The summer season is a reason, for many people, for happiness, since the holidays are coming, it's sunny, it's hot, but above all you can rest.
The only negative aspect that can disturb the domestic peace many times and even some holidays is represented by mosquitoes, especially in the course of the evening, when the climatic conditions do nothing but favor the proliferation of these small and annoying insects, which cause itching with their stings.
Many times we look for even imaginative remedies, in addition to traditional ones, such as insecticides and other products to keep these insects away, but often we are not aware of the fact that an excellent anti-mosquito action can also be carried out by a plant from apartment and, among others, carnivorous plants are certainly one of the most interesting alternatives.
Carnivorous plants represent a danger only for all those animals that have dimensions that do not go beyond those of our fingernails: they are plant species that organize traps, capturing extremely small insects and other invertebrates and, through them, are able to find the sustenance to live.
Often, so they are also recommended because they are able to catch mosquitoes, but how do they do it?
Some carnivorous plants have leaves with a snare trap and, through the scent of them, they do nothing but attract the insect and then capture it once it is carelessly positioned inside the leaf, where it will remain stuck on a typically sticky surface .
Other carnivorous plants have the particular characteristic of capturing prey by means of a container trap, inside which we find an enormous quantity of digestive liquid: this category includes sarracenia, nepenthe and darlingtonia.
In order to keep carnivorous plants always in perfect shape and ensure optimal protection against mosquitoes, it is essential to pay attention to the soil in which they are kept.
In fact, the soil must always be rather humid and distilled rainwater must be used (it is the best solution), even if there are alternatives, while the use of tap water is to be excluded, due to the excessive presence of chlorine.
It is not necessary to use fertilizer inside the soil, but an extremely important operation is that, instead, relating to repotting, which must take place during the spring season, at a frequency of about twenty-four months.
To carry out the repotting of carnivorous plants we recommend the use of acid blonde sphagnum peat, which represents an ideal solution compared to traditional soil.
Much talked about but ultimately little known, we are talking about carnivorous plants.
Plants that are often associated with inadequate and completely incorrect adjectives and characteristics. In this article we will try to clarify this issue, delving into the main species and how to take care of them.
You are therefore curious to find out everything about the world of carnivorous plants? This is the article for you.
Carnivorous plants are very often also called insectivores, this is because these particular plants feed mainly on insects that they are able to capture through their particular structure.
But let's not forget that questand they are herbaceous. Carnivorous plants feed through the digestion of insects and arthropods. Therefore, thanks to three simple steps, such as: attraction, capture and digestion these plants are able to supply their organism with the elements necessary for their needs.
What is the reason for this rare and particular feature?
What makes other common plants capable of performing these completely anomalous functions is their adaptation in the past to extreme habitats.
Carnivorous plants in fact, in ancient times were settled in territories very hostile to life and in territories lacking essential nutritional elements. Because of this, these plants have developed this amazing insect-catching ability.
There are many species of carnivorous plants today, there are more than 600, but in this article we will focus on 3 important plants that can be grown directly in our home.
The Drosera Capensis
It is known as the passive carnivorous plant par excellence. Its particular activity consists in capturing its prey through the leaves. The latter succeed in this process because they are capable of secreting a viscous and sticky liquid produced by the hairs present on the surface of the leaves.
Insects that come into contact with the plant stick to it, remaining then trapped and unable to free themselves. The leaves then close and suck the insects involved.
The size of the plant is limited, in fact we are talking about plants that reach a maximum of ten cm in height and therefore useful if we want to place them on some shelf or empty space in the house.
The Dionaea Muscipula
Among the main carnivorous plants that we can safely keep and take care of in our home we find the Dionaea Muscipula. This is among the most famous and easy to care for carnivorous plants, as well as the most common.
This too, like the previous one, it never reaches an excessive height.
Its leaves are weighted as real "mouths". These are able to carry out this activity thanks to the bristles placed on the leaves that have the ability to be sensitive.
When the insect lands on it, these are stimulated and literally manage to open up to swallow the predator.
Lto Sarracenia Purpurea
This carnivorous plant is known unlike the others not for its fame but for its immense power. Furthermore, unlike the two plants described above, which were considered to be of limited size, this one also reaches 80 cm in height and certainly does not go unnoticed.
Compared to the two carnivorous plants we have described, this is definitely more than just furniture, in fact it produces beautiful and equally useful flowers.
