Growing Mosquito Repellent Plants

Citronella Geranium
(Pelargonium graveolens Citrosa)mosquito-plant-citronella

  • Type:Tender perennial
  • Planting time:Spring, after the last frost
  • Features:Strongly lemon-scented leaves
  • Light:Part shade
  • Soil:Light, well drained, on the dry side
  • Spacing:18 to 24 inches
  • Plant size:24 to 36 inches tall
  • Garden use:Herb garden, flower border, containers

A scented geranium is a great patio plant, especially in containers. Do not over-fertilize because too much nitrogen reduces leaf fragrance. Sometimes called citronella, but actually a citrus-scented geranium. For natural insect repellent, place them near a gate or path where you brush against the leaves as you walk by, or in a pot where children can rub the leaves to enjoy their fragrance. Plants are vigorous growers and drought tolerant. Move indoors before frost.

Cymbopogon citratus

  • Type:Tender perenniallemongrass1
  • Planting time:Spring, after the last frost
  • Features:Strongly lemon-scented leaves
  • Light:Full sun
  • Soil:Loves very well drained soil
  • Spacing:18 to 24 inches
  • Plant size:24 to 36 inches tall
  • Garden use: Herb garden, grassy look in summer gardens, containers

Lemongrass is a tropical herb packed with strong citrus flavor. The lemon taste is prized in Asian cooking, as well as in teas, sauces, and soups. In the garden, lemongrass forms a tall, grassy clump 3 to 5 feet tall. Its appearance rivals that of many ornamental grasses and can easily fulfill a similar role in the landscape.

Grow lemongrass as an annual in planting beds or tucked into pots. This citrus-flavored grass overwinters well in a dormant state in a cool, dark spot indoors, or you can grow it as an indoor herb through winter in colder zones.

Harvest lemongrass for its bulbous stem bases, rich with lemony flavor, or clip leaves for infusing tea and soup stock. Lemongrass thrives in full sun, even in hot Southern locations. Give this herb rich, well-drained soil. Amend planting holes with composted manure to improve fertility and enhance the soil’s ability to hold water. If you’re adding several lemongrass plants to planting beds, space plants 24 inches apart.

Provide a steady supply of moisture for best growth—don’t let lemongrass roots dry out. Fertilize plants during the growing season every couple of weeks.

Plant lemongrass in a large pot that is at least 12 inches across, or use a 5-gallon bucket. Be sure to use a premium quality potting soil when growing lemongrass. Lemongrass grows tall, and pots can easily tip in windy weather, so place containers in a slightly protected location.                                                                                     Info provided by Bonnie Plant Farm

More Mosquito Repellent Plants To Consider
Basil Not only can you plant basil to keep the mosquitoes away, you can also use the leaves in your cooking. The pungent smell the basil leaves give off will also keep flies and other pests at bay.

Lavender This plant is part of the mint family, which is probably what helps make it a wonderful bug repellant. It is easy to grow and very hardy.



  1. These are great plants to have around your home to repel mosquitoes! Thanks for sharing!

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