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Citronella - Plant

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Citronella is a perennial 'clumping' grass which grows to a height of five to six feet. It can be grown directly in the ground in any climate where frost does not occur and it flourishes when receiving direct sunlight.

In northern climate zones, people often grow citronella in a large pots that they bring indoors for winter.
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Description for Citronella

Citronella oil is one of the essential oils obtained from the leaves and stems of different species of Cymbopogon. The oil is used extensively as a source of perfumery chemicals such as citronellal, citronellol, and geraniol.

Common nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
Horse balmLight yellowAugust to September2.00 to 4.00 feetModerately easy

Planting and care

  • Mosquito plant is actually a scented geranium.
  • The plant produces a pretty pinkish colored blooms in summer.
  • Plant in spring after the danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed, about the same time you plant tomatoes.
  • Select a location with a little afternoon shade, and space plants 18 to 24 inches apart.
  • In early spring, a new plant can be propagated by splitting large clumps into smaller sections and replanting them in pots or other areas of the garden.
  • SunlightSoilWaterTemperatureFertilizer
    Full sun/Partial sunWell-drained soilKeep soil moist throughout the growing season27/21° or 32/27°CApply any organic fertilizer

    Caring for Citronella

    • Mosquito plant is actually a scented geranium.
    • The plant produces a pretty pinkish colored blooms in summer.
    • Plant in spring after the danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed, about the same time you plant tomatoes.
    • Select a location with a little afternoon shade, and space plants 18 to 24 inches apart.

    Typical uses of Citronella

    Special features: Best grown in woodland, native plant or wildflower gardens.

    Culinary use: NA

    Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose. Can be kept indoor in living room and in terrace area.

    Medicinal use: NA

    References

      https://bonnieplants.com http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/
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