Citronella geranium, also called mosquito plant, can tolerate relatively dry soil and needs about 6 hours of sunlight every day. While it can withstand partial shade, the plant stretches and falls over if it doesn't get enough sun. Citronella can live in many well-drained soils, but grows best in moderately rich, moderately moist soil. To encourage new growth, prune citronella by pinching it back.Continue Reading
Citronella is hardy in temperate zones 9-11, even outside in the summer. Stems can also get woody during summer, but layering by bending a stem and sticking it into the soil of a new pot can grow a new plant. Bring plants inside before the first frost of the year, as citronella is sensitive to cold. In warmer areas, established, pruned plants can overwinter outside. Citronella grows well indoors as long as it gets enough sun and water. Indoor plants need only occasional feeding with an all-purpose plant food.
Expect lavender blooms and a light fragrance that complements the scents of other flowers during the summer. Although its common name is mosquito plant, there is some debate about the ability of citronella to repel mosquitoes. There is some evidence, however, that rubbing crushed leaves on the skin may keep mosquitoes away.Learn more about Outdoor Plants & Flowers
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Indoor mums require bright, indirect sunlight for the entire day, and outdoor mums should receive five hours of morning sun, followed by shade in the afternoon. Avoid extreme temperatures, keeping their climate between 70 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Bring mums indoors to avoid winter frost and on hot summer days.Full Answer >
To successfully grow a piggyback plant, provide moist soil, in a humid location with indirect sunlight, then propagate the leaves to form a new plant, and re-pot the adult plant in the spring. The conditions required to care for a piggyback plant can be difficult to maintain, but in good environments the plants live for up to two years. Aside from allowing the plant to grow with time, the maintenance steps should only take a few minutes.Full Answer >