citronella (anti-mosquito plant)

Citronella (anti-mosquito plant)


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Citronella (anti-mosquito plant) has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Citronella (anti-mosquito plant) has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 3
Citronella (anti-mosquito plant) has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
Citronella (anti-mosquito plant) has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Anna c avatar
@Anna c
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 218 XP
11/01/2021

Large plant, really kept mosquitoes away

Jerry avatar
@Jerry
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 21 XP
globe Fort Pierce, FL
09/04/2021

Does not repel mosquitoes

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@Victorious avatar
@@Victorious
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 365 XP
07/31/2021

Great Starter plant! Great for best control!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@Victorious avatar
@@Victorious
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 365 XP
07/31/2021

A great addition to any garden and great beginner plant. Can grow in a container and helps with pest control.

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower

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