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How to Propagate a Mosquito Plant

By Elizabeth Balarini ; Updated September 21, 2017

The mosquito plant--also known as the citrosa plant or mosquito geranium--is a hybrid of Chinese citronella and African geranium. The plant produces citronella oil, which is a natural mosquito repellent. The plant is a prolific grower, and home gardeners can propagate new plants from the original one with very little effort.

Clip a cutting at least 4 inches long from the mosquito plant. Use gardening shears so that the wound is smooth and clean. Make sure that there are at least three sets of leaves on the cutting.

Remove the lower set of leaves from the plant's stem. If you want to use rooting powder, dip the stem into the powder. This is optional, as mosquito plants root easily without rooting powder.

Fill a cup with damp perlite, and push the mosquito plant stem into it. Wait a few weeks to allow root systems to develop.

Fill a flower pot with high-quality potting soil. Plant the newly rooted plant cutting into the center of the soil. Water immediately, to help the roots push trapped oxygen bubbles to the surface.


Things You Will Need

  • Garden shears
  • Rooting powder (optional)
  • Perlite
  • Flower pot(s)
  • Potting soil


  • Wait until autumn to propagate a mosquito plant. Mosquito plants stand a better chance of survival if they are pruned and propagated during the months of September and October.

About the Author


Elizabeth Balarini is a freelance writer and professional blogger who began writing professionally in 2006. Her work has been published on several websites. Her articles focus on where her passions lie: writing, web development, blogging, home and garden, and health and wellness. Balarini majored in English at the University of Texas at San Antonio.