How To Winterize Citronella Plants

Cover the citronella in compost or take cuttings before winter starts. Citronella is a perennial, meaning that it will live for more than 2 years. If you live in a tropical climate or an area with warm winters, you can simply cut it back and cover it with a thin layer of compost. Alternatively, you can trim the plant down and take some cuttings.

How do you take care of a citronella plant in the winter?

Since citronella prefers partial shade, find a space in your home that will provide enough sunlight to get your plants through the winter. These plants need some sunlight, but they don't require a full eight hours; if they receive direct sunlight, you must keep them watered thoroughly to survive.

Should I cut back my citronella plant?

Citronella plants can reach 2 to 4 feet (0.6 to 1 meter) in height. You can pinch back citronella to form a more compact, bushy plant. The lacey, fragrant leaves also work well in summer floral bouquets so feel free to prune often. The stems also can be cut and dried.

Can you save citronella plants over the winter?

These plants are sensitive to cold and will die if they are exposed to frost. In warm climates where frost does not occur, citronella plants can remain outdoor year-round. In colder regions, plants may be moved inside for the winter until warmer temperatures return.

Does citronella come back after winter?

Citronella Grass

It is a perennial in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 through 12. In other areas, it is grown as an annual because it dies back during winter. Citronella grass grows best in full sun and is propagated by clump division.

When should I bring my citronella plant inside?

Sometime before frost occurs, after a few weeks' time, the buried part of the stem should have rooted. Simply cut the stem off of the original plant and move your plant indoors for the winter. Place it in the sunniest window you have, and your new citronella plant will be off to a great start!

Will citronella come back every year?

An evergreen perennial in zones 9 to 11, citronella usually grows as an annual where freezing temperatures occur. In addition, the stems can become quite woody by summer's end. If you want to overwinter your plant, propagate a new one during the late summer months by layering.

How cold can citronella tolerate?

A citronella plant will do well in temperature ranges between 59 and 69 degrees Fahrenheit, which translates to ranges between 15 and 21 degrees Celsius. Any range lower than this can affect its growth.

How do you revive citronella plants?

Your citronella plants could also be dying due to lack of water. The common signs of dehydrated plants include dried-out leaves that turn brown at the tips. The soil will crack and pull away from the edges of the pot. Revive your thirsty plants by letting them soak in water for a few hours.

How long does citronella plant last?

Citronella can grow all year round in zones 9-11. That means once you plant it, you can enjoy it for years to come. If you don't live in one of these zones, don't panic. You can place planters outdoors in the summer months and bring them indoors during the winter months.

How do you care for a citronella plant outside?

Citronella Mosquito Plant likes part shade to shade. It will not grow as fast in shade. Citronella Mosquito Plant prefers moderately fertile, well-drained, soil. Fertilize it in containers with water-soluble fertilizer as part of watering it.

Can you take cuttings from a citronella plant?

Cuttings. Citronella-scented geranium is easily propagated from stem cuttings. Take the cuttings from the midsections of the stems because the stem tips are too soft and dry out easily, while the bottoms of the stems are woody and don't form roots easily.

How do you cut and replant citronella?

Can you root citronella in water?

Although it is possible to start citrosa cuttings in water, it can take a month or more to develop the little nubs that are the signal of growing roots at cutting nodes, and the risk of rot increases if water is not changed daily.

How do you care for a citronella plant indoors?

Just water them deeply when the soil dries. They do well in full or part sun. Indoor Mosquito plants should be kept near a sunny window, preferably a south or west facing window. When indoors allow the soil to dry before watering thoroughly.

Can you replant citronella plants?

In warm zones 10 and 11, replant the citronella plants 3 feet apart in the garden immediately after dividing.

Can you plant citronella plants in the ground?


Citronella is a perennial 'clumping' grass which grows to a height of 5 – 6 feet. It can be grown directly in the ground in climate zones where frost does not occur. If grown in the garden or near the patio, it should be planted in the 'background', behind small decorative flowers and shrubs.

Why is my citronella plant turning yellow?

Let the soil dry out between watering sessions so the soil does not become water logged. These plants do not tolerate overwatering. Too much water and the leaves begin to turn yellow before dropping off the stems. If unsure whether or not the mosquito plant needs water, then do not water.

Is citronella poisonous to dogs?

Citronella is toxic to pets

Citronella candles and oils are a popular mosquito repellent, but the citronella plant is toxic to pets. Use caution when using citronella products around your pet, and make sure they don't have access to any citronella plants in your garden.

Does citronella plant repel mosquitoes?

Despite the claims made on “Mosquito Plants” (lemon-scented geranium or “citronella plant”) sold at big box stores, the plants themselves don't repel mosquitoes. It's the oil inside the leaves that have properties that can repel mosquitoes. You would have to crush the leaves to extract these oils.

Can you plant citronella and lavender together?

Citronella. Citronella has long been favored as one of the most effective plants that repel mosquitoes. Outdoor candles and bug sprays are often made with its oils. You can plant citronella grass right into your garden, and optimize its efficiency by planting it near other repelling plants, like lavender.

Does citronella need sun or shade?

These plants prefer at least six hours of sunlight every day whether it is planted outside or indoors near a window but can also tolerate some partial shade. They are tolerable of a wide variety of soil as long as it's well-draining.

How do you bring a plant back to life after a freeze?

  • Get the plant to warmer temperatures as soon as you can.
  • Water right away.
  • Skip fertilizer.
  • Later, prune dead foliage.
  • Leave the plants be… for now.
  • Bring potted plants inside.
  • Are citronella plants annuals or perennials?

    Citronella geraniums will survive outdoors year-round as a perennial in USDA plant hardiness zones 9b through 11—i.e. much of the West Coast, the Southwest, and the Southeast of the United States. In other zones, they can be brought inside during the winter or left outside as an annual.

    How do I get my citronella to bloom?

    Your Citronella plants will become fuller and bushier if you prune or pinch them from time to time. We recommend you prune these shrubs in spring to give them enough time to set flower buds and blossoms. Moreover, deadheading their spent or unhealthy flowers will encourage more blooming.

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