Share and Learn - how useful are insect repellant plants?We are constantly learning something new through this wonderful portal. So I thought, why not have a useful thread from time to time that will share tips, recommendations, suggestions and the like on a particular topic that would provide information and be beneficial to others. These should and based on your own personal experience and/or expertise and not extracted through search engines.
In this thread, I would like to talk about plants that are supposed to help keep away mosquitoes. A few years ago, I had raised an appeal to help me to get my sleep restored from pesky mosquitoes. Recently, perhaps due to continuous construction work on the roads near our building and at sites of redevelopment projects in our locality, there was a sudden surge of mosquitoes. Nothing worked, not even the tips given in that earlier thread. So finally, out of desperation, I called out to the vendor who comes around on a cycle with various plants whether he had a plant that could keep away the mosquitoes since I had heard about such plants. He convinced me to buy the plant shown in the image below and put various types of fertilizers in it. I decided to rely on his assurance though sceptical. Initially, we did not see any change and mosquitoes continued to harass us. After about 8-10 days, though, all of a sudden, there were no mosquitoes at all. We were quite surprised. We thought perhaps as the road construction work had got completed by Republic Day, perhaps that had helped. Now, while once in a while a mosquito will be buzzing around the room, we are not finding them to be such a nuisance.
Have any of you ever bought a plant to keep away any type of insects? Can you tell me the name of the plant I bought, as the young chap's diction was not very clear and he said what seemd to be 'cardamom plant'. It had tiny indigo purple flowers which are no longer appearing since last few days.