Citronella is a citrus fruit that belongs to the ginger family, Gruit family. It has been used since ancient times for its effective insect repellent properties. This means that a garden containing citronella plants will not only deter insects from visiting your garden but also keep mosquitoes at bay. However, there are some important things that you need to know before starting to grow citronella plants. The best time to grow these plants is during the spring season.
Before you plant your first batch of citronella plants, it is better if you do a bit of research first so that you can get to know what kinds of conditions are ideal for the growth of your plants. This way you will be able to choose the best type of plants and the conditions that are ideal for each particular kind. Citronella is not sensitive to extreme temperatures and does not require constant sunshine. You can place the plants in a location that gets around seven hours of sunlight every day.
It is important to note that the leaves of the citronella plant will turn yellow as it matures. Yellow leaf plants will not taste good, but you can leave them unattended if you do not wish to use them. The leaves will soon turn dark and the plant will eventually die. Do not take too much care while handling the young leaves because they may become brittle. When you water the plant, ensure that you do so carefully avoiding your hands or clothes getting drenched in the water.
The best time to prune your young leaves is when they are around one year old. By removing all the dead and broken leaves, you will be able to allow new growth to flourish. This new growth will take up most of the vacant space. Pruning will also prevent the plants from growing bushy.
If you want to protect your plants from harsh weather conditions, you should choose a citronella plant that has been grown in a location where there is some variation in temperature. Some plants do better in hot or cold climates and some thrive better in humid conditions. The type of climate and the frequency of rainfall experienced in your area will help determine how the leaves of the plant will respond to these conditions.
Citronella plants will thrive in healthy soil with good drainage. The soil should be moist but not moist enough to drown the roots. You should also consider mulching the area around the base of the plants to help retain moisture. However, it is not a good idea to mulch the entire plant because you may end up killing all the leaves of the plant.
You will need to feed your plants on a regular basis even though they are not in flower. Feed the leaves only once a month. If you feed the leaves too often, they will get dried out and turn black. Also, do not overfeed because this can cause wilting of some leaves and leaf stalks. If your plant experiences leaf burning, it is likely that it is suffering from too much sugar.
You should try to keep citronella plants contained in containers that are as small as possible. This will ensure that they do not become wild and get into other places that they are not supposed to be. You should avoid containers that are made of porous materials like ceramic or terra cotta because they allow moisture to get through to the soil. Also, avoid plastic containers because they trap air, which can encourage the growth of bacteria. Most importantly, do not attempt to move your plants or pull them while they are growing.