The insects that approach the plant are attracted by a substance that produces the plant itself and which it uses as a "bait". This substance produces a strange effect on insects, which find themselves poisoned. At this point the insects are eithernever been caught and "eaten" by the plant.
Carnivorous plants are not easy to maintain and therefore require assistance and a continuous vision. However, it is important that when you decide to cultivate a species you are informed of the characteristics and needs of the individual plant, as these differ greatly from one to the other.
In general, however, there are some standard precautions for all species.
Carnivorous plants actually can't stand direct sun, for this reason it is advisable to choose a position suitable for this condition.
Watering must also be constant and abundant but paying particular attention to water stagnation. So beware of water stagnation, carnivorous plants can't stand them!
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Now that you are convinced, it is fair to remember that plants with anti-mosquito properties are different, each with its own fragrance, its colors and its cultivation needs. For this reason, before buying one, we advise you to think carefully about which one you like best, which one requires more assistance, which one looks best in your garden or on your balcony.
To allow you to choose the ones that best suit your case and those that best reflect your wishes, here is one complete list with the most known and effective anti-mosquito plants.
THE Geraniums I'm widespread flowers on the balconies and terraces of many houses, perhaps even in yours. Colorful and fragrant, geraniums are plants notoriously easy to grow. What you may not know is that their smell is a powerful natural repellent against mosquitoes and midges, to the point that some have renamed geraniums. "Mosquitaway". Therefore, if you are among the few who do not have them yet, run and buy at least one jar!
This plant, which has always been known and highly appreciated by all for its delicate scent and the beautiful ones purple hues of its flowers, it also has valuable anti-mosquito properties. Its scent, extremely pleasant for people to the point that it is used in many soaps and fabric softeners, keeps mosquitoes away. If you choose the Lavender, buy Lavandula Hybrida, better known as "Lavandin", which is the most fragrant.
Lavender is one of the most beautiful and fragrant anti-mosquito plants.
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Native to the regions of South Asia but perfectly able to adapt to temperate climates, this plant reaches one meter in height and its leaves produce a strong scent similar to that of lemon (in English it is known as Lemongrass) that keeps away mosquitoes and other insects. Not surprisingly from the Lemongrass essential oils are extracted and used to compose the famous candles that light up on summer evenings to keep insects away.
Lemongrass essential oil is used in candles that light up to keep mosquitoes away from outdoor dinners.
There calendula, already known for its soothing properties to the point of being present in many skin creams and ointments, it is also an excellent ally in the fight against mosquitoes. Its brightly colored flowers and shades ranging from gold to red, passing through orange, in fact produce a very intense smell, which seems to have a repellent effect against mosquitoes and also other insects, including parasites. . For this reason, calendula is sometimes used in the garden between crops, as a natural pesticide. It is also convenient to grow in pots, perhaps on the balcony of the house (it prefers full sun exposure, but beware of night frosts) or even directly at home, as long as its strong smell does not bother you too.
Let's say immediately that it is not the real incense (the one used in the church) because that is produced starting from the oily resin of the Boswellia sacra. Instead, the botanical name of this plant is Plectranthus coleoides and is known as Incense plant or False incense because it produces a very similar smell to it. Furthermore, the scent of its leaves is annoying for mosquitoes.
This plant manages to repel mosquitoes thanks to catalpolo, a substance present in the leaves that is imperceptible to the smell of man but harmful to insects. Its repellent action has an effectiveness that extends for a radius approximately double that of its foliage. Being able to reach a maximum height of about 4-5 meters, the Catalpa it is highly recommended for use in the garden, especially if you want to enrich it with the beautiful white flowers that it will show from May to July.
There Catambra is a plant native to Boreal America, which has ended up on everyone's lips in recent years by virtue of studies according to which it has a content of 4 times higher catalpole to other plants of its species, which makes it one of the best plants that can be used against mosquitoes, probably the mosquito repellent plant par excellence. Available in different sizes and therefore adaptable for both indoor and outdoor use, it does not require pruning, but it does not even bloom.
Catambra is the plant with the most powerful repellent effect against mosquitoes.
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Here is a video presentation of the Catambra:
Mostly known for its healing powers with respect to respiratory problems (such as sore throats), the plant of Eucalyptus (botanical name Eucalyptus) is also an excellent ally in the fight against mosquitoes: the scent of its leaves acts as a repellent and keeps many insects away. Since this plant can grow up to 25 meters in height, it is recommended to use it exclusively in large gardens, together with constant pruning in the spring, which will allow you to control its size.
