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Stop Mosquitoes With a Citronella Scented Geranium


Do Scented Geraniums Repel Mosquitoes?

Citronella scented geranium

Scented geraniums are delightful plants to have around, because the ornamental foliage has a pleasing fragrance. Scents include mint, pine, rose, nutmeg and lemon. The leaves release their lovely scent when brushed or touched, so grow your scented geranium on the porch or in a window box for a quick whiff.

Burpee offers a citronella scented geranium that promises to keep pesky mosquitoes away from your backyard barbecue. Reviewers rave, giving the plants 5 stars, saying the plants were healthy and lush, with true mosquito-repelling power. (Psst—need more bug-repelling plants? Try growing nasturtiums!) One verified purchaser says, “No matter which way the breeze was flowing, the bugs just stayed away.” Another mentioned that the plants also produce small pinkish-purple flowers.

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Care and Growing Tips

  • Common name: Scented geranium
  • Scientific name: Pelargonium spp.
  • Zones: Annual
  • Light needs: Full Sun
  • Soil: Moist, well-draining

Like other geraniums, these plants grow well in containers with well-draining potting soil. Place them in full sun and admire their fast-growing, fragrant foliage all…

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