Growing Citrosa Geranium ~~ Is It Really a Mosquito Repellent Plant ?
Since I first wrote this article, I have seen many of these very same plants growing in the yards of friends and family as well as near libraries and other public buildings.
At this time I do not have one. But as soon as I move to my new location in a few months I will plant several. I was never sure how much good they really did but I have become enchanted by the way they look in a pot or in the yard and the fragrance is intoxicating.
If you do not have one you may wish to consider purchasing one. It is low maintenance and may keep the pesky bugs at bay.
Mosquitoes remind us that we are not as high up on the food chain as we think.— Tom Wilson
Living in Florida has many perks. Most of us are not too far the ocean the gulf, lakes, or springs no matter where live. Beaches abound. Warm weather is abundant most of the year…and yes, it does get HOT and we whine when it does. Because of the warm climate however outdoor activities are favored and many of us forsake the air conditioner and find ourselves outside working in our gardens, reading a book, going for walks, playing games.
The downside to being outside particularly in the summer is there are an abundance of biting insects that call the outdoors home and enjoy a great deal snacking on the fleshy beings that join them in their habitat. One of the most abundant of these insects is one that needs to introduction: the mosquito.
When I step outside, the Headmaster of the Mosquitoes, announces loudly:
"Hey fellas and gals, she is out here. It is a buffet. Come on over there!!" There is no escaping at least one bite even with repellant spray applied.
Remove leaves from lower portion of the stem
Rain + more rain= mosquitoes
This year the mosquitoes are abundant because in our area we have had more rain than we have had in several years and it is welcome. My plants love it and are happy happy.
These mosquitoes this year are large and their bite is more of a sting than a ‘hit and run’ bite that I have felt from other mosquitoes. Wearing and armor of bug spray, hoping it is not too toxic, I head outside.
Two steps you can try to take are:
Try to avoid having containers on your property that will collect water;
If you do, empty any them so they do not provide breeding grounds for these insects
Which mosquito repellant plant have you planted in your yard?
Do they work?
There are a number of plants that are said to repel these pests. Their effectiveness is questionable. Some individuals who have planted them report little or no effectiveness by using them and others swear by them.
If you plant one of these plants that are said to be mosquito repellent, I would imagine that the effectiveness would be negligible. On the flip side, planting large numbers of them may just serve as an effective deterrent. It is certainly worth a shot.
Dip bottom portion of stem in rooting hormone
- Choose healthy cuttings to use to begin new plants
- Keep soil moist during growth period.
What you will need
- Pots, clay, wood, glass, or plastic, round or rectangular
- potting soil
- gardening shears
- citrosa geranium to make cuttings from
- rooting hormone if desired
Five weeks later, 5 new, healthy plants just repotted today
Other plants known as mosquito repellant....
What you to do
- Select a portion of your Citrosa Gernamium that is healthy.
- Cut off several sections of the plant where there is a healthy stem using gardening shears.
- Carefully remove any leaves at the bottom about 3 inches of the plant.
- Dip in rooting hormone.
- Place in prepared soil.
- Moisten well daily if soil seems to be drying out.
- Allow to root and then you can move to pots or to your flower bed.
A story with a moral appended is like the bite of a mosquito. It bores
you, and then injects a stinging drop to irritate your conscience.— William Sydney Porter
Mixed reports on effectiveness of these plants
In this video there is a brief discussion of the effectiveness of planting a mosquito plant in your yard. An alternative to the mosquito plant is use of lemon grass. The speaker in this video suggests rubbing lemon grass on your skin to repel mosquitoes.
Even if you find these plants are not repelling mosquitoes they are still attractive and add their fragrance to your yard.
© 2013 Patricia Scott