does anyone grow citronella geranium plants?
i bought one this past spring when i picked up my tomatoes and peppers for the garden, and it's really an amazing plant.
it's a small, thick, curly leaved bush that has a really pleasent lemony smell. actually, it smells a lot like those ant-mosquito candles, but nicer. the oil that is used in candles is from a grass, not this plant, so technically this is not really citronella.
still, the amazing thing is that it works better than the candles. the aroma that i gives off can be detected upwards of 20 feet away (of course my neighbors smelled it and commented that they have better smelling versions in macedonia
), and i haven't noticed a mosquito by the patio all year.
as soon as i go about 40 feet away from the patio, into my veggie garden, you get swarmed by mosquitos. this thing really works!!!
in fact, i was getting eaten allive one afternoon by the little bloodsuckers, so i brushed my arms and legs against the plant, and rubbed some on my hands and neck. the mosquitos that were swarming just a few minutes before were now gone! a few still came in for an attack, but eventually went away.
i was wondering if anyone has ever grown these, and if so, had success in over-wintering them indoors?