LifestyleOutsmart mosquitoes with the magic of the mosquito plant

Outsmart mosquitoes with the magic of the mosquito plant

Plant a citronella in the garden. It will repel insects and arachnids.
Plant a citronella in the garden. It will repel insects and arachnids.
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9:44 AM EDT, June 4, 2024

Summer is a time for outdoor relaxation but also brings annoying mosquitoes, midges, and ticks lurking in the grass. Fortunately, there is a natural way to repel them. This plant is worth planting in your garden.

Do you dream of spending summer evenings on the balcony or terrace without being bothered by pesky mosquitoes or midges? Consider planting a plant that repels insects.

The "mosquito plant," known as Plectranthus coleoides, is an unassuming plant with remarkable insect-repelling powers. Its beautiful, colorful leaves contain substances that effectively repel mosquitoes and even ticks.

Dreaming of peaceful outdoor relaxation without annoying bites and worrying about your plants could solve your problems.

What does the mosquito plant look like?

The mosquito plant has ornamental leaves ranging from green to yellow to burgundy. Its stems are thin and drooping, making it perfect for growing in hanging pots. An additional attraction is the small, purple flowers that appear in the summer, adding charm to the plant.

Its trailing stems can reach an impressive length of up to 3 feet, creating beautiful cascades of greenery. The mosquito plant, known as the "mosquito stopper," grows quickly and pairs well with other plants in pots or the garden, such as petunias, begonias, or mini carnations.

The secret properties of the mosquito plant

The mosquito plant's secret lies in the essential oils it releases. Their intense fragrance is pleasant to humans but repels many insects. Mosquitoes, midges, and ticks avoid areas where they detect this aroma. Additionally, the "mosquito stopper" releases substances that disrupt insects' sense of orientation, making it harder for them to find a host.

In addition to its insect—and spider-repelling properties, the mosquito plant purifies the air. Its leaves can be used to prepare infusions with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects. The mosquito plant is a beautiful ornamental plant that will charm any interior or garden.

The mosquito plant is versatile and can be grown indoors and outdoors. It works well in pots on a balcony or terrace, creating a natural protective barrier against insects. It can also be planted in the garden, near areas where you like to relax. However, remember that the mosquito plant prefers semi-shaded locations and should be sheltered from the wind.

A mosquito plant will repel blackflies, ticks, and mosquitoes.
A mosquito plant will repel blackflies, ticks, and mosquitoes.© Adobe Stock

The mosquito plant is easy to grow, making it an ideal choice for those with little gardening experience. It requires regular watering but does not tolerate overwatering. The soil should be well-drained and fertile. During the growing season, ornamental plant fertilizer is worth fertilizing. The mosquito plant responds well to pruning, encouraging it to bush out.

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