Here’s how to grow plants that repel mosquitoes

A member of the geraniaceae family, Pelargonium citronellum is a mosquito repellent plant with the scent of citronella in its foliage. When a leaf is crushed and rubbed on the skin, it feels wonderfully good and helps to repel mosquitoes naturally. (The plant itself does not prevent mosquitoes, it is necessary to rub the leaves). Although the mosquito repellent is not as effective as the use of repellent spray, the plant works more environmentally friendly and less harmful to the skin, and when you grow in your garden, it is always handy.
Growing to a height of 60cm, Pelargoniums can be used as a summer border.

Pelargonium citronellum, an anti-mosquito plant is actually a fragrant geranium. The plant produces pretty pink flowers in summer.
Plant in the spring after the danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed up well as you plant tomatoes. Select a spot with a little shade in the afternoon and space the plants 40 cm apart.

Although these mosquito-resistant plants are tolerant to a wide range of well-drained soils, moderately rich moist soil will produce a better growth result. Good news for gardeners in drought-prone areas: Pelargonium citronellum is relatively tolerant of summer stress.

pelargonium citronellum anti-mosquito potLe Pelargonium is a perennial evergreen plant, its stems can become quite woody at the end of summer. If you want to winter your plant, spread a new plant during the late summer by sleeping. Place a pot filled with soil next to your big plant. Gently bend a stem (still attached to the large plant) to the pot, taking care not to break it. Bury the stem aside at a point where a leaf is attached, keeping the growing tip uncovered. Place a stone or piece of brick on the buried stem to hold it in place. After a few weeks, the roots will emerge from the stem and grow in the soil. At the end of the season (and before the frost), cut the stem that comes from the mother plant and move the new and young plant indoors for the winter.

Maintenance of Pelargonium:
You will know if a plant does not have enough light as it will spread and fall. Keep this in mind to give it more sun next year, then reduce the branches too long to give it back its shape.

The harvest:
The mosquito plant has an aroma of lemongrass that is released when you scrub the leaves. The leaves have a pretty fringed shape.
The scent of lemongrass comes from the leaves of the plant. Rub the leaves to release the smell. The leafy shape of the leaves, along with the scent, make it a pleasant addition to floral arrangements.

Plants respond well to size, so do not be afraid to cut branches for inclusion in summer bouquets, especially if you dine outdoors. The scent will be a welcome addition, mixing with more floral scents. In addition, the way the leaves are attached to the stem will allow to hold other flowers in place in the vase. Then you just take a leaf and rub it against your skin to prevent the mosquitoes come to bother you.

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