Bees are not so bad – they pollenate our flowers and plants and because of them we have yummy honey. Bees keep our environment buzzing (no pun intended!). I’ve also talked about how we actually do need wasps, as mean as they are. They eat pests that munch on our crops when no other bug will. I’d much rather have wasps do the job than pesticides, don’t you agree? But we sure don’t want the wasps flying around when we are eating outside or playing with our kids. Let’s find out what the best wasp repellent plants are to include in our landscaping that look nice and also keep those nasty wasps away. I will go for natural pest control any day.
The Best Wasp Repellent Plants
These are a few of the very best wasp repellent plants that are easy to take care of and keep the mean bugs from stinging our families.
Unlike bees, wasps can sting repeatedly.
This is one of my favorites because it smells good and it’s so easy to grow. But be advised to grow it away from other plants or grow it in a pot due to its invasive, spreading rhizomes. You can also dig a hole in the ground and put the pot with the bottom cut out in the ground to keep the herb from spreading.
Spearmint prefers partial shade, but can flourish in full sun to mostly shade with well-draining, rich, moist soil and a pH of 6.5 to 7. Mint is easiest to grow from plants, but you can sow seed once the ground has warmed in the spring.
Thyme is a perennial that pretty much grows itself. In fact, the more you fuss with it, the less hardy it will be. Thyme is most fragrant and flavorful when grown in dry, lean soil in full sun.
Too much moisture will rot the plants. Allow soil to go completely dry between watering, then soak thoroughly.
Plant eucalyptus in mid to late spring or fall, depending on your location and climate. Be sure to water the tree both before and after planting. Dig the hole slightly larger than the root ball, and take care with the tree’s roots during planting, as they do not like being disturbed. There’s no need to spread out the roots while planting, as this could damage their sensitive root system. Back fill the area and lightly tamp the soil to remove any air pockets.
Lemongrass will need a lot of nitrogen, so you should fertilize at least monthly with either a standard or high-nitrogen formula. Water your plant regularly and don’t let it completely dry out, especially when the weather is very hot.
Once your plant gets to 3 feet or so in height, you may want to keep the tops of the leaves cut down even more than what you are taking for an actual harvest. This can help keep the size of the plant down.
While inside, a lemongrass plant needs as much sun as you can offer with a minimum of 6 hours a day. It may thrive as an indoor-only plant but you won’t get as many stalks from it.
Pennyroyal features rounded, bushy, purple flowers and small oval-shaped leaves running down brown stems. It deters wasps, chiggers, mosquitoes, fleas and ticks.
Pennyroyal can be propagated from seed, cuttings or spring division. The seed needs light to germinate but grows quickly once it sprouts. Plant them in prepared seed beds outside after all danger of frost. Sow the seed on the surface of the soil and mist the bed to moisten it. Keep it moist and germination should occur in two weeks. European pennyroyal makes a wonderful trailing plant when grown in a hanging basket or at the edges of mixed color containers. American pennyroyal can be grown indoors in troughs or outside in the kitchen garden.