Citronella grass (Cymbopogon nardus or Cymbopogon winterianus) is popular for its insect repelling properties. It’s relatively easy to take care of and doesn’t need much attention. They’re highly adaptable to different weather conditions as well. Do not confuse with Lemongrass as they only look similar. But they do belong to the same family! This is also different from the Citronella Geranium with ruffled leaves.
- Plant height: 7 to 12 inches
- Pot diameter: 3 to 5 inches
We also recommend putting herbs like Citronella Grass in our cocopots as they thrive well in them too.
History & Health Benefits
This outdoor plant in the Philippines is native to the tropics and subtropics of Southeast Asia. They’ve also spread throughout tropical America, and are highly cultivated for their essential oils. Said oils are used to make cosmetics and cleaning products, candles, and more. While countries like Indonesia use it as a spice for their dishes.
Herbal uses of this herb include aiding migraines and reducing fever. It’s also anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal. It’s important to know that its insect repelling compound comes from the plant’s oils.
This outdoor plant for sale in Manila thrives best outdoors in direct sunlight or partial shade. If indoors, place them somewhere near a window. Watering should be done once every day as well, or twice on a hot day. This herb likes moist soil. It’s a go signal to water them once the top 1 to 2 inches of the soil has dried out already.
Dig up 2 to 3 inches of healthy roots. Make sure to cut straight where it’s connected to the plant parent. Afterward, pot the root cutting straight into lightweight soil. Make sure to place them in a bright area and keep the soil moist. You’ll know if your propagation is successful once it sprouts new growth!