The Basil it is one of the most used aromatic herbs in the kitchen, but also a plant with an effective anti-mosquito action. This double utility, together with the ease of cultivation, makes basil a perfect plant to keep in a pot on the balcony, perhaps near the windows, in order to ward off mosquitoes and to always have its fragrant and delicious leaves at hand. for an express sauce.
Staying on the subject of aromatic plants that are used in the kitchen but which also possess anti-mosquito properties, we cannot fail to mention the very good Rosemary. This plant can be comfortably grown in a pot on the balcony, while those who have a garden (and a little patience) can prune it properly to create a small hedge, near the place where you eat, in order to have a real barrier against mosquitoes.
Rosemary hedge is perfect for a mosquito-fighting barrier
Among the herbs used to flavor our dishes, also the Mint it is an excellent natural repellent against mosquitoes, since it manages to keep them away with its scent., much appreciated in the kitchen. For this reason it is ideal to create, on the balcony or in a specific area of the garden, a small area of anti-mosquito aromatic herbs, so as to also have many table spices at hand.
Another plant effective against mosquitoes is the Lantana, which produces flowers with warm and delicate shades. It is a plant that adapts well both indoors and outdoors (better to keep it in pots if you live in a cold area, so you can move it indoors in case of frost). Be careful though because the Lantana it is not a plant for use in the kitchen, because if ingested it can be toxic.
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Don't expect miracles though! Placing a couple of plants from this list on the balcony or in the garden will do little or nothing, as a barrier against mosquitoes. If you don't want them at home, the best solution is to install mosquito nets, while if you want to drive them away from the terrace or the garden, remember that the most important measure against mosquitoes is prevention.
These are the best known and most effective mosquito repellent plants. Do you use any or do you know others? Tell us in the comments and we will put them in the list!
1 - NATURAL ANTI-MOSQUITO ACTION
It will seem obvious, but we want to remember: plants are a natural remedy and therefore are not toxic either for people, nor for animals, or for the environment in general.
2 - PERFUME
All these plants, and in particular some of their flowers, have a variety of intense and often pleasant scents, which can give a touch of personality to your evenings in the garden or on the terrace.
3 - COLORS
Many of these plants, such as geraniums and lavender, also boast beautifully colored flowers, some in strong colors, others more delicate. What if, in addition to chasing away mosquitoes, these plants were able to further embellish the chromatic effects of your balcony or garden?
4 - HOBBY
If you have a passion for gardening, growing these plants will give great satisfaction to your talent and commitment.
5 - BEAUTIFUL FIGURE
Your collection of mosquito repellent plants will allow you to make a great impression with friends and family. Everyone will ask you how you did it, why you chose those plants and not others, they will compliment you and want to be advised.
In the summer, mosquitoes are everyone's torment, especially for those who live surrounded by nature. A flowered balcony or a garden in front of the house is enough to find yourself immediately attacked by these insects. There are many repellent products on the market, but these are chemical solutions that are harmful to our health and that of humans. For this you could opt for anti mosquito plants to grow directly in the garden.
Among the best known anti mosquito plants we certainly find lemongrass. This evergreen plant has such a pungent odor that it manages to cover that of the human body, so mosquitoes do not sense our presence. Lemongrass, appearing in the form of characteristic blades of grass, should be planted behind flowers or ornamental plants, thus making the garden even more pleasant.
Marigolds are also very popular as anti mosquito plants. With their colorful flowers they can revive lawns and shrubs, as well as keep mosquitoes and parasites away. Their repellent effect is given by a substance called pyrethrum. Another scent not loved by mosquitoes is that of lavender: choose the Lavandula Hybrida species, with a particularly strong fragrance.
If you have a green thumb and are also experts in pruning, you can try your hand at growing eucalyptus. This plant grows very tall and needs constant attention and care, so it turns out to be one of the most demanding among the various anti mosquito plants. It can reach up to twenty meters in six or seven years and is an evergreen plant with flowers grouped in small buds.
To close the series of anti mosquito plants, we cannot fail to mention also rosemary, among the most used aromatic herbs also in the kitchen. Flowering occurs in summer and tends to develop like a bush. Its view in the garden is very pleasant and it can also be pruned as if it were a small hedge. Its small flowers in shades of purple and lilac bring color and liveliness, as well as act as repellent for mosquitoes.