What is a citronella plant?

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The term 'citronella plant' can refer to several species of plants, generally all with the shared property of containing citronella oil, a natural mosquito repellant. Citronella oil is found in the leaves and stems of various species of the Cymbopogon (lemongrass) genus, including citronella grass and east-Indian lemongrass. Cybopogon nardus and Citronella winterianus are considered the 'true' citronella plants.

Easily grown in the milder climates of the United States, these grasses are generally sold in stores as small starter plants in pots; ready to be transplanted into larger plants or directly into the soil. In milder climates, these grasses can be planted outdoors to ward against mosquitoes. In areas where it temperatures dip dramatically during the winter, it is best to plant citronella in a large pot or planter that can be moved inside during the cold winter months.

Both cybopogon nardus and citronella winterianus are perennial, clumping grasses and can grow up to 5-6 feet in height.
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1. Dig a hole double the size of the citronella plant's current container. Plant citronella bushes in an area with at least six hours of full sun. 2. Mix 3 parts of high-quality garden
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Use as anti-repellent to mosquitoes.
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There are two possible ansers for our question. First what type of citronella are you talking about? If you are talking about the citronella bush/shrub, then you can reproduce them
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Other names for citronella are Nardus or Nard grass. It is
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How to Plant Citronella Plants
The citronella plant is actually a tropical grass that grows in a clump. Mature clumps can reach heights of 6 feet when grown within the warm soils of USDA hardiness zones 10 through 12, where it grows as a perennial. Outside these zones, citronella... More »
Difficulty: Moderate
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