The citronella plant is a flowering plant that is commonly used in gardens and around the home. It is often used to repel insects, such as mosquitoes and flies. The citronella plant can also be used in many different ways, such as in cooking and making candles. However, if you live in an area where winter temperatures are particularly cold, you may want to know how to keep your citronella plant alive during the colder months.
In order to keep your citronella plant alive during the winter months, you will need to take some precautions when it comes to watering it. You will need to water it only once every three days or so during this time of year because overwatering can cause root rot or even kill your plant entirely by disrupting its natural growth cycle.
In addition, try not to remove any dead leaves or flowers from your plant unless they are obviously damaged or diseased due to disease or pests; otherwise, it will disrupt its natural lifecycle and could eventually kill it completely over time (e.g., if all of its flowers suddenly die-off).
Citronella is a beautiful and fragrant plant that produces citronella oil, which can help repel mosquitoes. It’s a useful plant to have around, but as winter approaches, it may be hard to keep alive. Use these tips to help your plant survive the cold climate or harsh winters.
Bring it inside
- Don’t bring your citronella plant inside until the last frost date of the year in your area.
- If it is too big, don’t bring it inside.
- If it is diseased or under stress from lack of water or sun, don’t bring it inside.
- If you have a potted plant with no drainage hole, don’t bring it inside unless you have some kind of way to keep moisture from building up around the roots (for example by placing gravel at the bottom of a big plastic tub).
Place it in a pot
If you want to keep your citronella plant alive and thriving, then you’ll need to give it the right conditions. If you live in a colder climate, it’s important that the plant is able to withstand freezing temperatures without losing too many leaves or roots. However, if you live in an area with warm winters and hot summers (like me), then this process may not be necessary for your specific climate.
The first step is choosing a pot that is large enough for your plant and has drainage holes at the bottom so excess moisture can drain out of the soil instead of building up around its roots. The second step is using potting mix that drains well so there isn’t too much water sitting around for long periods of time which could potentially cause root rot or other complications like mold growth on top surfaces (which we’ll touch upon later). The third step involves choosing a dark-colored container because light from windowsills tends to reflect off white containers into nearby areas rather than being absorbed by plants/soil—resulting in healthier looking green leaves! Finally, make sure your pot fits nicely inside whatever room space it needs access t
Put it under direct sunlight
You should definitely put your citronella plant in a sunny spot. This is because the plant needs direct sunlight to grow and thrive, and it cannot survive in dimly lit areas.
You should also keep the citronella away from drafts, heaters, air conditioners and windows. Drafts can cause the leaves to dry out quickly; if you place your plant near an open window or door where there are heavy gusts of wind then it will also be exposed to excessive cold temperatures which could cause damage to its growth as well as its overall health.
Check for pests
Check your plant for signs of disease or pests. Prune away dead leaves and branches, as well as any that are moldy. If there are any holes in the stem or trunk of your citronella plant, you may need to pot it into a larger container. This is because these bugs like to burrow inside trees and plants. Citronella plants are also susceptible to scale insects such as mealybugs and whiteflies, who lay their eggs under the surface of leaves causing them to turn yellow and fall off prematurely, which can kill your plant if left untreated for too long.
Let it acclimate to the cold
If the plant has never been exposed to the cold, then it is a good idea to acclimate them before putting them outside. To do this, you should place your plants outside in a shady area for several hours at first. Once they have adjusted to the temperature change and feel comfortable where they are, move them into direct sunlight for a few hours until they are no longer shivering or feeling cold. If there is any doubt as to whether or not your plant has acclimated properly, take it back inside for another day or two until it feels comfortable being out in the open air.
It’s best to keep your plants indoors during the winter
If you want your citronella plant to survive the winter, it’s best to keep it indoors. The plant is best suited for low-light conditions, so don’t be afraid of putting it in a dark corner of your home. It will thrive there!
Citronella plants are tropical perennials that grow in warm climates and need full sunlight or partial shade outdoors. They prefer humid environments with high temperatures ranging from 65°F (18°C) to 85°F (29°C). In addition, they require moist soil but should not be allowed to sit in water since this can cause root rot—this means that you should always check the soil before watering again.
Citronella plants are fragrant and beautiful, but they fade indoors during the winter months. There are a few things you can do to keep your plant healthy when the temperatures drop. If you have trouble keeping a citronella plant alive through the cold winter, we recommend using grow lights or putting them outside under cover so they can get enough sunlight.