Plant is a genetically engineered geranium hybrid with a unique characteristic:
it repels mosquitoes! It is easily grown as a potted patio plant, and easily
enjoyed for its attractive foliage and sweet lemony scent, as well as for its
mosquito repelling powers. It produces a leafy, attractive, foot-tall plant during
its first season.
Plant was created by a Dutch botanist, who genetically incorporated traits
of the Chinese citronella grass into a scented African geranium. The resulting
cultivar still had the growth and habit of the geranium, and its sweet lemony
citronella scent. Citronella is the substance in citronella candles, which have
long been used to deter mosquitoes. It doesn't harm them, but they don't like
citronella and avoid it. It is most effective as a repellent if you crush a few
leaves and rub them on your skin. This releases the citronella and a sweet perfume.
Like most geraniums, the Mosquito Plant is normally potted and grown outdoors
during the warm season (after last and before first frosts). During the colder
seasons the plants can be wintered-over indoors. In the warmer southern zones Mosquito
Plants can be grown outdoors year-round where the plants can reach a mature
size of 3 to 4 feet high and wide.
Planting and Care:
New plants can be potted in a 4-inch or larger pot. Or they can be grouped in
a patio planter spaced a foot apart. Use any potting soil recommended for geraniums.
Keep watered and occasionally feed with a soluble plant food, as you would any
potted plant. Mosquito Plants like full sun, but do well in partial shade. In
the fall, you can move the plants indoors to enjoy as houseplants, or winter
them over with your other geraniums in a heated garage, near a window or under
During the summer, put potted plants on patio tables and near lounges to keep
mosquitoes at bay. For even more protection, crush and rub the leaves on your
skin for a sweet, natural perfume that bugs mosquitoes.